Weight loss is a common issue for people with multiple sclerosis when they start the Overcoming MS Recovery Program. The transition from a diet that is high in saturated fats and processed foods to one that is whole food plant-based can have a big impact.
Although it is important to reduce saturated fat intake, we should not cut out fats altogether as they perform many important functions in the body. Instead, we should change the type of fats we consume.
Avoid saturated fats which usually come from animal products such as meat and dairy. Oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines are good sources of healthy fat and should be consumed approximately three times per week. Look to consume plant-based sources of fat such as avocado and nuts on a regular basis as well as taking 10-20ml of flaxseed oil daily.
People with MS should also take care to maintain a regular level of carbohydrate intake, as reducing this can lead to weight loss. Wholegrain rice and wholegrain pasta are recommended sources of carbohydrates.
If in doubt, registered dietitians can provide detailed information and help put together a balanced way forward.