How to gain weight???

Philippines
June 11, 2011 6:27am CST
It has been my problem since ages ago! I've been trying to pull up my weight but to no avail. I really hate being skinny and everybody recommends to me to put up more weight. It's not that I'm not doing something about it. I've already tried taking protein rich drinks, eat my hearts out, be totally lazy and not move too much and gulp in vitamins and supplements but still I'm stuck at my weight. It's not that the things I did really didn't made any progress. I gain weight but after some time I rapidly lose the product of hard work altogether. Now I'm thinking of enrolling in a gym to beef up my body but I'm hesitant to start it out since I don't have any muscle to build and tone with. Any tips on how to gain weight on ectomorphs like me? The more practical and less money consuming, the better. Hope to get replies from those health buffs and body experts out there!
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@1hopefulman (22555)
• Canada
13 Jun 11
Start the exercise program slowly. Go for a walk every day. Start with little weights and build up. When you feel good then you are happy.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 11
I do brisk walking everyday. My workplace is just a fifteen minute walk from my place so I do walk regularly. The problem is when I walk I always sweat a lot! During the course of my walk, I always sweat profusely and at the end of the walk (cooling down) there begins my excessive perspiration. I realease a lot of water when it is hot. But when I am in a cold, air conditioned room, I sweat at a minimum. However, I always feel the urge to urinate a lot of times! I really don't know what's the matter. My friends even tell me I'm like a fluidized bed. Haha! Do you think I got symptoms now of a disorder? I hope not.
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@1hopefulman (22555)
• Canada
17 Jun 11
I am not a medical person therefore I can't really comment on your health condition. Sweating is a normal function of the body but excessive sweating is not. Always good to consult a health professional or two. Too frequent urination should also be looked at medically.
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• Philippines
17 Jun 11
Yeah, I think so too. I've been trying to check if what I got is a symptom of a deadly disease. I'll try to make the doctor's check on me on my medical exam. Thanks for the concern 1hopefulman.
• United States
12 Jun 11
Putting on weight just like loosing it, takes time and effort. However, there is the issue of metabolism, a fast metabolism is going to burn the calories you consume, doesn't matter how much (a person can only eat so much) or how little you 'sit around', it's simply going to burn those calories. Body fat isn't really a great plan for weight gain, as body fat has a lot of negatives that come with it, and if you do successfully gain weight as body fat it may 'backfire' on you and cause too great a weight gain. Instead, just eat the amounts you normally would, perhaps making the evening meal the heaviest of the day, high protein diets aren't going to put that weight on, starches and sugars convert more easily into fat, fat that will convert back into usable calories or sugars for your body to burn when needed. It doesn't take a lot of muscle mass to build upon, the advantage of building muscle mass is that it is rather more attractive than simple fat, and more comfortable. You don't need to join a gym to create a body building program, there are plenty of sites that will give you basic information right on line. It isn't even always a need to build muscle that is necessary, toning muscle, gaining definition can make a lot of difference in the way you and others perceive your appearance. I sounds to me like you are what I would term rather young, early 20's perhaps, if that is the case, have patience, your metabolism will change as you age...meantime, tone and define the muscles you do have, and you may even note a upward trend of the scale.
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
Yes, I'm currently at 23. Currently, I'm trying eating heavy breakfast and less during dinners and the evening. Contrasting to what you are suggesting because eating heavily for breakfast and less during evenings is the conventional wisdom. I do believe I got a body metabolism which is very fast. Can you suggest ways on how to lower the rate of body metabolism? Or is it possible to decrease its rate? I do agree that gaining weight and losing weight both takes time and effort and I am willing to invest both to gain weight. I just need the most efficient and tested methods because what I have previously used is rather ineffective or does not produce great results for me so far. Thanks for taking your time on bringing out your thoughts here imnobodyspecial! Much appreciated!
