# How can you gain weight and keep it?

@kara5287 (299)
United States
October 24, 2007 8:24am CST
ok, i know most people want to lose weight and they probably think i shouldn't be complaining if i can't gain it. but i have had two kids gained about 50 lbs. each pregnancey but went right back down to 105 lbs. i am 20 years old 5'4" my average weight should be around 120. i am even on the depo shot for birthcontrol that i heard makes you gain weight but i haven't seen it yet. i will gain a couple lbs. a day but they all go away. is there something i could eat to help gain it? or something i could take? does anyone know?
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@4ftfingers (1313)
28 Nov 07
Hey kara, my friend showed me this that you might find interesting, its a simple way to calculate how much you need to take in to gain weight. You take your current weight - 105lbs Then you first work out how much water you need to drink a day, by taking your weight and multiplying it by .66, 105 x .66 = 69.3. So that is 69.3oz of water you need to drink per day. Next, to find out how many calories you need to take in, you multiply your weight by between 15-20, so say 18. 105 x 18 = 1890. So you need to take in 1890 calories per day. If you can, you should split this over 6 meals a day because that is the best way to gain weight, eating often. If you can't take in 6 meals a day, you can do 3 meals and substitute 3 for 3 MRPs which is meal replacement powder. A drink you make up, you can get all that from health shops. 40% of your diet should be Protein, 30% should be Carbs and the other 30% should be fats. So to find how much protein you should take in, take your 1890 calories and multiply that by .40, 1890 x .40 = 756. Then to get this in grams, you divide that by 4: 756 / 4 = 189g So your protein intake must be 189g per day. Or 31.5g for each one of your 6 meals. Do the necissary calculations again for the Carbs: 1890 x .30 = 567. 567 / 4 = 141.75g per day 141.75 / 6 = 23.625g per meal Then the Fats is similar but you just have to divide by 9 in this case: 1890 x .30 = 567 567 / 9 = 63g per day 63 / 6 = 10.5g per meal And that should hopefully help you gain weight
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@kara5287 (299)
• United States
2 Dec 07
hey thanks alot i'm definately going to try that! :)
@new_waver (199)
27 Oct 07
I have a similar issue, actually. I recently asked a fitness-savvy friend of mine for advice, and he recommended protein powder (he recommended whey protein powder from Twinlab) to help put on muscle rather than fat. I don't know where to find it in the UK though, but it does sound like a good idea, especially since muscle weighs more than fat. Hope that helps!
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
25 Oct 07
Hi, I think we have the same problem here. I am underweight and it is very difficult for me to gain weight. I have always been on the slimmer side but now I am skinny. The problem with me is I worry too much and I constantly having stressful life. When that happens, I just lose my appetite and my weight go down even much quicker. So, right now I am working on how to reduce or control my worries and stress. Hopefully, I will be able to gain a little weight. Probably you are under stress, do something about it. Good luck to you.
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@SHAMRACK (8521)
• India
25 Oct 07
Hi, Only one I could suggest is eat fat added foods. Still gaining weight and being healthy is the most healthy matter. Just wait for time and consult a doctor before doing any. May be a simple solution can rectify the weight variation. Any how the varioation of body makes it.
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• India
25 Oct 07
Many people say that, one can take Pista, Bananas, Cashewnut, icecreams, and even Chocolates, adds to the extra calories, and helps us to put weight, But for me.. i think if you are able to perform your daily chores without any tiredness/slackness then no need for you to worry. Enjoy Peace Within.
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• India
24 Oct 07
take some egg and mix it with milk and drink it u will gain
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@4ftfingers (1313)
24 Oct 07
I had a girlfriend who had to go on the pill because her periods were so bad and she did put on quite a bit of weight (not that I noticed ofcourse lol). Whey protein supplement drink is good for gaining weight aswell apparently, although body builders use it so I'm not sure if its specifically for encouraging muscle growth. But I'm sure there's a website somewhere that can tell you about it better than I can :-)
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24 Oct 07
the more you worry about the issue, the bigger it will become - and the more likely you will be to keep burning everything off with the nervous tension in your body around the subject. Just go with the flow - eat when you are hungry, eat what you really want, and envision your whole life exactly the way you want it to be - left to nature you may just get your wish. If it is affecting your health (ie periods erratic, painful etc) then visit a good nutritionist and get their advice on supplements and how to gain weight safely. There is much to be said for the lie in bed all day and eat doughnuts - it will work - but you won't feel too good doing it!
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@soccermom (3200)
• United States
24 Oct 07
Kara, at 20 years old I'm not too sure I'd be concerned with it. I weighed a whopping 95 pounds( and I'm 5'7)until I got pregnant with my first at 21. I gained nearly 100 pounds with her, just to lose almost all of it. However, when I hit about 24 I started to "bulk up" for lack of a better term. I looked sickly at my low weight but couldn't gain no matter what I tried. It just worked itself out. I went on a diet a few months back because after baby #3 I was up to 165 lbs. I'm back down to 140 and feeling good. I gues what I'm trying to tell you is if you are eating healthy and the doctor says there are no problems, I wouldn't worry about it. If you're really stressed out over it start eating a lot of pasta and drinking protein supplements.
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