Advice for How to Gain Weight

I am 24 and weigh 50 kg. After giving birth to my first son almost 6 years ago I just lost 10kg within days even though I was eating normal. When I had my second son 2 years ago I lost even more weight and I can't put any weight on what so ever!

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I'm so unhappy about it. You can see every single bone in my face. I don't know what to do next. I'ive been to 4 different doctors, they took blood tests but said everything was normal and that I'm just a skinny person. I want to put on 8-10 kg.

Thank you! (I'm the blonde one in the pic., just look at my cheek bones!) Horrible!

Nadia from Nrw, Germany

November 15, 20070 found this helpful

Boy if I could mail you a few of my extra pounds I would. All kidding aside, eat lots of breads and pastas that should help you gain the weight. You must have a good metabolism which burns the calories.

As we age our metabolism slows down and it is must easier to put on the weight, and that's the reason why I have to exercise. But I could drop a few extra pounds.

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November 15, 20070 found this helpful

You are not skinny, you are normal size! Maybe a shorter, fuller hairstyle would make your face look rounder. Try on some wigs and see.

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November 15, 20070 found this helpful

I had a similar problem after having children. 10 kg weight loss is a lot and if you've lost more and are concerned about it, no one can tell you otherwise.

Eating foods high in fat will help, milk shakes, real cream in your coffee and lots of protein. It's no fun being too skinny although there are many here that would like to lose weight and envy that position.

If the doctors say you are fine, that is the most important thing. It may just be something you have to live with.

Susan from ThriftyFun

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November 16, 20070 found this helpful

I agree with fan ... If you change your hairstyle it would accent your lovely face. Just remember that as you get older gaining weight won't be a problem so you don't want to gain too much now.

I have always wanted to be tall and thin because I feel that clothes look better on a thin person.

The important thing is that you are healthy. I feel you should get a new hair style and enjoy having that beautiful face.

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November 16, 20070 found this helpful

Darlin', you are absolutely beautiful in the picture. Do you how much it would cost to have those gorgeous cheekbones? Your facial features are so well defined. I love your look. You are simply drop-dead gorgeous.

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November 16, 20070 found this helpful

Be happy you are thin can eat what you want and don't gain weight. Up until I was in my late 40's I did everything I could to gain weight, I was thin like you and didn't like it. Then in my late 40's started gaining and now would love to lose some and find it is difficult even watching what I eat.

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November 16, 20070 found this helpful

There is a condition called body dysphoria. That means you think your body is different than it really is. For example, if you are not too thin, but you think you are, you are dysphoric. Anorexics, for one, think they are fat.

You look just fine in the picture you sent. If you want to gain weight, and I don't suggest you do, try combining fat and carbs or proteins and carbs, just the opposite of a low carb diet. Shakes, malts and desserts will add it on. So will sodas and snacks. Also, STOP exercising.

However, the poster that said wait until you're older was right. You will gain weight as you get older. But if you gain it now, it will be difficult to take it off. Then you'll be writing about that. lol

Besides, all the things that make you fat also make you unhealthy, causing things like heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. Who wants that?

So, my advice is suffer elegantly, and be joyful you are healthy.

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November 16, 20070 found this helpful

Ooops, I forgot.

If you want to gain just a little weight, but stay healthy, do muscle-building exercise (weights). Muscle weighs more than fat, and you gain weight, not fat, by increasing your muscles.

There are exercises for women that build muscles without making you muscle bound. Remember Madonna? That's a very healthy look, and very chic these days.

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

OMG...there are a million women in America, probably more that would DIE to have this problem, and unfortunately some are! You are lovely and fine. You have the rest of your life to put on weight. As one of the posters said...wait..it will happen!! I am 63 and a wonderful size all my life until I hit 50 and it has been a battle ever since. Wait, as I said, it will come!

Meanwhile, enjoy yourself, you are very, very pretty and a great size!

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

You could not get a contract with the famous Ford modeling agency without those cheekbones! Those are called the 'apple' of your cheek and it's mostly made of your smiling muscles drawn up. If your doctor is satisfied with your weight you should be too. What, are you putting your post up because you knew all us fat American women would be jealous? Hah! Pounds come along with age, so be patient and you will find yourself fatter without trying. Just choose the richer choices at the banquet, and add a bite to your portion size, to be good to yourself. Sometimes being mean to yourself and saying "I'm not hungry" when you could eat one more bite is really an attention-getting device. Just set your mind on things above, serving the Lord and doing what he sent you to earth to do, and you'll stop focusing on 'me, me, me' so much. Help the hurting ones all around you! Roll out of bed in the morning saying "who can I help today?"