• United States
13 Jun 11
You've stated you are following the conventional wisdom, eating more heavily in the mornings and less in the evenings...that is the conventional wisdom for weight loss...think of your body like a car for a moment, it starts out slow, consuming little fuel, yet as it accelerates it consumes more fuel, the more acceleration the more fuel it consumes. When it hits a plateau (cruising speed) the fuel consumption levels off (mornings to early afternoon), then when the car begins to slow down it use a bit less fuel then a bit less and a bit less until it is in idle mode where it uses the least amount of fuel needed to stay running (evenings to night). So eating more heavily in the evenings (assuming you are a daytime person), would mean that your body would consume less of the fuel (food) you put into it, less consumption means more storage. Not every person in this world is meant to gain weight...some of us never will have the physique we seek. As long as you are healthy, no matter what your weight, the rest is merely cosmetic.
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
Thanks for that nice model of what you are trying to illustrate. Got it! But will eating much in the evening affect my sleep? I'm just concerned because I heard of stories of people not waking up after falling asleep full. Can you suggest the grace period or time of digestion enough after a massive meal in the evening to ensure proper sleep? Keep it coming, I'm all ears on you. Thanks!
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
15 Jun 11
Hi AgentGulaman! Nice to know that there is someone here trying to gain weight like I do. I always come across with tips on how to lose weight but rarely can I find tips to gain weight. I just wish we have a reality show like "The biggest gainer" so we can see how they can gain weight! Sometimes it is really hereditary on why we have such fast metabolism. I have always been thin in my entire life and so is my mom. I noticed however, that she started gaining weight when she had her menopause. She is so big now. I really could not give you much help. In fact I read all those who responded to your discussion with the hope of finding some helpful tips. I don't like to try the raw eggs! So far, the milk supplement had worked for me for some time. I might just go back to it the next few days. Have you tried the vitamins? I think it is cheaper than the milk. My son had been prescribed by his pedia to use Appebon and he is quite heavy now. We were asked to discontinue it once we had gotten the results that we wanted. Hope we can have our desired weight soon. I still need around 10-20 pounds.
• Philippines
15 Jun 11
Hi there sweet_pea! We really should star on a reality show "The biggest gainer". I'll make sure that I'll out gain you! Haha! Anyway, I have tried vitamins supplement but still to no avail. People around me suggests that the effect of the vitamins and supplements will effect when I get older and I hope it is now. I've also drink milk every nighttime. However, dairy products such as milk thickens my mucous making me prone to difficult breathing. That is why I only take it once a day every nighttime. Is it Appebon or Appeton? I have tried Appeton but its price is hefty for me. It gained me some weight, however the weight I gain from it vanished abruptly everytime I get a stressful day. I got a problem with rapid weight loss. I hope this topic will give us some good solutions regarding our problem. Just keep on reading the comments and suggestions. i , myself is learning some new tricks to use for my weight gaining. Best of luck for our weight gaining!
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
Yeah it is Appeton. You can try the vitamin capsule Appebon if you have problems with the milk. Unlike you, I haven't lost the pounds I gained even if I stopped drinking the milk already. I'll let you win if ever there is "The biggest gainer" show here. I just want to reach my normal weight. I don't want to be too extreme as to be overweight. I still want to look sexy for my husband.
• Philippines
20 Jun 11
Oh! I really haven't heard of Appebon, but I do take vitamin supplements regularly. At the moment, I am at normal weight range. However I am not consistently within it because of rapid weight loss. I still need to bulk up some more because my current weight is in the lower specification limit of the normal body weight range for my age and height. Just wish me luck to gain some more pounds and I'll gladly let you lose with the "The best gainer" show. Haha!
