Help me gain weight PLEASE!!!

@katkah (235)
United States
February 5, 2008 10:06pm CST
I'm 5'4" & 102lbs. I want to be at least 110 by summer. I should be 120 to be at my ideal body weight for my hight & bone structure. I went to an online fitness calculator thing, and it said to maintain my weight I need 1,600 but I want to gain! So I figure 2,000 a day would be good, maybe more- I have a high motabalizm.... Give me some high cal, yet still healthy choices here people, please! I don't want to trade in one problem for another... the last thing I need is to get high cholesterol or something. So I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, and I always try to eat something with at least 200 cals before bed. I'm pretty big into my fruits & veggies, which don't have nearly enough cals to get me where I need to be. I pig out on carbs, but they just give me more energy- and I burn off what I eat...grrrrr I've also been trying to up my protiens with fresh venisin, nuts, and I just got 1/2 of a farm fresh pig stuck into my freezer... Any helpful eating tips would be greatly appreciated.
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@cydzzj (356)
• Australia
6 Feb 08
Hello! I think increasing your intake of junk foods and greasy foods is not a good way to gain weight. Even though you need to increase your calorie consumption to gain weight, those calories should come from foods that are good for you. Healthy fats include omega-3 essential fatty acids sources like tuna, salmon, flax, and walnuts. Good sources of protein include lean meats, fish, poultry, nuts, seeds and legumes. Healthy carbohydrate sources include fruits, vegetables and whole grains. It may be easier to eat five pr six smaller balanced meals per day rather than eating three large meals, especially if you are not used to eating much at one sitting. Use a food diary to track your calorie intake to be sure you are getting all of the calories and foods that you need. Add healthy calories to breakfast with an extra slice of whole-grain toast and peanut butter. Mid-morning and afternoon snacks should be nutritious, not junk. Trail mixes contain healthy nuts, dried fruits and can add healthy calories to your diet. Keep your meals balanced. One meal should have a healthy protein source such as fish, low fat meat, chicken or legumes plus two or three serving of vegetables. Green vegetables add lots of vitamins and phytonutrients while starchy potatoes and corn add extra calories. Drink healthy beverages such as milk and fruit juices to add calories. Don't choose sugary sodas, which only add calories and no nutrition. Wish you can reach 120 quickly!
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@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Thank you very much. I try to do this. I used to eat a bunch of small meals at a time, but then heard that it helped raise your motabalism & burn food more quickly- since I wanted to gain instead of lose, I decided to try the opposite and go back to trying to eat bigger meals.
@ladyslew (91)
• United States
7 Feb 08
I wish I had your problem! Unfortunately, there isn't any healthy way to gain weight quickly. Fortunately, it takes years of bad choices for arteries to block - not mere months. Still, why start bad habits? Your real best bet is to stop burning the calories you are already eating. Just like the truth is the only way to lose weight is to burn off more calories than you consume, the only real way to gain weight is to consume more calories than you burn. Sure, it's not healthy to stop exercising either, but I think it's probably a better choice than going on the fast food diet. You might also check at a place like the Vitamin Shoppe or GNC for protien drinks and/or bars that will help you gain weight.
@katkah (235)
• United States
7 Feb 08
The problem with those shakes & bars is that they fill me up so much I end up eating less, there-by consuming less calories in a day than I would without them. Yes, I do need to take in more than I put out calorie wise. It's just hard to take in that many calories since I'm not a junk food junkie.
• United States
7 Feb 08
Wow, those things are that filling? Stuff like Slim Fast and other weight loss drinks or bars sure aren't filling. Maybe trying to diet with the ones intended for gaining would work better! lol
@katkah (235)
• United States
8 Feb 08
I also tried some of the bars intended to be meal replacements for people trying to lose weight, I figured I would eat them as snacks & add some extra cals into my diet that way- the bars for the South Beach Diet, because they are high in protien. I couldn't even finish 1/2 a bar & I was so full from it that I missed the next 2 meals! Needless to say I didn't eat any more of those, but for someone in the opposite perdicament as myself, it would be a good choice. (sorry about my spelling)
@onesiobhan (1330)
• Canada
6 Feb 08
I know that people normally advocate exercise to lose weight, but it will also help you gain if you do a lot of weight-lifting exercises that help you build muscle. Muscle is denser and heavier than fat. I wouldn't worry too much about what the scale says. If you are health and active and eating nutritious food, you are doing well no matter what you weight.
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I've been trying to avoid too much exercise because I was afraid of losing more weight. I know it builds muscle & muscle weighs more than fat, but doesn't it also raise your motabalism? So I would have to try to eat even more calories in a day? I'm having a devil of a time as it is with that...
@peedielyn (1210)
• United States
6 Feb 08
In October of 2007 I was 4'11" and 109lbs. I found out that as you age you gain. I have a high metabolism also. I am now 29 years old and have 4 kids, so it was a blessing to fit into those jeans. Your body type is unique to you. I learned that if you strengthen those muscular areas and build on them, it adds not only pounds but you fill out a little better in clothing. i am now on basic calf lifts, crunches, squats and push ups, all with weights added to it. It's easy to do at home. In order to gain muscle mass you need to burn what fat you have to muscle. Also, I eat slower, as in I make a meal and sit to eat it. I don't grab salads on the go only to eat half of it. Imake sure my body is digesting all of the food on my plate. It also helps to not excercise IMMEDIATLY after eating. You interupt the digesting and burn what you have digested. Good LUck, I am now up to 121 and I looke and feel better!
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I'm 31 and I've had 5 kids, so my motabalism isn't listening to "the rules" on that one....lol
@AICIRT81 (847)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I can give you some of my weight. How much do you want? 20? 40? 60 pounds? Take as much as you would like. JJOC.
