anyone have any tips to help me gain weight?

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I am trying to gain weight but its not working. Does anyone have any tips to help me?

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Veronica - posted on 06/11/2012

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What I do is build muscle under the natural amount of "fat" that you carry already. That keeps a soft look with curves underneath. I have a high protein diet schedule that I got from my trainer, but I can't keep up with all of the food on that list! So I stick with:

Breakfast
2 packets of instant oatmeal
2-5 eggs with cheese
16oz of Milk
Vitamins ( I like the gummie adults:)
(and maybe a biscuit if you can fit it in)

Before Lunch
I drink half of a protein shake concoction that I made up with advice
- Blend together
16 oz whole milk 3 scoops of your preferred whey protein mix (from walmart Body Fortress
Super Advanced Whey protein 52g)
Half a banana (helps me not cramp up after/during workout)
heaping tbsp of peanut butter
2 tbsp ice cream (I use chocolate)

Then I do a 1 hour workout on my lunch break starting with a mile run on 3 incline (too much running without high speed causes me to lose even more weight so focus on speed before distance) followed by heavy weights low reps (3 sets of 10 each) on the areas that I want size in. For me it's the legs and bottom. Squats, lunges, step ups with weight, etc.

Immediately after workout, no more than 30 minutes after, drink the remaining half of your protein mix

Lunch
I'm pretty stuffed and have a looooow appetite after working out and drinking the shake but try to eat lunch as soon as you can
- I eat a footlong subway sub (mix it up so that you don't get bored)

Dinner
Try to eat a 12oz serving steak at least 3 nights a week
Large sweet potato or regular potato
large tossed salad
1 cup yogurt or cottage cheese later in the night

Drink lots of water every day. I keep a 75 oz bottle of water at my desk and try to finish it throughout the day. Water is extremely important when taking in high amounts of protein because of possible damage to the liver. Plus water makes your skin pretty!

Now for me I have difficulty gaining weight unless it's muscle mass and I have no stomach and my arms develop themselves, so adjust the workout to fit your desires. Add arms and abs, it's all about what results you'd like to see but most important stay healthy along the way!

Iridescent - posted on 06/10/2012

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Follow me, and eat the foods that I do and shouldn't? :)

Try to eat high calorie foods (obviously) that aren't terrible for you. Foods high in MCT oils are good, and you can even add the oils to your foods (cook grains with a teaspoon to a tablespoon of olive or canola oil in it, add butter or oil to hot cereals). Avocado is also good for you and high in the right kind of fats for your body. Coconut is excellent as well - there are high calorie spreads and oils you can use. Coconut milk itself is low in calories though, so drinking it in place of water is great for the electrolytes and extra calories, but it won't provide much if you drink it in place of cow's milk.

Keep a food journal and track what you are currently eating over the course of a week, average it out, and use an online calculator to find out how many your body needs per day at your age, height, weight and activity level, to gain an average of 1/2 to 1 ounce per day (1/4 to 1/2 pound per week). That's considered a healthy rate of growth that can be maintained long term. More is hard on the liver, less is fine in adults but in children effects organ function and height growth.

Check into allergy testing and/or see a GI if you suspect allergies, food intolerances, or malabsorption. If you frequently have diarrhea, or if you're sure you are eating more than enough calories on average to be gaining at the rate above, request tests to determine why you're not gaining weight. Endocrinology may also be necessary, because sometimes the cause is hormonal (high thyroid levels, etc).

User - posted on 06/12/2012

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I have been gaining weight from 108lb. to 120lb. now, I eat all day, small things, I'm vegan sort of. I still have ice cream and candy, I think that helps, but a lot of fruits and veggies and eat all the time small things, Nuts help too I love to mix raisins with peanuts and chocolate covered plumps.
Good luck!

