How To GAIN Weight...

Canada
January 22, 2007 8:53pm CST
Yup..you read it right. I'm looking for suggestions, and realistic ones, to GAIN weight. I've tried the old eat a jar of peanut butter daily thing, and that just made me sick of peanut butter, milkshakes, ok, let's face it, we can only take in so much milk before we feel sick. I would prefer to stay away from the protein shakes, because 1. I don't want to put a hell of alot on, and 2. they taste horrible! So if any of you know how to slow metabolism down or at least fight it off enough to get some meat on these bones, please help me out. Thanks all.
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@PhMaker (250)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I would to know too, if u find something that works let me know, i m still few pounds underweight :(
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@ashmin (175)
• United States
24 Jan 07
That does not sound like that much. You have nothing to worry about. I remember while I was in high school my BMI was 15 when your ideal is 19 to 24. Its pretty sad but I learned that sleeping helped.
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@warpio (66)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
I don't think it's healthy to intentionally gain weight. I think that is just as unhealthy as not eating enough. You should just eat whenever is natural for you and stop worrying about other people saying you are too skinny.
• Canada
23 Jan 07
lol..sorry but I'm not worried about what anyone else has to say about my being skinny or whatever. I appreciate the advice but I've learned that lesson many years ago. I want to put weight on to make myself happy. I would enjoy having a few more pounds on for many reasons, one of them being that I hate shopping for pants etc to fit me because barely anything does! I want to have weight for ME and no one else.
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
And as an afterthough, my BMI is indeed "unhealthy"..for my age and height, I should be 117 lbs. So putting weight on isn't "unhealthy" for me. Check your own BMI and see what it has to say. :P
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• United States
23 Jan 07
It's not a matter of what other people think. It is hard to not be able to gain weight and to feel tired because your body burns calories so quickly. Unhealthy would be to eat all that fatty stuff and clog up the arteries. It is a hard thing to understand but some people suffer because of being under weight as people do with weight gain. It's just not a large percentage of people.
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@magnet (2087)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I know that if you get pregnant it will put weight on you.
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Ok, sure, but I belive that I stated sensible solutions, and I have two kids, so as for keeping the weight on this has no leverage. And I'm also not so irresponsible to get pregnant just to put weight on. :S
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@magnet (2087)
• United States
29 Jan 07
Sorry, I wish that I did not post that but I can't delete it. I did not mean it that way. I'm not suggesting that you get pregnant. Pregnacy sometimes cause weight gain. That's what I should have said. Another way to put on weight is to drink ensure, that worked for me when I was trying to put on alittle weight. Again I am sorry for the post.
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• Canada
29 Jan 07
No worries about the post :) I have had two kids, and oh how I wish that I kept some of the weight on. I will try the ensure though. Thanks for checking back :)
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• Philippines
23 Jan 07
Before my weight was 115 lbs. I wanted to gain some weight like 15 t0 20 lbs more. I decided to go to the gym and do a program on weight gaining. after a month I ended up to be 135 lbs.
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@ashmin (175)
• United States
24 Jan 07
My cousin is having a problem with her weight. Would that work for a minor?
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• Canada
24 Jan 07
For younger people, they should wait because they are still growing. As for going to the gym, if your cousin is a female, she might want to be careful on that. I was talking to a trainer and they said that you bulk up alot, so for females it's usually not the program to go with.
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@josemyms (31)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I know how you feel and now my teenage daughter is dealing with it too. i just went to your page and seen your pictures. You don't look bad at all. unless you get sick alot and don't eat right, don't worry about it. I weighed 105 lbs. untill I was 35, then in like just a few months I gained weight like crazy. It turned out to be hyothyroid that caused the sudden weight gain. But it took forever to take that extra weight off. I had gotten up to 160 lbs. and believe me, I never thought I would ever call myself FAT, but I was and I hated myself way more that way than being too skinny. I'm 44 now and down to 125 and finally pretty comfortable with that. So, my answer to you is..... eat anything you want and enjoy it. Exercise regularly cuz muscle weighs more than fat,and better to be under a bit than to be over,feel fortunate, look around, seems to me like there's alot more grosely obease and overweight people than ever. And I know they are all jealous of you, cuz you look great without much effort. :)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Thank you so much. I don't get sick alot at all, and my immune system is (knock on wood) great. And thanks, I don't feel that I look really unhealthy, I'd just like to put on a bit more to achieve a healthier BMI (Body Mass Index). LOL..I love your answer, eat anything you want and enjoy it! I have done that my whole life, and I am very thankful that I'm in the position that I don't have to diet or watch my weight, I'm just wanting maybe 10 more lbs. And thanks for the last compliment. I appreciate it. :)
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@greengal (4286)
• United States
23 Jan 07
You sure are lucky to be asking this questions when the whole world is fighting to lose weight..hehe! I've heard eating raisins(soaked in water) and cashews in the morning on an empty stomach helps you gain weight. These dry fruits are rich but will gradually help you gain weight. You could also join the gym to build some mass.