• Canada
11 Jun 11
Hi, you have a metabolism that people envy. You need weight training, or start a weight training program. How often do you exercise? If you do already exercise, minimize the high frequency light weight training, and increase the low frequency heavy weight training. Instead of lifting weights that are 10-15 lbs and do a lot of reps, lift weights that are 20-30-40 lbs if possible and do only a few reps is what i mean. Also, try products that are known as mass gainers, in these mixtures, a 250ml cup is equivalent to a day's meal and more. Usually 1000-3000 calories per cup. Insane yea i know. But this does not mean you should stop eating your normal meals. Usually when you utilize mass gainers you are required to exercise using heavy equipment more often. These are similar to protein drinks/shakes/supplements. But mass gainers are more unique to people with high metabolism, and you may want to add protein to these if you wish. Follow instructions in the box. I believe, if you feel strong and healthy, you may not need to gain/lose weight. However, i have noticed with a few of my friends, with similar metabolism like yours to have really bad cardiovascular. Before starting any weight gaining procedures, check your health first. Visit a doctor, and or try your test your cardiovascular, do some skipping and running and see how long you last. If not intense enough, try sprinting short distance with short break and sprint again, jogging is usually way to easy. If you are fine, and don't prefer going to the gym. Do basic push ups, 5-30 reps every 15-45 mins, squats in similar frequency, and lunges. The key is to do them very slow, annoying may be, but doing them slow will help you utilize your muscles more instead of relying on your motion velocity. So, an average person can do a full push up in 1 second, for you, try to do 3 seconds going down, and 3 seconds going up, etc. And instead of mass gaining products, try ice cream along with your exercises. Goodluck, reply back if you have any questions.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
A nice and comprehensive post way2vision! Everyday I do around 50 reps of push ups and some stretching. However I do cheat on it sometime. Haha! Maybe I should try doing it slowly. Honestly I've been doing those reps abruptly. About the cardiovascular thing, I do believe I got a not so strong cardiovascular. I get tired fast during doing away with the tread mill. However I do think that my legs limit my time on tread mill and running or jogging. Previously, I do squats but not consistently. Question: when I start to take protein supplements and stop it at times till mybody mass suddenly decrease which means I will be dependent on those suplements? That's my fear of using protein drinks and supplements from known suppliers. Anyway, I know the importance of exercise and I would love to apply your suggestion of minimizing light training and focusing on heavy training. Honestly, I've been stuck to lightweight training because I find doing heavy lifting very hard that I need longer rest after the training which takes some of my time. Maybe I should fix my schedule. Thank you very much for the inputs! I'm learning and keep it coming! Much appreciated!
• Canada
11 Jun 11
Usually protein supplements has been used to aid people with shedding body fat when working out, while keeping your metabolism working. With your body type, i don't think you need protein supplements, though they do aid when building muscles, as they repair and create muscle tissues. Your body will not rely on these supplements if you have a balanced diet. Usually when people work out whether it is for losing weight or gaining weight, there is a strange phenomenon where your body will increase weight, usually perhaps because your metabolism is steadily adjusting to the intensity of the exercise and creating the illusion that it wants more energy, even though there are still stored energy in your body. Afterwards, your body will lose weight (depending on your diet of course). If this occurs, you will need to increase your caloric intake that is why i suggested ice cream. Ice cream has been used due to its caloric intake. The more calories you have to burn, will allow you to exercise a lot more and this will result in gaining muscle mass. It may take some time to see obvious results, but make sure to be consistent and don't skip multiple days. When you do, people often forget about their mission. (plenty of carbohydrates, like spaghetti will also work). But make sure when you eat carbohydrates it is prior to your exercise, or when you want to repair your body over night. Also i suggest to do exercise different parts of your body each day, to prevent the "i'm sore i don't wanna work out today" effect. So chest, and shoulders one day. Legs and back with core the next. Mainly, you must increase your caloric intake or at least match the caloric intake that the protein supplements provide. Yoga will also help limber up your body so that your muscles are more comfortable when it comes to heavy equipment exercises.
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Whoa! that post is quite long but still interesting to read especially because it is helpful for this topic. Thanks for taking your time to reply. Now I get it. I just have to do this one step at a time. Exercise heavily and then my body will adapt to the intensity of my training. Then with the kind of intense workouts I do, I have to adjust my calorie intake to cope up with it. That's where ice cream comes to the picture. Then the cycle goes on. Honestly, I'm stuck with my current workouts. Maybe it's time to move on to the next. I'll take also your advice to vary my focused workout depending on the part of the body. Yoga, maybe I'll try to reseach regarding that technique first so I can check if it suits me. Thank you very much for the suggestion.
@rmnrmn (583)
• India
11 Jun 11
I am chubby. The only way I gain too much weight by over sleeping and eating too much at a time. Its not a good suggestion to your problem. I guess you should check up your whole body specially check your hormones. Due to deficiency in hormones, people get fat or skinny sometimes. By the way, do you have any deceases?
