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How to put on weight?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 4, 2008
  • 00:12 PM


Im 16 years old, and Im getting a bit concerned because I lose weight with stress and I'm getting extremely slim. I'd like to know if there is a way to put on weight healthily, as I hate being so scrawchy and having everyone tell me I get skinnier everytime they see me, and that Im getting so small etc. Its both mentally and emotionally disturbing.

I'm not at all anerexic, i eat whatever I want, whenever I want. Its not at all that Im eating less food, I just seem to be losing weight like crazy.
I eat my fair share of junk food, as well as healthy things, but nothing changes.

Please help.
Thankyou in advance.

from madison.

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  • Hello,I'm 17 and also have this "issue"I often eat over 2600 calories a day and I don't put on weight. It's estimated that I have 4-7% body fat (I'm 140 pounds, 6' tall) based on online calculators and one found in the BowFlex Owners Manual.The only way I know of to put on weight healthily is to work out. I've worked out a bit and that's when I started to gain some weight. Just last year I was 115 pounds. You don't need to become Schwarzenegger of course, but maybe it will get people off your case. It's helped me a little, now I only get the occasional comment.Not sure if this was the help you were looking for, but I wanted to give it a shot anyway.:) Good luck!Keep in mind, there is nothing wrong with being slender! As long as you are getting the nutrients you need!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 8, 2008
    • 00:03 AM
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  • My brother is always putting on weight to build his body up - with both fat but mainly muscle. Grape juice is a big one - tonnes of calories. If you want to start yourself off good in the morning, big bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon (good for regulating insulin levels), ground up flax seed, raisins, brown sugar etc. Have you tried eating pasta and stuff? I'd eat before bed too, I remember hearing that you shouldn't drink milk before bed... and I think that had to do with adding weight onto you not sure. This was a very random post, but I hope it gave you some ideas. But I think once you start to build up a bit, I'd definitely hit the gym and try to get some muscle on ya. And if you want to do that, you need protein and carbs and lots of water... and other things of course lol. Flax seed is awesome - about 2 table spoons a day is good, however I find about that much keeps me full for like 4 hours or so, and you probably don't want that :P It is also really cheap if you buy it bulk (don't buy it pre-ground up). You need to buy a coffee grinder or something, and after I have ground it up I keep it in the fridge in a sealed container... lasts about a week before it really starts to lose its nutitional value (you can still eat it though).But really, you need to find ways in which you can relax yourself, and keep you out of stressing yourself so muc to the extent where you start to lose weight. For me, when I get really stressed, I go for a long jog, it helps clear my mind. You have to find out what works for you... yoga, acupressure, walking, biking, etc. Find out what works! oh, and really do some research!! Theres tonnes of stuff out there... But watch for that protein stuff that body builders use... it helps put on weight yes, has lots of calories... however a lot of them have A LOT of sugar in em. Anyways, im blabbing. Good luck! you'll be fine! If not SEE A DOCTOR!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 8, 2008
    • 00:48 AM
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  • Since you are only 16 years old, you are still in a developing stage. A well-nourished diet is important for you to maintain a proper growth. If you are having problem with gaining weight, my first advice is to deal with the causes of your weight loss. To me you seem like having trouble with stress management. Here is some tip for stress control: (1) understand what put you into stress (2) talk to someone about you problem, like family members, friends, social worker, teacher. Anyone with a good listening skill. (3) Distraction. Distraction like physical exercise, deep-breathing and other fun activities can be a great way for you to cope with stress. (4) There are many books out there that can teach you on how to cope with stress. Those books usually contain many useful tips and techniques. (5) Go to your family doctor and tell him about your concerns. I think your weight problem can be improve after you reducing your stress level. Hope this help.
    burnchicken 3 Replies
    • January 8, 2008
    • 05:49 AM
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  • I'm 17 myself, and I'm pretty skinny. Last I checked, I'm 6'3(ish) and around...155lbs. One subtle way I've gained some weight is by having whole milk as opposed to 2%(I tend to drink milk a lot though, so that's just me). Another good way to put on weight is to gain muscle, even if it's just by doing arobic exercises like biking, running, swimming, etc. ***l, even doing pushups every day will get some bulk on you. Mainly, you shouldn't flip out about being really slender and skinny. As long as YOU know you're full at the end of every meal, and you're not starving yourself in between, you'll be fine.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 11, 2008
    • 10:40 AM
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  • There are alot of great protein drinks and bars that will build muscle and help you gain the right kind of weight. Exercise should help work up an appetite also.Teresa
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  • Hi maddie91, I know what you're going through. When I was in HS I was teased a lot for being skinny. I'm 5"3. I used to weigh about 75 pounds in HS, now I weigh about 86-90 pounds, and I'm in my mid-thirties. I am healthy :D, I have children and a full life. I use to and still do eat anything and everything that I like. I don't have any eating disorder. It's just my metabolism works faster than others. The only difference between you and I is the stress. I would recommend you try to talk to someone, but if you can't, than write down your thoughts in a journal. It's very relaxing and it helps ease your stress. Writing your thoughts will give you a venue to vent if it's a subject you feel you can't communicate with anyone else. Just start out slowly if you don't know what to write. Write about everything you're feeling. Very good for your brain. The other thing is exercise. The highest weight I ever got to was 100 pounds. That was when I was in college and started to exercise 3 times a day. The exercise got me to feel hungry more and needing to eat more food. I'm a junkie food person. I love sweets, no sodas though, I drink water only and somehow, the exercise just got me to eat more full meals than junk food. So try those two things: writing your feelings in a journal and start an exercise (any type that you like). Good Luck.
    RaspberryT 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • go on yahoo or google and type in "the skinny ******d diet".. its a site designed specifically to help gain in weight in a healthy way.
    smittenbykittens 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Hi there, My name is Joshua, and for a long time I was really worried about how skinny i was. When i was 18 I weighed 123 lbs., and i could absolutely not gain weight! I skipped breafast for 4 years and was told that when you don't eat breakfast its bad for your metabolism. As I got older though (into my 20's) I started to see that I was gaining a little weight. I'm 25 now and my weight is a healthy 140 lbs. Some people are just naturally skinny, not sure if that's what is going on with you, but it's a possibility! Don't worry yourself too much, but if you're really worried why don't you try seeing a dietician?
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