How best to GAIN weight & muscle mass.
Posted Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 10:03 PM
I realize that title may be a bit strange in this forum, but hear me out. I have followed Dr. Barnard's vegan plan for Diabetes for about two years now. Before and after this regimen I have characterized my body's response to various specific meals and there has been no reversal of my Diabetes. However I have been able to slightly lower my A1c readings plus I have stayed with veganism for all its other health benefits. But since I was not overweight before beginning that change in eating the result has been a significant loss of weight and also significant muscle mass and strength. A current BMI of around 20.5 while in the normal range seems way too low for me and I would like to gain back strength as well. I cannot seem to consume enough calories without including amounts of grains (whole of course) that affect my blood glucose response. My main focus has been "beans and greens", but I would welcome any suggestions for other foods with which to safely add calories and protein with minimum impact on blood sugar spikes. Thanks.