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Weight Gain starting here! Jun 08 2009
18:46 (UTC)

Being so underweight, it's common to initially eat a lot. This settles. What Abbi has said to you about planning ahead is very wise and permits more structure in your intake. Make sure you have a good, big breakfast, too. Breakfast is perhaps one of the easiest meals of the day to bulk up. Whole milk in cereal, butter on toast or peanut butter (or both if you're that sort of person), nuts in porridge (oatmeal) and dried fruit on the side... or a savoury breakfast with sausages and the like. Use your head and plan ahead.

Weight Gain Quick Question Jun 08 2009
18:43 (UTC)

Your BMI is so frightfully low that you really need to not worry about how your gain is affected and rather that you need to eat more and fast. You likely need more than 2500, and I should add you will not just 'gain fat'. No one does. Especially with a weight like yours you will be repairing organs, muscle and body structure by gaining weight. Please, get help.

Weight Gain Has anyone else had similar problems? Jun 08 2009
18:40 (UTC)

Normal. The discomfort is normal. Eating more relieves it. As for the runs, I would see how much fibre you are eating. Too much fibre causes diarrhea.

Weight Gain whats your goal bmi? Jun 08 2009
18:35 (UTC)

She is probably giving you an initial weight. My clinic would give goals building up to a BMI of 20. Note the "at least".

Weight Gain Calories and period? Jun 08 2009
18:33 (UTC)

Pretty excellent advice above. Ask your mum to help you do it instead and talk to a nutritionist if you can to figure out an exchange system which'd equate the right calorie needs for you but focuses on servings, not numbers. As for your period, some people do get it while underweight but it does not mean you're wholly healthy. And it's not very likely to stick around either. Amenorrhoea does also depend on how long it was gone previously, somewhat. Ah, and I should add, I got phantom symptoms at a lower weight and my period didn't come back.

Weight Gain Body fat % Jun 08 2009
18:28 (UTC)

If you have no period we're talking the acceptable range, which is about 25–31%. You're more likely to get it back around there. However there is a standing point in "focus on your BMI" - they often come hand in hand.

Weight Gain is this possible? now i'm underweight~ *_* Jun 08 2009
18:25 (UTC)

Forgive me, I might be a little confused, but by the sound of it you're either grossly underestimating your intake some days or you're simply doing what normal people do - except your net intake is causing you to lose and not gain or maintain. So yes, you need to gain weight and yes, your weight is low to a point of danger.

Start eating 2500 calories on a consistent, consistent basis. Every day. No slips, no ifs, no buts. If you feel like you can't eat that in food every day manage more of your intake in caloric fluids. Same goes for you vinegar. You're probably eating less that you reckon on your "low" days.

Weight Gain Help, do I need to eat more calories? May 28 2009
18:13 (UTC)

Yes, you ideally need more calories. Start at 2500 and see what happens; it's a good place to start. Also, a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter is not a big snack and really is an ideal one.

If you haven't already I'd check out: THE AIM IS TO GAIN: A Guide to Weight Gain, Whatever Your Reason - UPDATED as it has other tips and food ideas, too.

Health & Support Is this normal? May 28 2009
18:11 (UTC)

This is your metabolism speeding up, most likely, but it could also be a sign of something much worse happening and there is no point guessing. Whatever it is this is a sign more than ever that you need to eat more. You are severely underweight still, last I checked and as heavily counting might drain you you cannot go about not counting at the minute - your mind is not going to know what a portion looks like and likely will underestimate.

Furthermore, you do not NEED lots of protein. You need mostly carbohydrates and a good amount of fat.

Health & Support It's baaack, now what? May 27 2009
11:36 (UTC)

Period does not equal healthy.

Your weight is still frightfully low and you still risk things like osteoporosis and a damaged immune system where you are. Plus, the lower your weight the less likely your period will even stick around. Gain to a BMI of 20. If your body's happy weight is lower it adjusts by itself (mine did; when I moved to a maintainance amount, after a week or so I lost some weight and am now sitting at that though still in a healthy range).

