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Cannot gain weight

Postby Nonii18 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:07 pm

Hello,

For a while I haven’t been able to gain weight. A lot of people say I’m lucky but I don’t feel lucky. I would gain a few pounds after I eat, and then hours later I would lose it all. Not only that, I eat pretty bad. I eat u healthy foods often and cannot gain weight or when I do I lose it and I’m starting to feel self conscious about my body and how bony I look.

Any tips?
Thanks in advance
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Re: Cannot gain weight

Postby Radio_Girl » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:22 pm

Hey! Just FYI, even if your BMI indicates you're underweight doesn't mean you're not healthy! My BMI is 17.7 (<18.5 is "underweight") and I'm just as strong-if not stronger-than many of my bigger friends. There are also factors such as extremity length and metabolism you have to think about when comparing your lifestyle/looks to others. Although, I understand wanting to look different (even though our body type is often what runway model agencies look for ;) ), so here's what I copied from the Mayo Clinic's website:

Eat more frequently. When you're underweight, you may feel full faster. Eat five to six smaller meals during the day rather than two or three large meals.

Choose nutrient-rich foods. As part of an overall healthy diet, choose whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals; fruits and vegetables; dairy products; lean protein sources; and nuts and seeds.

Try smoothies and shakes. Don't fill up on diet soda, coffee and other drinks with few calories and little nutritional value. Instead, drink smoothies or healthy shakes made with milk and fresh or frozen fruit, and sprinkle in some ground flaxseed. In some cases, a liquid meal replacement may be recommended.

Watch when you drink. Some people find that drinking fluids before meals blunts their appetite. In that case, it may be better to sip higher calorie beverages along with a meal or snack. For others, drinking 30 minutes after a meal, not with it, may work.

Make every bite count. Snack on nuts, peanut butter, cheese, dried fruits and avocados. Have a bedtime snack, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a wrap sandwich with avocado, sliced vegetables, and lean meat or cheese.

Top it off. Add extras to your dishes for more calories — such as cheese in casseroles and scrambled eggs, and fat-free dried milk in soups and stews.

Have an occasional treat. Even when you're underweight, be mindful of excess sugar and fat. An occasional slice of pie with ice cream is OK. But most treats should be healthy and provide nutrients in addition to calories. Bran muffins, yogurt and granola bars are good choices.

Exercise. Exercise, especially strength training, can help you gain weight by building up your muscles. Exercise may also stimulate your appetite.
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Re: Cannot gain weight

Postby Nonii18 » Tue Apr 27, 2021 7:41 pm

Radio_Girl wrote:Hey! Just FYI, even if your BMI indicates you're underweight doesn't mean you're not healthy! My BMI is 17.7 (<18.5 is "underweight") and I'm just as strong-if not stronger-than many of my bigger friends. There are also factors such as extremity length and metabolism you have to think about when comparing your lifestyle/looks to others. Although, I understand wanting to look different (even though our body type is often what runway model agencies look for ;) ), so here's what I copied from the Mayo Clinic's website:

Eat more frequently. When you're underweight, you may feel full faster. Eat five to six smaller meals during the day rather than two or three large meals.

Choose nutrient-rich foods. As part of an overall healthy diet, choose whole-grain breads, pastas and cereals; fruits and vegetables; dairy products; lean protein sources; and nuts and seeds.

Try smoothies and shakes. Don't fill up on diet soda, coffee and other drinks with few calories and little nutritional value. Instead, drink smoothies or healthy shakes made with milk and fresh or frozen fruit, and sprinkle in some ground flaxseed. In some cases, a liquid meal replacement may be recommended.

Watch when you drink. Some people find that drinking fluids before meals blunts their appetite. In that case, it may be better to sip higher calorie beverages along with a meal or snack. For others, drinking 30 minutes after a meal, not with it, may work.

Make every bite count. Snack on nuts, peanut butter, cheese, dried fruits and avocados. Have a bedtime snack, such as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a wrap sandwich with avocado, sliced vegetables, and lean meat or cheese.

Top it off. Add extras to your dishes for more calories — such as cheese in casseroles and scrambled eggs, and fat-free dried milk in soups and stews.

Have an occasional treat. Even when you're underweight, be mindful of excess sugar and fat. An occasional slice of pie with ice cream is OK. But most treats should be healthy and provide nutrients in addition to calories. Bran muffins, yogurt and granola bars are good choices.

Exercise. Exercise, especially strength training, can help you gain weight by building up your muscles. Exercise may also stimulate your appetite.



Thank you so much!!! I appreciate it!
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Re: Cannot gain weight

Postby elisabeth03 » Sat May 01, 2021 7:36 pm

Peanut butter is cool for weight gain, you can put in it loads of stuff. And you can eat pasta, it goes with almost anything I think.
My BMI says underweight too, but I feel pretty ok so maybe ur ok too? Unless ur uncomfy.
(Not peanuts if ur allergic tho)
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Re: Cannot gain weight

Postby Kearstenk » Thu May 06, 2021 12:56 am

Nonii18 wrote:Hello,

For a while I haven’t been able to gain weight. A lot of people say I’m lucky but I don’t feel lucky. I would gain a few pounds after I eat, and then hours later I would lose it all. Not only that, I eat pretty bad. I eat u healthy foods often and cannot gain weight or when I do I lose it and I’m starting to feel self conscious about my body and how bony I look.

Any tips?
Thanks in advance


Hey, I am skinny and self conscious too. Just know you aren't alone. Even though I am pretty skinny I'm 5'3 and weigh a little over 140. My bmi is right on the border of overweight. (24.5 I think, don't come at me if im wrong) but I've just learned to give myself as much love as possible. Surround yourself with positivity. If you put Positive quotes around your room you can read everyday that might help. Just know you are loved by many people for who you are❤.
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