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3/27/12 5:57 P

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Try the nutrition tracker for a couple of weeks to get an idea of your average intake. You don't necessarily have to stick to a 40/30/30 or 40/40/20 or whatever for your macronutrient setup, but you can see if you have a fairly well rounded diet.

Like Fern mentioned, you don't want to load up on donuts to get extra calories (I used to do that too- didn't do a thing for me....)

Using your tracked foods and macros, you can get an idea where you should increase. If everything is well rounded, just start bumping up your serving sizes. You won't be able to eat a double meal at first, but you can take it in small steps. If you eat 1 cup of oatmeal and 2 eggs for example, next time eat 1 1/2 cups of oatmeal and 3 eggs. 1 piece of meatloaf today, 1 1/2 or 2 pieces next week, etc. Your stomach will adapt. You might be a little uncomfortable after meals, but short of taking one of those science fiction calorie-pills, it's the only way to gain. Eat more.

I would actually measure the portions, too, instead of guessing the serving size.

It is helpful for me to plan to have a minimum number of calories for each meal, or by a certain time. For example, I aim for 1100 calories by 11 am, another 800 by 5 pm, and the remainder for supper. I hate going to bed on a full stomach, so I take care of the majority of my intake early.

Good luck!

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3/27/12 11:16 A

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As everyone else here, I struggle to gain weight and keep it on. When I am upset, super busy, or sick I start to lose. You are not alone in this constant battle. Friendly ridicule from others is common. It's funny that the same people that would not ever consider making fun of a fat person, will feel free to make a skinny person feel bad about themselves. I used to try to eat a lot of sweets to get enough calories.( I do the Nutrition Tracker to keep track) When I first started, I was appalled at the small amount of calories I was taking in. That info helped me see where my calorie deficit was and how much more I needed to take in. Every pound gained must come from 3500 calories over and above your basic needs. I now find that I have better luck not eating sweets. I eat more protein, fat, and "good" carbs. If you really are serious about gaining weight, it has to be something you think about, plan for, and focus on. Never ever skip a meal. Buy high calorie protein bars to keep in your purse. Exercise is good to keep you fit and healthy but you might want to avoid high intensity aroebics, since they consume a lot of your calories. Here are two web addresses that have excellent info on gaining weight. These are guys who wanted to bulk up, but the info remains the same for us gals. http://howto-gainweight.blogspot.com/ & http://www.ehow.com/PrintArticle.html?id=3
557 Keep us posted - we would like to hear how your doing!! emoticon

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3/25/12 4:35 A

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I'm 36 and I weigh 136 lbs. . My peak was 158 in 2008 or '09 I can't remember but it was when I was eating the right amount of calories ( keeping track of everything I ate and planned what and when to eat ) and also lifting weights . The hardest part to do for me is to eat often and healthy . When I get back home after the first week of April I will make an honest effort of at least eating enough to gain weight instead of losing it .

Thanks for posting !

----Greg----

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3/25/12 2:08 A

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I have always been super tiny my whole life. I've gotten made fun of and called anorexic, I heard it all. But the problem now is that I don't eat when I get upset. It doesn't go well with my high metabolism. So I joined SP to try and get support to help gain weight. I need all the motivation that I can get from people who are going through the same thing and can help me out. I am 21 years old and currently weight 90 pounds. I look sickly. I am not comfortable in this body anymore. I used to weigh about 100 pounds when I was in high school and eat a ton, but once I got into college that quickly went away. My goal is to weigh 110 pounds and do it the healthy way! But I can't do it alone! I would appreciate any advice any of you guys have for gaining weight and tips would also be great! Thank you so much! Hope to hear from you guys soon!

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