Weight Gain lopsided... :-/ May 26 2009
19:53 (UTC)


Wow, I'm blind. I didn't see 'chest' in the first post. Lol! Sorry!

Weight Gain lopsided... :-/ May 26 2009
17:31 (UTC)

First of all: i can fit 3 fingers on one between bottom to middle (i am really rather flat) and 4 fingers under the other - stop that. It's called body checking and it's not healthy.

Second, you eating a lot of fibre by any chance? >_> When I get a bit backlogged I get a puffy stomach on one side.

However, a swelling on one side of the abdomen can actually be something low-key but serious. So if it persists, speak to your doctor about it.

Good to hear you're optimistic and excited. Like Abbi said make sure you get a good amount of fats in to help your period along. And also, weight will distribute eventually.

Weight Gain Like to say hello! May 25 2009
10:44 (UTC)

Hi! First I suggest you read THE AIM IS TO GAIN: A Guide to Weight Gain, Whatever Your Reason - UPDATED as it is full of tips and advice on healthy and sustainable weight gain. And as Summer has said I would go chat with your doctor about your poor appetite as anorexia (the symptom meaning the literal loss of appetite!) is a bad symptom of many possible illnesses and so it's better to chat with a doctor first. There actually also may be some unseen side effects of poor diet that may also need treating.

Nope, you don't have to eat raw eggs. In fact, now is a time to try a whole breadth of foods and see what you enjoy and what you don't. Find ways to get your mouth watering, whether it's cooking up a really nice smelling meal or even with just simpler ingredients you like. If you had any foods you liked when you were a kid try making those, too. You need a good balance between living to eat and eating to live. Food should not be a chore!

McDonalds once a week is perfectly okay and really, any food is. Try to switch it up between choices on the menu but honestly, any diet whether about weight loss, gain or maintanance is about variation and moderation.

The reason you don't feel hungry is because you're probably eating a very limited intake. What you're going to need is likely around 3000 or more calories a day, especially if you have been severely undereating. The best place to begin is to tally up what you eat in a normal day and see how many calories you're actually taking in. Then, push it up all depending - but 3000, generally, is a good target to aim for to help you 'pack on the pounds'. And you don't need shakes or anything like that either - again, please check out the link I gave for food and menu ideas.

Foods How do YOU get fiber in your diet? May 24 2009
18:45 (UTC)

Make sure you're getting enough soluble and insoluble fibre - insoluble is the fibre that forms bulk and regulates acidity and PH in the gut and soluble is the fibre that helps regulate blood sugar and cholesterol.

Insoluble fibre examples:
 -- Whole-wheat pastas, breads, etc
 -- Quinoa
 -- Brown rice
 -- Bran products
 -- Fruit and vegetable skins, such as potato skins, tomato skins, plum/prune skins, apple skins, pear skins
 -- Nuts and seeds, particularly flax, almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts

Soluble fibre examples:
 -- Oats
 -- Rye
 -- Barley
 -- Potatoes of all varieties
 -- Psyillium husks
 -- Legumes and pulses, especially lentils, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kidney beans, pinto beans and soybeans

And pretty much all fruits and vegetables. Particularly raspberries, plums, bananas, sweetcorn, prunes, apples, pears, blackberries, broccoli, cauliflower, brussels, asparagus, artichokes and dried fruit. Again, never introduce lots more fibre without drinking enough water to compensate. There is a more detailed list of fibre sources here for future reference.

Weight Gain How to go about this? May 23 2009
15:48 (UTC)

There is no way that on so few calories you are fuelling your body with what it needs. The minimum intake for a sedentary male under 21 is 1800 per day. And believe it or not, that’s only the sedentary minimum. Unless you are very, very short and small, and/or if you are working out it is very likely you will need even more calories than those minimum guidelines.

