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Need to gain weight

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Since the holidays, I have just been running myself too hard, not eating well or enough, not sleeping enough, etc. I have lost about 8-10 lbs off my normal weight, and it's making me look unhealthy. Even my slim fit jeans are too loose on me now. Since noticing this I have begun a campaign to eat often and much, but it's unlikely I'll be exercising much any time soon. I am chowing down a whole order of pad Thai right now, which is more than I would usually eat at once, but then I thought, Thai people are all pretty thin, maybe this isn't going to help.

What should I be eating/doing to gain some weight of a healthy type? Just lots of protein, or what? I've been eating oatmeal for breakfast the last few days and it's really nice not feeling hungry after an hour and/or having a big sugar drop from eating a muffin or something.

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The most obvious thing to do would be to count your calories and work on getting them up to a healthier level. Concentrate on healthy fatty foods, like avocados.
 

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N Large 2 At 620 calories/shake, you should put back on the 10 pounds in no time. Â
 If you are going to try this (I should note that I have never consumed this product), I would recommend that you lift weights so that the weight doesn't come back as fat around your midsection.
 

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Hmm. So, more calories, makes sense. Fatty foods or protein rich foods? I'm probably not going to lift weights, though I have been trying to walk more. It's mainly my legs that have gotten skinny. My torso looks like Bruce Lee now, only without the muscle.
I can actually see my abs, and how pathetic they are. Oh yeah, and I haven't been drinking much beer lately, maybe I need to get back on that routine.
 

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Weight gain without exercise will be in the form of fat. As long as you are comfortable with that then you seem to be on the right track.

Calculate your daily calories that you burn (Daily Metabolic Rate) and as long as you take in more calories than what that number is then you will add weight.

Also divide your meals from 3 to as many as you can fit in. Most folks who exercise average 5-6 on a normal day. Smaller more frequent meals keeps the metabolism moving.

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Hmm. So, more calories, makes sense. Fatty foods or protein rich foods? I'm probably not going to lift weights, though I have been trying to walk more. It's mainly my legs that have gotten skinny. My torso looks like Bruce Lee now, only without the muscle.
I can actually see my abs, and how pathetic they are. Oh yeah, and I haven't been drinking much beer lately, maybe I need to get back on that routine.
Protein rich foods are always a plus, but it's unrealistic to be getting a significant gain in calories from proteins alone (unless youre drinking protein shakes). The ratio of calories per gram of protein is 1:3, while fat is 1:9. I know those are the numbers (1:3, 1:9) but it might not be gram:calorie, but you get the point.
 

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I think the best way is to get onto a high protein program and lift weights (at least some), that would be the best way to gain weight and keep it on.
 

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J,

I started to write a response, but my girlfriend said I was over-medicalizing your description of events; so, I have, at great pains, erased my excellent message to placate my significant other. However, just be aware that if you are unable to gain weight despite all your best efforts, there is always an outside possibility of diabetes or thyroid disease (ie hyperthyroidism) as potential offenders. She was right, I was over-medicalizing your post......

Otherwise, I think you should just resume your usual pre-holiday stress diet; your weight will normalize very quickly without additional undue efforts. It is very easy to overshoot and end up putting on unnecessary weight with over-zealous alterations to your diet and quick fix solutions. Anyhow, just my opinion.
 

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j, might I suggest getting married and having a baby?
it worked for me
 

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Another vote for lifting (squatting and deadlifting specifically) and then I'd chase it with milk and tuna.

Since you don't want to lift, at least be sure that you are eating something every few hours rather than going a long time between meals. Drink more beer. Lots.
 

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Hey J,

I would echo the sentiments of others in this thread. The only way you're going to gain the weight back is by eating more frequently, I would aim for 4-5 times a day. I'm training right now and the my body type doesn't allow me to gain weight easily. Subsequently, I have to eat 6-7 full meals a day to gain anything. I know it sounds like a pain but with a little planning the day before it's fairly easy to eat every 3-4 hours.  Prepare some sandwiches, carrot sticks, fruit, bottle of water, etc. and you can eat it at your desk while you're working. And get some sleep and at least go for a walk to get a little exercise and destress. Hope you'll be back to your normal self soon.

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I would reiterate that force feeding yourself calories is not warranted. Assuming that whatever period of stress/depression/illness has passed, you will put the weight on fairly easily. Just let your appetite be your guide. Seriously.
 

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Fareau, I actually have had thyroid problems in the past, and I have blood sugar problems (sort of the opposite of diabetes, whatever that's called) as well. Because of the latter I have pretty much cut sugary stuff out of my diet - it lifts me up a little bit and then drops me right on my ass about 20 minutes later. If this persists, I will go to a doctor about it. I don't think it's improper to medicalize a situation like this. Granted, it's only about 5-6% of my weight, but if it stays this way, it could be indicative of something more serious. I'm not going to overeat, but I am going to be sure to get at least 3 significant (not large) meals a day, and hopefully more.

What I was doing that led to this was to put off eating because I would get busy, and then get too tired to think about making/getting something to eat, and giving up, eating something really small and going to bed hungry. If I don't take care of hunger pretty quickly, I start getting tired and unmotivated, and if I get distracted (hey, while you're out there, could you look at _, and __), then I live on Vitamin Water or plain water, and end up eating barely anything before bed.

Anyway, I've eaten a lot today, stocked up a bit on easy to eat food, and I will get more, so hopefully this will fix it.

Thanks for all the input.
 

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Jeremy:

lt is silly to suggest eating more and/or having a bad diet full of protein.

l will set the record straight: accept the way you are. You probably have a fast metabolism. There is not much you can do.

But: maybe you could incombine afew of your meals; eg mix proteins with carbs. This always makes it harder to lose weight.
 

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