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unexplained weight gain?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 3, 2006
  • 00:10 PM

I am asking about this on behalf of my husband.
He has been gaining weight gradually for the past 2-3 years and is now 3 stone overweight, despite the fact that he eats less than 1500 calories a day and runs for an hour 3 times a week. he has run 4 half marathons in this time and is incredibly fit, so how is it possible that he is putting on weight?

for the last three months he has typically been eating every day - 2 cereal bars, 1 banana, 1 tuna mayo sandwich, 2 chicken breasts with new potatoes and carrots for dinner and then a fruit yoghurt for pudding - thats less than i eat!! he has had a test for cushings disease which came back negative and now our doctor is basically saying he can't do anything for him. he has also seen a nutritionist who could see nothing worng with his diet

If anybody has any suggestions they would be gratefully received as we are getting desperate!!

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  • Is you husband on any kind of medication? I have the same problem and I found out the medication was the problem. ALL KINDS of medication can cause weight gain.Hope this helps.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 04:35 AM
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  • Your husband should go and see a nutritionalist. He should be eating a variety of foods . Packaged foods are full of JUNK and additives, and preservatives that are not good for you. If you cant read what is in the product don't eat it. He needs a balanced with fruits, vegtables milk products, proteins, and grains. If he is a marathon runner he has to make sure he is getting enough calories because he actually could be starving himself. If he doesn't have enough calories to burn his metabolism will slow down and he will eventually gian weight. I hope this helps you but I am not an expert so go and talk to a nutritionalist.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 06:13 AM
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  • i agree with buttercup. he needs to eat more, especially if he is a man of size to begin with. he could be starving himself with the breakfast bars and sandwiches and pudding.....and then trying to exercise on top of that. try to eat healty foods but do tell him to eat. his body will hold on to the fat as if it is starving. also, if he is doing a lot of exercise, then he needs to eat certain foods (ie, what a runner eats is totally different than what your average person who does not exercise eats). the foods you named are not the foods of your typical runner.
    GoodLife 3 Replies
    • November 4, 2006
    • 08:37 AM
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