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Do I get to pick where it goes? lol
@AICIRT81 (847)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Sure. Do i get to pick where it come off of?
@katkah (235)
• United States
7 Feb 08
How much do boobs weigh? I would like 2 please...lol
@hendrasz (14)
• Indonesia
6 Feb 08
My tip is quite simple get decent meal and decent rest. I became a vegetarian about a half year ago but now i gain more weight to normal standard (i was thin before), so i think veggies is already sufficient, and I never use any suplement.
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
what are some high calorie veggies or fruits? I know avacados have a lot of veggie fat - name some more please.
• United States
6 Feb 08
Hi katkah, Anybody who reads this response will gasp and tell you I don't know what I'm talking about and that it's not healthy to do what I'm going to say. Years ago.......I was 5'8" and weighed 112 pounds. I wasn't anorexic or anything. I was just skinny. I was skinny all my young life. High metabolism or something...I dunno. Anyway - I wanted to gain weight in the worst way so here is what I did. Every morning, and I'm talking every morning, I stopped by the store on my way to work and I got a Twinkie and a carton of chocolate milk. I actually didn't do it for the sole purpose of gaining weight. I really didn't even think much about it. I just liked the sweetness early in the morning. Who knew about sugar rushes back then? Well, the next thing I knew,,,,,(I can't say how long it took), I looked down and there was a belly....Long story short, all of a sudden I was 120 pounds, filling out my clothes like I had never known. I decided to cut back on the twinkie and chocolate milk and started watching what I ate, trying to maintain my size. I stayed that size until I was 40 years old. I'm 57 now and a little fluffy....but that is due to my age and lifestyle. The twinkies and chocolate milk are still a favorite of mine, although I don't eat them as much as I know I could.
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I'm not much for sweets. Sometimes I go to the store and say "I'm going to buy some junk food." and I end up walking out with grapes, wheat thins, and cheese....lol I don't like candy or sugary treats very much, but thanks for your post.
@kykidd (6819)
• United States
6 Feb 08
One helpful tip that the Army recruiters give to soldiers coming in that need to gain weight is to eat lots of bananas. Not only are they healthy, but they will help you gain weight too.
@katkah (235)
• United States
6 Feb 08
Thanks! I just got banana's in the house today! cool. Do we know why it helps? Is it the potasium or what?
@ml2blog (414)
• United States
27 May 08
In order to gain weight, do not exercise and do not reduce the amount of the food you intake. You need to sit a lot, you need to eat fat food such as pizza, fast food, cheese cake, cake, ice cream, and junk drink. Remember, eat a lot and do not do any exercise.
• Canada
25 Mar 08
Oh my God, I wish I had your problem, better yet I wish I could mail you some of the weight I want to get rid of. You could try eating empty cards, like white bread and white pasta and what not. Also lots of meat, however remember to keep it in small portions so that you don't end up with blocked arteries. Other than that I am not sure I usually try to lose weight, not gain it :p
@pongskie (173)
• Philippines
12 Mar 08
we're just the same! i'm 5'1 but weigh less than 90 lbs!! great tips here. hope i'll gain weight too. thanks for the suggestions!!
@youdontsay (3503)
• United States
7 Feb 08
It isn't just eating, it is also building muscle. Muscle is heavier than fat, so if you eat protein and do some muscle building you will gain weight without looking fat. And easy thing to do is build the large muscles in your legs and arms. Check out some body building sites and hit the proteins. You should be able to get on your eight pounds by summer!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
6 Feb 08
I have the same problem you do. I am 5'3 and have been as low as 93 pounds. I try and eat small meals frequently. I try and keep up a good variety of foods. My daughter is still nursing and that makes me burn extra calories as well. I want to gain weight, I just don't want to gain it in an unhealthy way.
• Philippines
6 Feb 08
hmmm..I have been wanting to gain weight myself which I did. I think your weight is ok. Just eat the natural meals. Rice can make you gain weight. Try having it 3x a day then sometimes have snacks with it. Hamburgers are real weight gainer as well. You should eat foods with more cholesterol and fruits and veggies got few of them. Those are diet foods but I'm not saying you should stop eating those. Just eat a well balanced diet. Consult a nutritionist so she can help you get a good diet food chart to be safe. Hope this helps. :)
@nidancal (11)
• India
6 Feb 08
A.- Achieving a desirable body weight and shape involves changes in lifestyle - including diet, exercise, and behaviours that support health B.- Keep in mind that heredity influences body shape and weight. If your parents and siblings are slender, you're more likely to be slender too C.- The following things will help you to gain weight 1.-Diet a.- eat a well balanced diet that includes - whole grains - vegetables and fruits - low-fat dairy products - lean protein sources, such as fish, poultry, beans and legumes b.- you'll likely need to add some fats and sugars to your diet for extra calories - when you add fats, choose unsaturated fats, such as nuts and oils - when adding sugars, select sweets that also provide nutrients, such as bran muffins, yogurt, fruit pies or juice, and granola bars c.- eating 3 meals a day plus between-meals snacks on a regular basis will add the calories you need to gain weight, as well as the balance and variety you need in your diet d.- you don't necessarily need protein drinks or shakes to gain weight - but these can provide extra calories if you feel like you're eating all that you can e.- strength training can help increase lean muscle mass and add weight - strength training is also good for your overall health - develop a program of exercises that includes all the major muscles in your upper and lower body, and trunk - proper technique is key - select a weight that tires your muscles at about 15 to 20 repetitions when first starting - as you progress, try for one set of 12 repetitions about 3 times a week f.- remember, changes in weight and body shape take time - if you want more individualized dietary advice on gaining weight, consult with a licensed or registered dietician - also, a certified trainer can help you to get started with a strength training program ----------------------------------------------------- This information is from The Mayo Clinic You can contact me in case of need