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
I do gain weight when I overslept or eat a lot but the problem is when even just a day or two I've been stressed or not been able to sleep well rapid weight loss occurs. Also the gain in weight is very minimal. I son't smoke and I don't have any history of diseases but I do sweat a lot. Do you think there must be a problem with my body or it is just due to genes naturally? I really don't get frequent symptoms of any disease I guess.
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@rmnrmn (583)
• India
11 Jun 11
I am not health expert. But I think you should consult with a doctor for your problem. Check your full body to minimize the probability of health deterioration more in future.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Well you got me thinking about that. I should try to squeeze in my schedule to see a health expert. Got your point on the subject rmnrmn. Thanks for the concern!
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Hi AgentGulaman! I'm also wondering on how to gain weight. I eat a lot, Sleep a lot, Slack a lot and do minimal exercises. My Mom use to say that it runs in the family of my father that they are thin until the age of 20 but guess what. I'm already 22 and still I'm stuck with this weight. I have tried that very well known gain weight milk for about a month and still no results. Also high protein diet didn't help. I wish someone can help us through this discussion. I really hope so! Good luck and All the best!!
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Hi there! Pretty much the same problem as mine. The only difference is that almost all members of our family are starting to blow up on weight now with me being the only one left behind. They're always kidding me to transfer their unwanted fats to me. Anyways, I'm still not giving up on this goal of mine. I pretty sure I'll look great when I get to add and beef up some fats and muscles into my body. We can do this rhannealmoite! I hope our fellow myLotters here have some good suggestions and ideas to help us out. and also I tried a well known gain weight milk too to no avail. We might have bought the same stuff. Haha!
@sweet_pea (3326)
• Philippines
15 Jun 11
Geez! I also used that well known gain weight and it worked for me and so are my other 2 colleagues. In fact, they are the ones who recommended it to me. One really gained weight to the point that she got overweight. It didn't work for me for just one month, it takes time,patience and money. That milk was quite pricey. Anyway, I saw the changes within 2 months. I noticed my belly was the first to increase in size. I just bought new pants and now I can hardly be on them. I started to gain flesh in my arms,legs and face. I gained 10 pounds in 2 months. However I noticed, after some time of using it. I returned to my old appetite. So I stopped, drinking them for almost a month now. But I might just resume it again in the next days. Fortunately, I am stuck with my weight and even if I am not eating as I used to, I still haven't lost the pounds that I gained. I might just try the multi-vitamins since it is much cheaper.
• Philippines
15 Jun 11
The gain weight product works at some point but really, with its price, I am not satisfied with the results I am getting. I have used it over for a few months only though. Maybe when I get a fair share of earnings will i try to revert back to using it. But as of now, my budget won't be able to accomodate it. I will just have to do with milk and vitamins that are more affordable as of the moment.
@ritzz07 (791)
• India
11 Jun 11
hi agentgulaman dear friend adding or putting weight is not so difficult but loosing is very hard still if you want to put some as you dont want to be skinny i would like to suggest some thing please try this and i am sure this will help you to put on 1)add one spoon ghee in milk and drink it evcery morning.... 2)and in the evening boil some dry dates in milk and have it befor going in bed. 3)eat fruits everyday .......... 4)and if want to be little bit fatty eat burger it puts fat very soon......
• Philippines
14 Jun 11
You're so lucky because you have this metabolism that keeps you away from gaining weight while I am trying so hard to slim down. Have you tried drinking a milk formula that is designed for skinny people to gain weight? The name of the milk brand is Appeton Weight Gain. You can try for a few days and see the outcome.
• Philippines
14 Jun 11
Yup! I tried that one too. Appeton Weight Gain made me increased my weight a bit. But still, whenever I encountered even just one stressful day, all the weight I gained through drinking Appeton disappears. I really can't avoid stressful situations every now and then. Plus it costs a lot too without that significant effect that I am looking forward to. If only you can transfer your excess fats to me. Haha! Having a fast metabolism has its advantages and disadvantages too, but I think I got it excessively fast in the first place. That's why I need to slow it down a bit. Do you know any ways to slow down metabolism rate? I am trying to dig on how the body acts slow during night time resulting in a slow metabolism at the end of the day. Maybe I can get an idea or two on how to do it during day time too. Haha! What do you think of that?
@katie0 (5212)
• Japan
12 Jun 11
Carbs...I think you have to eat a lot of it, not exercise too much and in two years you might have 6 kg more...