As you are so dangerously underweight, you need to gain weight. To do so you need to be eating at least 3000 calories sedentary to gain steadily and keep the weight on. If you begin to work out you will need to eat more. Therefore you need to be counting, unfortunately, even if you'd rather not. For more info on this read here: THE AIM IS TO GAIN: A Guide to Weight Gain, Whatever Your Reason - UPDATED

Eating too low a calorie intake, or having a deficit from your BMR greater than 1000 results in something called "survival mode", where your body holds every last thing it can get in expectance of a famine. Water, food, calories. Explained:

  • Dieting & Metabolism - This article explains starvation mode and why undereating is counter productive.
  • The Body Neglected - This is what happens when you undereat for an extended period of time. 
  • "Obesity on 700 Calories" - A tale of starvation mode's devistating effects, and proof you don't have to be underweight to be starving.
  • From Ask Mary, the segment provided by our CC nutritionist Mary Hartley: On the dangers of undereating and what it does to your body.

Your BMI makes you dangerously underweight. The physical dangers that come with undereating and being underweight are numerous. You put yourself at risk of osteoporosis, of loss of libido and erectile dysfunction, hair loss, electrolyte problems, a weakening of the immune system, low blood pressure, blood disorders such as anemia, heart problems, and even death. The mental woes that come alongside can be just as devestating. Depression is common in undereaters, as well as distorted perceptions and problems like Body Dysmorphic Disorder.

You are describing a disordered eating pattern and your most immediate concern should be your health - and for that that means you need to talk to your doctor and your family and increase your calories. But know this: Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management and if you are not seeking to manage your weight healthily we cannot and will not help you.

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Weight Gain Ideas and thanks May 22 2009
14:14 (UTC)

You're most welcome, but also know you may well need more calories in the future. And as Abbi has said I really hope you find outpatient treatment at least. This isn't just about getting your weight up, but sorting your head out else relapse is a high likelihood. I'm facing the mental side of things now even though my weight's okay and it's extremely challenging even with support - so without it it's worse. Keep a rapport up with your doctor and make sure he aids you in everything.

Weight Gain my boyfriend needs to eat more, need advice May 22 2009
14:08 (UTC)

You've had some really good advice already, but as has been said I really think you need to get him to a doctor. It is very likely he may be anemic and his extremely low weight will not be helping him much either. Try to chat to him as to whether he would be okay to go vegetarian even just for a while while properly learning to supplement his diet at the same time. This will also be easier on him for weight gaining purposes; we have some vegetarian weight gainers who pack in lots of calories.

But 2400? No, that's not enough at all. He should be eating closer to 3000, 3500 as suggested. Again, I would REALLY take him to a doctor. And you do need to make sure he takes charge of this. You can lead a horse to water but you can't make them drink.

Weight Gain //// May 22 2009
14:02 (UTC)

You were undereating previously, correct? Your hair reflects the state of your body three months prior. Your hair is taking the effects of undereating. It will grow back. I would also get a check to see if you are anemic if you have not done so already as this can also lead to hair loss. But again, it will grow back; I have a full head of hair again (as can actually be seen in my before/after!) but this growth will only progress if you keep your calories up.

Weight Gain I am starting my weight gain TODAY!! May 22 2009
13:57 (UTC)

If you've been this weight all your life and you find no matter what you eat, you don't gain weight, then it may well be this is actually where your body is happy. But gaining for confidence and future health is extremely viable and your weight is very low, so good for you for wanting to gain.

I suggest you read the following sticky's advice and the steps within to help you on your journey with weight gain: THE AIM IS TO GAIN: A Guide to Weight Gain, Whatever Your Reason - UPDATED

Boost, Ensure and similar weight gain shakes aren't advisable in my opinion. If you are not severely malnourished or not already taking in a very high calorie amount you do not need them. You can make calories in food very easily, without lots of bulk, as the above link will tell.

Weight Gain Weight Gainers: What did YOU eat today? May 20 2009
17:42 (UTC)

This is not the place.