If your health plan lets you, you can take him to a nutritionist. We did with our daughter and they provided many easy suggestions for nutritious ways to gain weight, including making healthy shakes for snacks, and making sure she ate a good breakfast with at least 300 calories. She was a breakfast skipper and wouldn't eat until after school. We used peanut butter a lot too, celery with PB, apples with PB, etc.
Karen - Seacoast New Hampshire
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When I was young I was always under-weight and what got me up to a normal weight range was to drink some high protein, body building drinks (extra calories) and then I double my favorite foods. At that time I would have 2- BLT's instead of one. I drank milkshakes also. We have a child that is too thin right now also.
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Obviously my mind went there too! Probably because I would really love a bacon cheeseburger and know that if I eat one my stomach would kill me.
With your whole family being in the slender side it might be hard for him to put on weight. But in the long run it will be healthier for him.
My hubby has always had the same problem. His Lt. threatened him with the "Jelly-Donut" Squad if he did not put weight on. He had dropped to 150 (5'10) from 165 during one of his deployments and they were not happy with his weight loss.
The good part for him was he never had to worry about being on the Over Body Fat list which could have kept him from making rank.
LadyCJM, I was just clarifying about the cheeseburgers. Believe me, I did think about it but I know in the long run it is not the best option for him.
The recruiter and the Sgt. at the MEPS center both said "Healthy Gain is 2 lbs" a week. The Sgt. actually said for him to make sure he drinks enough water, get protein and carb loading would be ok. Don't do a lot of cardio but light weights to encourage muscle not fat.
My husband was a recruiter, and I cringe at the stories I heard about the diet plans some recruiters promoted to help kids gain/lose weight. Some of their bright ideas make double cheeseburgers sound like child's play. (This was also at the height of the war when fewer kids wanted to join but quotas were doubled/tripled, so lots of pressure). Just remember that if he doesn't make weight, he can always try again in six months or a year. Don't let the recruiter's timeline force him to take stupid (some dangerous) measures to get there. Plus, ten pounds of muscle will serve him better in boot camp next year than ten pounds of fat will this year.
I never said I was going to let him eat double cheeseburgers every day although it did cross my mind. I have always been very picky about what they eat because when I was young and thin, I ate horrible, it was such a hard thing to break when I hit my late 30's and started the upward climb. I did not want my kids to not know how to eat veggies, fruit and dairy. Balanced meals have always been a part of their life.
Thank you for the calorie recommendations by age. I had guessed he needed to add around 1,000 calories and I was pretty close. Our family was all really small in high school, I graduated weighing 80 lbs (at 5'1") and DH was only 90 lbs (at 5'6'). My daughter who is 19 weighs 86 lbs, all of her friends told her she was going to love gaining the Freshman 15 this year but she has actually lost a couple of lbs because she is walking more and is not a fan of the packaged/fast food at college. Anyway, DS is 17.5, 5'6" (he grew 3" this year) and is 99 lbs. He needs to be around 112-117 to enter the military.
Thank you also for the recommendations of things to add to his meals, those are helpful.
Make the same meals, just make more (lots more!). He should be eating about double what you are, maybe a bit more, in order to gain weight. A few things that you might think about:
- letting him add a cheese sauce (with lots of full-fat cheese, and some additional powdered milk) over his veggies - keeping lots of nuts on hand for him to snack on - cooking a pot of quinoa or brown rice or other starch once or twice each week, so that he can add this to his suppers (scalloped potatoes with cheese are a good option, too) - nice if you can make these as a pilaf, with lots of veggies and nuts included, too - plan on him having at least double of your serving of meats (chicken breasts are a great snack option, too) - doing a quiche with tons of extra meat, cheese, and veggies so that he has a quick, easy, high-protein breakfast every day (really easy to make a huge one, and he can just re-heat what he wants in the morning)
If he's doing regular strength training, then he'll definitely want to be increasing his protein intake --- it might be a good idea for him to check out some of the body-building sites to see what they recommend for training diets.
Actually, he can gain eating healthy foods. He just has to eat more calories. Gaining weight by eating double bacon cheeseburgers is not a good idea.
This is from LiveStrong.com
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recommends that boys between the ages of 9 and 13 get between 1,400 and 1,600 calories per day if they are sedentary; 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day if they are moderately active; and 1,800 and 2,200 if they are active. Recommendations for boys ages 14 to 18 are 2,000 to 2,400 calories if they are sedentary; 2,400 to 2,800 calories per day if they are moderately active; and 2,800 to 3,200 calories per day if they are active.
Today we learned that my son does not weigh enough to enlist in the military. He needs to gain 10-15 lbs by the end of February. This is what they consider healthy gain (2 lbs per week) just like losing. Anyway, I want to lose approx. the same amount.
Is there anything I can do short of making two meals for dinner so that we can both meet our goals? Obviously he is not going to gain eating lean chicken and zero fat milk for the next two months.
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