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    Weight gain

    This seems like the most suitable place to put this, as I guess it is food related, but feel free to move it if needs be.

    According to my doctor, I am not underweight but I am getting very close. In fact, I am just a few kg away from being underweight and I feel terrible and, to be honest, I look awful. She says there is no reason for being so tiny (i.e - she ruled out any possible underlying causes) and it is down to a poor diet.

    My general health is getting worse. I have no energy, no get-up-and-go and my skin and hair are dull and lifeless. My eyes are also so sunken I think they are about to pop out the back of my head.

    My question is this. How do I gain weight in a healthy way? My goal weight is 75kg and my current weight is just under 68kg. (For anyone who wants to know, I am 6 foot 4ish.) Some people have suggested doing weights but that's all the advice I have so far. What sort of things should I be doing and what should I be eating? Just as importantly, how much of everything should I be getting?

    if it helps with any sort of meal-plan type thingy, I eat everything apart from fish.

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    Re: Weight gain

    I've been there before. I didn't really need to gain weight, but I had to stop losing weight.

    It helps if you track your calories. Sometimes people have the opposite problem from people who gain weight, and miscalculate how much they're eating. You may just have to eat a bit more. I used DailyPlate on livestrong.com, but I heard Spark People is also helpful. These also track the nutritional content of food, which is important when you're trying to get more calories in while still staying healthy.

    healthy fats are great. avocados, nuts...stuff like that. You can eat more things like eggs and cheese, but be aware of the added cholesterol. Salmon is also full of good fats (I'd give it a chance!), and so is olive oil.
    Also eat lots of fibre rich carbs like whole grains. I also love sweet potatoes, and I eat a ton of fruit. Fruit is low calorie, but if you eat lots of it, it adds up. It IS high sugar, so if you have to watch that, beware, but it's also full of fibre and vitamins

    You should also talk to your doctor about this. I'm sure she'll have lots of advice as well. It's also important to rule out any other causes for your weight loss and low energy.

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    Re: Weight gain

    Do you generally eat healthily? I'm a big believer in just giving your body what it needs. Chances are, it knows what to do. Make sure to eat balanced foods and get enough of a little bit of everything.

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    Re: Weight gain

    Yeah you can do that, but if you don't eat enough, you'll still lose weight.

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    Re: Weight gain

    I'm in the same exact situation as you. Ours heights and therefor weight might differ, but I'm a skinny guy!

    First of all I'm glad you made sure there's no underlying illness. That's a very smart first step. I'd just add that an underlying cause could also be something psychological. Something as simple as stress can affect your weight greatly. I'm saying this because you talk about having no energy so I'd also look into that.

    Now gaining weight is a simple matter of maths. How many calories do you eat every day, and how much energy is your body burning? If you want to gain weight in a healthy way and not just gain extra fat, I'd say the simplest way to gain weight is to eat healthy and exercise well.

    You are right that lifting weight is good for you because it will bulk up the muscles as opposed to just gaining fat on your body. Overall, you'll need to just make sure you are getting much more calories in your diet. If you have a problem with eating a lot, the best thing to do is to have frequent meals throughout the day. Eat between 5-6 a day. You'll also need to increase your protein intake. That's the building block of your muscles!

    Here's a helpful article: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/how-to-gain-weight

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    Re: Weight gain

    The doctor is in^. LOL



    I have a roommate that is experiencing the same difficulty with weight gain. She's been able to gain nearly 2 pounds in the last 8 weeks. And then lost one, in just the last few days.

    I've always attributed it to metabolism, perhaps wrongly, in that bodies have a daily requirement and not all bodies have the same needs. Using myself as an example, I could easily put away 5 or 6k of calories in a day, all up through my 30's and not gain weight. Conversely, in those same years, I could take in less than 1k and not lose weight. That set of circumstances would have made it impossible to judge what I would have to change, in my diet, to get my body mass up to where it should have been. Now, as I slowly approach 50, the story has changed dramatically. I can't judge how to get my body mass *down* to where it should be.

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    Re: Weight gain

    My boyfriend has this problem. He has a BMI of just over 17 and hates how skinny he looks. However, he really doesn't eat nearly as much as he believes he does. He lives on fast food, junk, pizzas, and very little fruit or veg, so assumes as the media says these things make you fat, that he should be over weight too. But on closer inspection, he eats NOTHING else. So might have a fried breakfast, then crisps for lunch, then a 10 inch pizza for dinner, followed by nothing!

    Now and then, he would gain a little weight, because I'd make sure he ate regular meals of at least 700 calories, but just one or two nighys at his mum's place, was enough to make him lose that again.

    My dream is that he finds work quickly so I can start making him home-cooked food from natural ingredients every day. I plan to buy protein shakes and serve those with every meal. If I am able to do this, I'll let you know if it works.
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    Re: Weight gain

    I know you say you've been tested for underlying causes but doctors often don't check for a B12 deficiency and this can make you lose a lot of weight, as can coeliac disease or gluten intolerance - basically because you aren't absorbing nutrients properly from the food you do eat. Although doctors often say they've tested everything, sometimes they overlook these tests and it's certainly worth testing, particularly if you find you're getting red blotches or bruise like marks on the body. Best of luck
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    Re: Weight gain

    Quote Originally Posted by Jembru View Post
    So might have a fried breakfast, then crisps for lunch, then a 10 inch pizza for dinner, followed by nothing!
    Eeep I thought that -was- a lot of calories on its own. Not nutritious enough by any means, but as far as calorie content, it's a lot. One of those pizzas has like 700-800 calories in it alone!

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