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
Thanks for the tips :) I will definitely try to get to the gym starting this September for weight training, but as of now it's near impossible. Thanks again. :)
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@matlgal (1687)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Oh dear if only..... I had that problem. My suggestion would be lots of bread, and potatoes. Throw in those rich deserts and take some fiber bars with you wherever you go.
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
I love to come on and see your comments :) And I really like the rich desserts idea..lol I am a huge dessert fan. Fiber bars..hmm..I will have to buy some on the next trip to the market. Thanks again. :)
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@shaz6611 (951)
• Australia
23 Jan 07
to increase your body mass you need to increase your carbohydrate intake so that means more breads, potatoes, pasta, cereals etc. good luck
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
Thank you so very much for responding. Sounds like good eatin to me..lol Thanks again. :)
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@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I thought I was the only one out there that felt this way. I had problems gaining weight even when I was pregnant. Everybody always tells me I should just be happy about it. Well I wasn't. I was just ordered some pills that promise to slow the metabolism down heres the website. Let me know if it works and I will do the same. www.weightgainplus.com it's nice to know I am not alone. And somebody else is tired of eating like crazy or peanut butter,shakes. YUCK! Good luck
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Yes, yuck is right..lol I can only eat peanut butter once in a while whereas I used to love it! I will check with my doctor and let you know if I find out anything about those pills or anything else :) Take care and good luck to you as well.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
I believe that if your parents are both small framed as well as your grandparents than you are not going to put as you say "meat on my bones" I believe it has a lot to do with the genes My mother was not larged frame but my father was so there were seven of us kids and the only ones that are larged framed is my sister Sally the rest of us are medium to small framed May I as why you want to gain weight I have a cousin living with me and she weighes over 350. that is just too much weight and it is hard to get rid of and it hard for her to breath as it is hard on her heart I wish you luck
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Yes, genetics have alot to do with it, but the main culprit is my metabolism. It goes through this food and burns it all before my body even has a chance to let any of it settle in. There are those "magic foods" out there that help people in my situation, but for each person it is different. Just here trying to find my magic you could say :) Thanks for the response.
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@pennycan2 (251)
• United States
23 Jan 07
Move to South Louisiana! You will gain weight for sure down here! We eat rice and potatoes with EVERYTHING lol! You need to be wize about gaining weight. Just how people who want to lose weight have to make healthy lifestyle choices, so do the ones that want to gain weight. If you are only looking to put on 10 lbs remember 3500 calories is a pound. You need to assess how many calories you burn in a day on your own without working out (if you work out) then factor in what you burn while excercising. Once you do this, adjust your caloric intake by about 500 cal per day. This means you will need to eat the calories that you burn to maintain your day plus your work out and then an extra 500. This will allow you to gain 1 pound per week. you can slow it a bit by doing 250 cal per day more. Eat healthy fats like peanut butter, fatty fish, chicken with the skin on. Foods high in Omega 3 will really show in better skin and shinny hair too! Don't change your lifestyle like stop excercising or eat 4 cheeseburgers a day. Just switch foods like people do when they want to loose weight. Try whole milk and cheese instead of reduced fat. You don't want to consume sugar though stay away from soft drinks. Same goes for white breads and pastas. The sugar in those raises your insulin levels and causes you to feel tired and sluggish. You crash really fast on "white" bread products. I've switched to "pasta plus" by barilla and white wheat bread and they are great. I HATE HATE HATE wheat products and brown rice so those work for me. Man have I written a book or what??? Anyway, try the caloric intake thing and let us know how it goes! Glad to see you want to join forces with the fatties :P
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
LOL..that's what everyone told me when I moved here. Everyone is always trying to feed me, I weigh a mere 105 lbs. but only weighed about 95 - 100 when I first got here. I don't work out alot, and I don't do any cardio except for shorter walks seeing as how cardio is great for losing the weight. Muscle training I do, well, some I guess you would say, more like tightening and toning...I can't get to the gym, that requires babysitters and I just don't have any that can come here 2 or 3 times a week, so I stick to Mari Winsor's pilates program, which seems to work great for not losing weight but just strengthening. Also, weight training would only bulk me up, and I'm only 5'4", so I'd prefer not to be bulked up to look like Superman or anything..lol. Otherwise, I eat alot, all whole wheat products, even my pastas, I always add sauces, butters etc to my foods to make sure I get in those extra calories when I can. Thanks for all of the advice. I will update weekly to let you all know how it's going! Thanks again :)
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@kubana (27)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I used to work at a health food store for 8yrs. I recommend a product called serious mass. It has a lot of calories, but it's not unhealthy like just eating a ton of junk food. You mix it with milk or water.
@ram13288 (388)
• United States
23 Jan 07
i think a good way to gain some weight is by drinking a protien shake and then a half hour later go work out for a half hour and after your workout drink another protien shake. you should be able to gain about 10-15 pounds in about 2 weeks. but it all depends on how long you work out for and the amount of weights you lift. hope that helps.
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• Canada
23 Jan 07
the only thing i can suggest is eat fatty foods and lots of fast food take out to.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
well some people can gain weight and some can't. my friend eats alot and she never gains a pound.
