I might start doing this.I have jar of coconut oil in there that I have not been using. I just lost another couple pounds and now I weight 100! Eek! I have been gaining muscle too with my weights and everything so not sure how I didn't gain anything! Wah!
Gaining muscle probably isn't going to help much in gaining weight. The weight we are looking for, is a bit more fat. The problem is where the insulin is putting the glucose. In our case, it certainly isn't in fat, it's going to muscle. Which means it's also probably taking out of our already low amount of fat reserves. If you're working out, your muscles will be calling for nutrients. The best place to get it will be from your fat reserves so, there's a pretty good chance that muscle may make you smaller.
I've just went through a jar of coconut oil and I'm going to get some more. I've picked up enough weight so I don't look like a cadaver and it helps with blood sugar as well.
Really? That is the first time I have heard that. I always hear these stories that when you build muscle when working out to lose weight people often end up gaining weight but it is muscle weight gain.
Gerri on here told me, she used protein to gain weight not necessarily fat. She lost too much at the beginning and was too skinny and protein helped her gain back some weight and I am pretty low on the protein so I am going to try this.
When you are talking about insulin - are you talking about taking insulin or the insulin our bodies produce? Because I am not on insulin.
So you think the coconut oil has helped you gain weight? How much are you taking?
Okay, think of it this way. You are thin because your body prefers to shunt your glucose to your muscles not to your fat cells. If you start working out, you will, of course, gain muscle but your body's preference hasn't changed. You put on muscle but your body took the extra energy it needed to build muscle from your fat cells. The net result is you put on muscle but lost fat, maybe some water in there too. You shouldn't lose much more though.
As to insulin, we're all on insulin whether we inject it or not. I happen to inject it basically because this is what my body is calling for so why not give it to it? Still one thing is true, insulin controls where energy is deposited in the body. Insulin deposits glucose in the fat in overweight people and keeps it there.
I just add the coconut oil to food. I don't know how much. I just use it till it's gone. I think I've picked up a couple of pounds. I don't think I look like a cadaver now.
I figure if I have to be thin that I would rather have muscle and be thin than just be thin.
I started eating about a tablespoon of coconut oil before I go to sleep at night. I just started so I can't really say anything about my weight yet but it my skin definately looks and feels smoother and less dry already! :) So I will probably stay with it even if it doesn't help me stop losing - it has lots of other benefits too.
I am new to this group and find this discussion very interesting. I am 5'3", weighed about 120 when I was diagnosed a year ago, now am down to 103. I exercise (resistance bands, cycling, etc.) twice a week, so I have some good muscle, but now that I'm so thin, my arms almost look skeletal except for the muscle. Would increasing my fat intake improve this situation? And why coconut oil? Why not olive oil or something similar? I do worry about losing any more weight, so I'd like to do something!
this is supposed to help. you could try olive oil - or ghee - or butter - just some good fat. coconut oil has beneficial fatty acids that are supposed to be very good for your immune system. i have found though that with very skinny people (myself included) who are inclined to dryness (vata) that it can be very constipating. olive oil or ghee or other beneficial fats do not constipate me the way coconut oil does. but give it a try!!!
and everyone is different.
myself, i am so thin now - 5'8" and under 110 lbs... that i am thinking about going back on insulin!!!
I was eating the coconut oil right before i went to bed and than I stopped for while. I eat one avocado a day and I use Olive oil on my salads and olives. Other fats I eat are nuts and chocolate. I am a vegan so I don't get a lot of saturated fats. I also bought some coconut butter. This has carbs in though so be careful - it is basiclaly the meat and and oil and it is sweeter tasting so it is more platable than straight coconut oil. (this is the edible stuff not the stuff they sell in the beauty section to put on your skin! don't eat that stuff! lol!
I think I might have a tablespoon of too before I work out. So far I think I am steady at 100 right now -(thank good) I am slowly adding different things back into my diet. With winter coming up I want more warm things - so soup etc. Bread makes me gain weight - too bad I can hardly eat any of it! :)
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