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November 17, 20070 found this helpful

The fact that you really are a beautiful woman, doesn't validate your feelings about yourself. (I myself, am a little overweight, after 5 children) My suggestion to you would be to find a good Natropath who also specializes in Iridology. (I am in Australia, so am not sure what you have access to) They are fantastic and may be able to supplement your diet with natural products. You may have an imbalance in your system that the blood tests have not found. GOOD LUCK!

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November 19, 20070 found this helpful

You are absolutely beautiful and (while a camera is said to add 10 lbs.) you do not look too skinny to me. As long as your doctor says you're healthy, I would recommend that you stay as you are and be glad. In my 20-30s I was barely 100 lbs.- I am now in my early 60's, while I am not heavy, I weigh more than I would like to. Be happy with your beautiful self- believe me, the tide may turn later and you may wish could get back to your skinny-minnie self.

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November 28, 20070 found this helpful

Hi Nadia,

Not many folks on this thread are giving you the advice you are asking for. In addition to seeing a doctor (who determines if your general health is OK) seeing a dietitian can be a next step. They can help you identify foods that can help you gain weight.

Choose foods that are nutrient/calorie dense:

From the dairy isle choose full fat milk, cheese, yogurt, cream for coffee, tea or soups. Choose variety of nuts, as snacks, or sprinkling on cereal or yogurt. Peanut butter on toast is great. You still want to choose healthy fats so I'd say choose leaner meats still, but you can certainly help yourself to cheese or creamy sauces or butter in your potatoes.

Also, if you can't eat big meals you don't have to. Instead, snack more often. Have your salads with all the trimmings, what I mean is - full fat salad dressing(make sure they are made with healthy types of fat like olive oil or canola), add shredded cheeses, and nuts or seeds to your salads. For sandwiches you can use plenty of butter or mayonnaise. As snacks you can choose full fat muffins (choose all bran for extra fibre), or granola bars that have nuts in them (pair those up with a fruit or a vegetable to ensure you are getting your nutrients). You can even indulge in a piece of cake from time to time. Good luck!

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February 21, 20080 found this helpful

I realize this is a sort of old post, but if you're still looking for ideas...

There's a product out there called Ensure that comes in strawberry, vanilla and chocolate flavors. Its about 8oz and contains 250 (i think) calories. There's also a 'plus' version that adds more protien and an extra 50 (i think) calories. My husband is 6'3' and weighed 130ish before we started him on the plus version and has finally broken 150 in about 3 months.

He puts it in coffee, uses it as a snack, drinks with breakfast etc. since it also contains vitamins and minerals. They are pricey (about $7 US for 6 cans) and unfortunately most knockoffs arent as good and cost about the same.

Granted, he's 28, but the doctor told us that he needs to aim for 3000 calories a day to MAINTAIN his weight and about 3500 for gaining. Most women need from 1500 to 2500 depending on activity levels. Maybe trying a 'grazing' technique may help you instead of eating three big meals.

Hope some of this helps.

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March 10, 20080 found this helpful

Don"t worry I have a similar problem.. I can"t get any good advice either. It's all the same be glad, you will gain it eventually blah blah blah. I am 32 have 1 son I am 5"3 and weigh 99lbs I look like a 9 year old boy lol. Anyway I am doing the Ensure thing and eating more carbs, I have gained 4lbs.. been doing it for 2 months. Give it a try and try to stick with it.. I use slim fast and ensure dont skip any meals.. and snack on nuts.. hope it works

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December 5, 20080 found this helpful

Try a shake called scandishake. You can get it through your pharmacy or off inter net. High calorie 600 when mixed according to directions but much more if mixed with half and half.

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December 10, 20080 found this helpful

Try malted milkshakes , It's the malt that does it, makes a great desert. yumm

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December 21, 20080 found this helpful

Moderate exerting will help you gain some wait since it increases naturally the appetite, try sleeping a little bit more - that helps and always eat on time. It helped me gain weight.

There are a lot of wonderful women out there so supportive and encouraging, just listen to their advice. As long as you are healthy you will be ok.

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