• Philippines
13 Jun 11
I'm loading on carbohydrates too. I eat plenty of rice and starchy foods. It's just that my metabolism can easily break down carbohydrates and expend into energy instantly. Hence, I don't get to store it in my body. Thanks for having the time to read on this.
• Singapore
12 Jun 11
I suggest you just eat when you feel like it, a little snacking when watching the tv, or playing games, or even when you walk past a street vendor will sure make you gain a few pounds within the week.
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Yeah! I've been doing that too. Many small meals and snacking in betweens for the whole day. I've read about that strategy too somewhere. However, I'm not really getting results from it effectively. I gain minimal weight and with just one stressful workday, all a months nibbling work weight gain suddenly lose out. I'm still practicing that habit but it's not that effective on me though.
@madteaparty (2763)
• Japan
12 Jun 11
My recommendation is not to gain weight just because people told you to, simple as that. People who tell you to lose weight are mostly people jealous of your body, and want you to be a little more like them so the won't feel that anxious about being near someone with the body they want. If you want to gain weight because you really dislike your body, I'm afraid that with your kind of metabolism it's going to be impossible, at least when it comes to gaining fat. You can try gaining muscle. Even if you have no muscle tone now, doing exercise for a while your muscles will turn stronger and bigger. You will gain weight with that as muscles weight when they're well trained, but it won't really be physically noticeable.
• Philippines
12 Jun 11
Hi there madteaparty! Really, I don't go with what people want me to look like. I just want to feel good of myself and I think I can get self esteem from beefing up my body. Also, my current weight is at the lower limit of the normal body mass index for my height and age classification. I just want to be on average of the BMI range. Yes, I do believe I got a higher rate of metabolism in my body. It has its advantages but I think it will be healthier for me if I get a normal metabolism. My body is classified as ectomorph, and I need to increase my weight to get more desirable physique. Thanks for your input though.
@gebbesse (66)
• Canada
11 Jun 11
Hey, I am almost 27, a hundred and fifteen pounds and six foot. Working out with heavy lifting of weights will help build muscle mass. Make sure to get as much calories as possible and 1 to 2 grams of protein for every pound of body weight, which isn't hard if you eat alot. Carbohydrates will fuel, protein after workouts will aid in rebuilding you and a small amount of healthy fats will go a long way. The key is to keep at it day after day. Use proper form, heavy weight and maxium amount of reps. Good luck.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
I am sure to go about your suggestions gebbesse. Can you tell me the most common food which can give me protein. Maybe I\ll try going into a gym to be able to do heavy weight lifting, or can you suggest heavy weight lifting techniques for home? I mean, what practical equipments can I buy to be able to do heavy lifting without going to the gym and not be expensive also. Thanks a lot for the insights!
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Hi AgentGulaman, Same here, I am also skinny. Same as you, having a hard time gaining weight. I also tried protein drinks, going to the gym. I did gain some weight but then again after a time i lost it somehow. I don't know maybe it has something to do with our genes. Because both my grandfather on both sides are tall and skinny. It may also be our metabolism. Its sure is fast. If ever you found a solution to this problem, don't hesitate to share I would really love to find out. Thanks.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Try browsing ritzz07's suggestion in this topic. I'll be trying it as soon as I can. Anyway, if I get to try it I'll let you know the results. Also, do share some solutions you might get into regarding our problem. Regards!
@dodo19 (29307)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
11 Jun 11
I've been having the exact same problem. I've always been very tinny. Now, as an adult, I'm really trying to gain weight. Any time that I feel like my weight is at place where even a little happy about, I soon find myself losing it without wanting to or even trying. I've always struggled with putting on any kind of weight. It does get annoying. I find that it does.
• Philippines
11 Jun 11
Yeah! we got the same problem. I hope other myLotters will help us out by giving sound advice. Try browsing above comment by ritzz07. It might be the solution to our ever since problem. Nothing to lose if we try ritzz07's suggestion. Putting up weight and losing it so easily really is annoying and frustrating. Others may have trouble losing their weight, but I think gaining weight is harder than it seems for hard gainers like us. T_T Don't worry, we can do this! We're not giving up on gaining weight, right dodo19?! :)