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Question for anyone who might know: I am trying to gain weight, and eating a ton, but apparently I've LOST 1.5 lb rather than gained any weight.<br><br><br><br>
Is this a normal phenomenon? Or should I be worried?
 

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What are you eating "a ton" of?<br><br><br><br>
If you are eating a lot of fruits and veggies, then it is going to fill you up due to all the bulk without giving you enough energy* to maintain, let alone gain, weight.<br><br><br><br>
If you are eating a lot of energy-dense foods, such as nuts, seeds, legumes, avocados, olive oil, etc, then it could be due to your metabolism being jumpstarted.<br><br><br><br>
Or you could be underestimating what you are eating and how much energy* your body needs to sustain itself.<br><br><br><br>
*By energy, I mean calories. But energy is a better way to look at it.
 

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I'm on a 2700-calorie a day meal plan...with very little of that being fruits and veggies (to keep from filling up, as you say).<br><br><br><br>
Maybe metabolism kicking in? I sure hope so...
 

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sometimes that happens to me too.. i've just recovered from ed and find it hard to gain it back (because i don't want to be thins skinny anymore) due to my digestive problems. sometimes it's weird & confusing cause i think i've eaten MORE calories in one day than the other but still i'm losing... i hope it's not muscle... cause i teally want to gain too but it's taking so long...<br><br><br><br>
i seem to have a hard time digesting all sort of foods esp. fats and protein, and i can't combine certain foods otherwise it won't digest well and there's gonna be more malabsorption
 

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I'm on a 2700-calorie a day meal plan...with very little of that being fruits and veggies (to keep from filling up, as you say).<br><br><br><br>
Maybe metabolism kicking in? I sure hope so...</div>
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Are you having nightsweats?
 

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probably the metabolism... i know it is hard but 2700 is relatively low.... my advice is to bump it up at least by another few hundred... its very hard to eat enough to gain. at one point in the hospital i was eating 3500, which is not unusual apparently... have you tried supplements like ensure plus? they can make eating enough a lot easier..
 

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also if you have been underweight for some time , your body will need to fill your cells before it gets stored as "body weight" and this can mean that your food is going straight to the cells and than speeding your metabolism it can also be called hyometabolism , i had it one time in hospital as my body went out of wake when it first started refeeding<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Interesting...I've never severely deprived myself, I've made it a priority to get at least 2,000 calories a day for a few years. But I guess as a runner, I needed much more than that for all that time...shucks. I tossed the scale, so I'm just gonna go by how my body feels for now.
 

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Good for you pickle <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"> its also kool to hear that you're able to run. cause for me, i've stopped running just for now, or like cut it down - otherwise it would be impossible for me to gain.. and it sucks cause i love the feeling of running :p<br><br><br><br>
2000 calories sounds good, but if you really want to gain you should (like the others said) aim for above 2700 cals even and eventually it'll help. for me i can't even get up to 2000 cals, it's not that i don't want to or that i'm depriving myself (like before..) i just get so full so easily now and my digestive system sucks too so if i eat too much it'll just mess up and nothing gets absorbed.. and the bloated feeling just makes me want to throw up<br><br><br><br>
Have you heard of any calorie shakes/drinks? some ppl have been talking about it n i might actually go and try it cause i can never get up to above 2000 cals by eating normal food - too filling<br><br><br><br>
Wow. i've written alot..sorry if its a bit off topic! But it's good to hear that ur doing well and eating well too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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Thanks YxSyk...and I am aiming for at least 2700 a day, but I agree it is hard. I found that gradually increasing my calories helped my body adjust, so I definitely suggest that approach to you. As well, I found that drinking calories is a big help, and will help you feel less full - buy some protein powder for smoothies and make them with alot of maple syrup and high-cal stuff. Also just drink juice like it's going outta style! Take care, keep us posted on how you are doing!
 

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And yea... i read from one of your lst posts a few weeks ago about not being able to digest fats properly due to your gallbladder surgery - that could be one factor why you're having a hard time gaining weight. you eating mostly complex carbs then i guess and proteins? i'm def a carb person, fats make me feel so sluggish & its hard to digest. i'm wondering if i might have problems w/ my gallbladder since due to my ed the last couple of yrs i've been basically eating 0 fat<br><br><br><br>
But i'll take your advice too on drinking liquids w/ more cals in it
 

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2000 calories sounds good, but if you really want to gain you should (like the others said) aim for above 2700 cals even and eventually it'll help. for me i can't even get up to 2000 cals, it's not that i don't want to or that i'm depriving myself (like before..) i just get so full so easily now and my digestive system sucks too so if i eat too much it'll just mess up and nothing gets absorbed.. and the bloated feeling just makes me want to throw up<br></div>
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I struggled to get past 2000 too, but nothing's impossible with the right support. I've got myself running on 2500 now. It's not perfect, but meh. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
There's some cookie-style, protein bars out there that helped me a lot. I can't remember what brand they were, but they were like a slab of cookie dough. I swear, I could have killed someone with one of those, lol. But, they aren't as calorie-packed as they sound, and that was partly what got me to eat them. Maybe try looking into them, pal?
 
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