@anja31 (708)
• Canada
23 Jan 07
Gaining sounds easy, but for many isnt so eays than it sounds like. i wish that I was in that luxury position. I should say eating food wiht many calories in it and drink coke, which has also a lot of sugar.
23 Jan 07
What kind of weight are you talking about? Fat or Muscle... if you want to be a fat bloater just dont do any exercise, eat lots of carbs, ice cream, chocolate, but dont snack - go for a full pig out cos you want to metabolism to slow the heck right down. To be muscular its protein all the way as its burns fast and converts into muscle, also walk loads and go do active stuff. Use weights, pump iron and follow a strict plan - which can noramlly be found on the net
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@bkfuels (1605)
• Canada
12 Feb 07
How much do you weigh? Have you seen a doctor. At one time I was only 89 lbs and I was put in the hospital until they got my weight back up to 100. Funny I thought I looked good until I saw a picture of myself. Pictures don't lie. I looked like a staving Biafrian.
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• Canada
13 Feb 07
I am between 95 - 105 for the past 9 years. The only time I gained any real amount of weight was when I was pregnant...and even that didn't stay..I was all baby. I don't look sickly or anything, and I'm not unhealthy at all..I eat really well, I'd just like to get to a healthy BMI so that I know my body is ok...not on the outside, but inside.
@huanghaozi (1474)
• Egypt
12 Feb 07
food - Food , hope you love
How to Gain Weight Introduction I get a lot of e-mails and phone calls from customers seeking guidance on how to gain weight. In this article I'll give an overview of how to go about gaining weight quickly and effectively without having to take out a second mortgage. If followed correctly with discipline & hard work, most should be able to put on a good 20lbs in short order. Let's get to it. Eat, Eat, Eat Eating is the first and most important factor that is needed for proper weight gain. It's simple - you need to eat more calories than you burn. This does not mean eating anything and everything that is not nailed down. Carefully plan your meals with foods that will help you gain lean mass, not fat. I suggest 6 meals. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three other small meals scheduled throughout the day. The goal is to eat every 2.5 to 3 hours. Focus on foods such as steak, chicken, fruit, milk, vegetables, cheese and assorted types of nuts. It's recommended to eat 4 - 6 pieces of fresh fruit a day, and at least four tall glasses of milk. Milk is a great, cheap protein source - take advantage of it. A sample snack meal would be a glass of milk, an apple, and a hand full of peanuts. Take time to lay out a meal plan. What you eat is the most important ingredient in a successful weight gain program. Lifting As stated, proper eating is of up most importance when attempting to gain weight, but if you do not lift weights, all that gained weight will be fat - not muscle. When trying to gain weight, I suggest working out three times a week. You need to lift hard and then recover for the next workout. Focus on the big exercises such as squats, deadlifts, bent-over rows, chin-ups, bench press, & military press. These are the exercises that will turn those extra calories into muscle. You are not going to gain much by doing lateral raises and step-ups every workout. You need the multiple-joint lifts that will shock your system and stimulate your body into growth. Focus on getting strong by adding a small amount of weight each workout. If you focus on strength, size will follow. Case in point, look around at your local gym - the strongest guys are also the biggest. Supplements?To gain weight, you do not NEED Supplements, but they will help you gain the weight quicker. That's what they are, supplements to an already good diet and training program. Think of supplements as the finishing touch. I suggest only two supplements for those wishing to gain weight. The first being N-Large 2 . The way N-Large 2 will help is by giving you a large quantity of calories in one small serving. These will provide you with at least 600 calories in one easy shake and are especially great for students who do not have time for breakfast, or snacks in between classes. Just mix one of these shakes with water or fruit juice and gulp it down in a just a couple of minutes. It's easy to mix, contains 620 calories per serving, and is very cost effective. The second product would be AST Sports Science Creatine Monohydrate. Most people gain 5 - 7lbs in the first two weeks of creatine use. If you are interested in quick weight gain, and increased energy for your workouts, creatine is definitely worth a go. How Much Will I Gain?First, I feel I must cite the obligatory disclaimer of "everyone's body responds in different ways, so it varies". That said, if you do eat well, lift hard and use your supplements properly, you can expect to gain about 10-15lbs within a month. By Josh Eter
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• Canada
12 Feb 07
Thanks for posting. What is the source address for the above information? I'd like to check it out more. Thanks again. :)
@limosonia1 (1559)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I have been on a mission again since responding to your discussion. I want to also gain and ideal 10 to 15 pounds. I have consulted my doctor on the pills and he is not sure if they will work but he said they would not harm me. He said there was a new study that came out about what they are calling an allergic reaction to grains. I am not sure what it is and why it does it I am trying to research it. I will let you know. But it interferes with weight gain. It's a simple blood test so I am going next week. Maybe this is the answer we have all been looking for.
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• Canada
24 Jan 07
Great! Thank you. I will be seeing my doctor in a couple weeks and will speak to him about this for sure. Thanks again. :)