(Closed) trying to gain some weight- but its been so hard.. :(

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I have the opposite problem.

The shakes sound like a good idea. Maybe a glass of wine with dinner.


Post # 5
1628 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My brother used to use protein shakes and those “muscle building” powders that you add to drinks when he was a college wrestler and wanted to put on weight if he had to wrestle up a weight class

Post # 7
2522 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic: Have you talked to your doctor about this?  Maybe they could refer you to a nutritionist to help you gain more weight if that’s your overall goal.

Post # 8
7587 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

2 ensure drinks a day is what a nutrionist suggested to me years ago, when I had a similar issue.

Post # 9
4824 posts
Honey bee

Have you actually lost weight? If so talk to a doctor.

If you are just and always have been thin I would drink those weight gaining shakes between meals. I would eat olives and nuts and avocado for snacks. Add extra olive oil to your meals. 

Eat potatoes and full fat dairy.

You want to gain weight healthy, not just in extra crappy calories.

Post # 9
57 posts
Worker bee

At 5’3″ and 103 you are just barely below a healthy weight. So, it would definitely be a good idea to work on weight gain, but just a few more pounds. Have you tried strength training? This would be a good idea to try to put on muscle weight. Or, try eating a late night snack every night. Add an extra tablespoon of peanut butter to snacks, or a few extra handfuls of nuts can add healthy helping calories.

Post # 11
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I don’t really have any advice for you, other than what was previously said. I just wanted to let you know that you aren’t alone. I have always had a high metabolism, and I am also self-conscious of my skinnyness. I don’t like it when people point it out and tell me how “lucky” I am. I am a woman, and I would love to have a few curves, but I wasn’t blessed in that way. I’m always worried that people will think that I have an eating disorder, when I don’t and I never have. I eat, and I don’t always eat healthy food. I like my junk food! Anyway, I understand how you feel, and I just wanted to let you know that you aren’t alone!

Post # 12
2702 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

if you want to gain weight, I always read that you should eat healthy fats like a lot of nuts, olive oil, etc. the bad fat really won’t help you out.

Post # 13
59 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Mrsgurzakovic: Hi! I have the same problem. I’m 5’6″ and 104 lbs. I think the most important thing to focus on is your health. Are you healthy? Have you always maintained a steady weight? Do you eat well? If yes, then don’t worry about it. You definitely do not want to be increasing your weight if you are small framed and healthy – it will eventually cause other problems. If there are other problems – sudden weight loss, fatigue, etc., then you should look at your diet. As far as shakes go, I wouldn’t add too much sugar or bad fats to your diet. It may be different for you, but it only increases my waistline and makes me feel fat and sloppy. 

Personally, I’ve always been skinny and have tried to put on weight throughout the years. I recently started long distance running and have increased my calorie intake to maintain my current weight and energy level. I take a multi-vitamin daily and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. I also eat lots of nutella, peanut butter, pasta, bread, and other carbs, and chicken and steak and egg whites for protein. And I’m always eating… 4 or 5 regular (small) meals a day. I’ve also added Ensure Plus to bump up the calorie intake while training.

Bottomline: Don’t be sad – Eat healthy; live a healthy lifestyle… the rest will follow. πŸ™‚

Post # 15
314 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I agree with the dairy and healthy fats suggestions..they seem like the healthiest bc you want to gain good “curvy” weight, not saggy fat. I have a similiar issue although I am not really trying to gain weight. Lately everyone I see asks if I am losing weight, but I am naturally just a tiny person. Especially since I had my daughter 4 yrs ago, I have weighed under 100lbs and lost almost all curves…went from c to a/b. When people say I am “lucky” I say yeah maybe, but I can never wear “grown up” clothes, I still have to shop in the junior section and I am 27, do they know how hard it is to find a good professional outfit in the junior section that will last more than 1 season and how much I spend in tailoring.

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