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 06/12/2012

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Jealous! You can have some of mine! I will share! Um, eat a Cheese cake? I'm sure you mean a "healthy" weight gain though. Simple, increase your calorie intake and decrease your calorie out put. Keeping a daily record like dieters do will help, but in reverse. Things like pasta and starchy foods help in the short term, quick gain department. My husband does "bulking" and eats good carbs like whole wheat breads and pastas, but does muscle training. He also eats a Ton of protein. Good Luck... I guess... lol

User - posted on 06/12/2012

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A correction here; coconut oil helps you LOSE weight, especially if your calorie count is low. The more healthy fats one eats, the harder it is to gain weight. Eat LOTS of carbs: starchy veggies---potatoes, carrots, peas, corn, beets---baked goods----cakes, pies, cookies, breads. My mother had that problem. She took a product called "Weight On". It was a thumbnail sized good-tasting tablet. It helped increase her appetite, but I still only saw her best weight at 117 lbs. (it was normally) 98 lbs. Mom was 5'8" tall, and a real toothpick! I don't have her skinny genes, unfortunately.

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Kate - posted on 06/13/2012

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Zoe is right. If you are thin because of you're metabolism, there's not much you can do, just love your body for what it is :).

Stifler's - posted on 06/13/2012

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Steak and mashed potatoes and gravy for lunch really helps you pack it on. I was trying to get my iron levels up and had that every day for lunch and gained 4kg.

Lisa - posted on 06/12/2012

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You are the opposite of me!! The only time I had trouble gaining weight is WHEN pregnant. I would suggest taking all of the nutritional suggestions (just please don't gorge on fast food) above and eat as often as you can. I would not suggest going the way of too many eggs because of cholesterol and they make you feel fuller longer (and you don't want to torture yourself by forcing yourself to eat when you already feel full). I suggest that you be adventurous with your meals, make eating fun if it isn't because you don't want it to feel like a chore.

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Switch to whole milk, drink ovaltine (full of nutrients). Eat very fibrous, starchy foods that are nutrient packed such as kale., sweet potatoes, etc.
And enjoy the occasional treat.

Eat protien bars. I personally like the Odwalla Peanut/Chocolate Chip one. it's not overly sweet but does NOT taste like soy (yucK)

Good luck.

Zoe - posted on 06/12/2012

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If you are just naturally skinny, your body is going to do everything to keep it that way..... I say try to learn to love your body the way it is, just as those of us who can' shed those last 15 lbs do :)

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thank you all for the responses, the only time I seemed to be able to gain weight is when I am pregnant, but I got fixed after my 3rd child and I just can't seem to gain weight and I don't like the way my body looks, I'm way to skinny..

Allison - posted on 06/11/2012

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Oh, and exercising. When my Wii Fit program told me my BMI was too low, I picked out some exercises/activities to add to my 30 min training circuit, that worked for me and that helped me get to a healthy weight, without getting out of shape. If you have a Wii and the fit game, I would definately suggest using it. It keeps track of your progress and gives you tips and suggestions, and you can do it for free in the privacy of your own home. If you forget to do it, you don't have to worry about your monthly gym fee going to waste. We can't afford a gym and the fit was a great gift we recieved for Christmas.

Allison - posted on 06/11/2012

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Iridescent already mentioned this, but it's what I clicked on this question to say. Avacados are great for helping you gain weight. When I had difficulty gaining weight in one of my pregnancies that's what I was told to try. You can go with the obvious chips and guacomole. Slice some and add them to your salad. After the suggestion I ordered some Avacado enchiladas at our favorite local mexican restaurant and they became one of my favorite dishes. I order them almost every time we are in there. Just mix it up so you don't get bored and burned out. Try them at least once a week. Also on your salads, if you eat them, a salad dressing with oil, used in moderation is great. Peanut butter is great for adding calories to your diet. Nutritionists have suggested adding butter to my veges at dinner, to help my kids gain weight. So although people frown on the use of butter, it can't be too bad if nutritionists suggest it. Just don't go overboard. Don't forget to have a couple snacks a day. You should be eating breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner. Popcorn is a great healthy snack.

Stifler's - posted on 06/11/2012

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Carbs carbs carbs! Alcohol, kfc, mc donalds...... everything I do that I shouldn't ;) JK. What I M said. If frequent diarrhoea is one of the reasons, invest in some probiotics they really help. Get a blood test for everything and see if you're lacking in something.

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