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applejunk
Are there any solutions to gaining weight? I've tried to gain weight unsuccessfully for the past couple years, but there's just not enough information out there to effectively do it. Everything nowadays is all about losing weight, and the sites that do promote weight gain are usually all related to muscle mass like eating protein bars and drinking protein shakes and then going to work out. Being a girl, I don't think that really applies to me haha.

I am currently somewhere between 5'4 and 5'5 and i weigh somewhere from 95-100. I'm not exactly sure because my weight tends to fluctuate a lot in between those two figures, and I don't have access to a scale since I don't live at home right now. I don't look unhealthy and people say that I am evenly proportioned, but for a person my height the normal weight should be around 110-115. I would like to get that weight, but I have no idea how to. I've tried eating and just sitting there, but nothing seems to work =/ Does anybody have any ideas?
crdowner
This may sound odd but exercise may help you gain weight. Muscle supposedly weighs more than fat so your weight may increase and/or stabilize with exercise.

Don't try to build huge muscles - just lean muscle. Lift weight but not keep the amount of weight down and do more repetitions.
driftingfe3s
crdowner wrote:
This may sound odd but exercise may help you gain weight. Muscle supposedly weighs more than fat so your weight may increase and/or stabilize with exercise.

Don't try to build huge muscles - just lean muscle. Lift weight but not keep the amount of weight down and do more repetitions.


Firstly I want to say it's nice to hear you have a very healthy outlook on your figure. Most girls want to be below the wieght they need to be for thier BMI and that's totally unhealthy and in some cases, unattractive.

crdowner is right. Try doing some light execises to gain a bit of lean muscle mass, and muscle does weigh more than fat. If you don't have access to a gym or weights you can do exercises that use your own body weight like pushups (on your knees to make it easier), dips using a chiar, squats and lunges. Also remember to stetch after you workout to keep your muscles long and lean. This way you can become more toned and gain a a few pounds.
benjmd
As other posters have said, you probably could gain some weight by increasing muscle mass. Some people just have a lot of trouble gaining weight. If you are exercising regularly (but not excessively), maybe between 30 minutes 3 times per week up to 1.5 hours every day, and if you are eating a good diet (for your size, between 1600 and 2000 calories per day), then you do not need to worry about the number on the scale. However, if you have others symptoms such as difficulty sleeping or concentrating, rapid heartbeats/palpitations, frequent sweating, overheating easily or feeling hot all the time, or doughy skin with swelling, then you should see a physician because the problem may be with your thyroid gland.
TBSC
applejunk wrote:
Are there any solutions to gaining weight? I've tried to gain weight unsuccessfully for the past couple years, but there's just not enough information out there to effectively do it. Everything nowadays is all about losing weight, and the sites that do promote weight gain are usually all related to muscle mass like eating protein bars and drinking protein shakes and then going to work out. Being a girl, I don't think that really applies to me haha.

I am currently somewhere between 5'4 and 5'5 and i weigh somewhere from 95-100. I'm not exactly sure because my weight tends to fluctuate a lot in between those two figures, and I don't have access to a scale since I don't live at home right now. I don't look unhealthy and people say that I am evenly proportioned, but for a person my height the normal weight should be around 110-115. I would like to get that weight, but I have no idea how to. I've tried eating and just sitting there, but nothing seems to work =/ Does anybody have any ideas?


Yes working out will help. Also I don't know how you eat. Maybe if you eat more protein that will help.

Regards,

TBSC
applejunk
Ah, thanks for all the replies!

Anyways, I know that muscle weighs more than mass, and last semester I went to the gym around 2-3 times a week to run and do leg exercises. However, I find that when I exercise, I tend to lose more weight than I gain. :/ I'm also wary of doing exercises for the upper body because I'm a girl, so 1)I don't feel like walking into a male dominated territory and 2)I've heard upper body reps are not a good option for girls. But I guess I'll start going to the gym again and try once more..if all else fails, at least I'll improve my stamina Smile
vineeth
applejunk wrote:
Are there any solutions to gaining weight? I've tried to gain weight unsuccessfully for the past couple years, but there's just not enough information out there to effectively do it. Everything nowadays is all about losing weight, and the sites that do promote weight gain are usually all related to muscle mass like eating protein bars and drinking protein shakes and then going to work out. Being a girl, I don't think that really applies to me haha.

I am currently somewhere between 5'4 and 5'5 and i weigh somewhere from 95-100. I'm not exactly sure because my weight tends to fluctuate a lot in between those two figures, and I don't have access to a scale since I don't live at home right now. I don't look unhealthy and people say that I am evenly proportioned, but for a person my height the normal weight should be around 110-115. I would like to get that weight, but I have no idea how to. I've tried eating and just sitting there, but nothing seems to work =/ Does anybody have any ideas?


How old are you? It matters while giving a medical advice for weight gain.
applejunk
18 =X
Tempesto
I would say take weight gainers from your local gnc lol. But you really dont need to be the average weight for your height, be happy that you have good form. Or if you have bones showing forget what I just said and take some weight gainers Lol.
gh0stface
applejunk wrote:
Ah, thanks for all the replies!

Anyways, I know that muscle weighs more than mass, and last semester I went to the gym around 2-3 times a week to run and do leg exercises. However, I find that when I exercise, I tend to lose more weight than I gain. :/ I'm also wary of doing exercises for the upper body because I'm a girl, so 1)I don't feel like walking into a male dominated territory and 2)I've heard upper body reps are not a good option for girls. But I guess I'll start going to the gym again and try once more..if all else fails, at least I'll improve my stamina Smile

1. You are always going to lose weight first before you start gaining weight when going to the gym. Reason, you are burning off fat which is going to make you weigh a few pounds lighter. When you start building muscle, that's when you are going to start gaining weight.

2. Doing some LIGHT pectoral work outs for girls has been known to help enhance their attributes. As long as you aren't trying to build mass, you will be ok.

The key to gaining weight is also to increase your caloric intake. When a lot of people say they have trouble gaining weight, it means that they aren't eating enough. Especially of the right things.
TBSC
applejunk wrote:
Ah, thanks for all the replies!

Anyways, I know that muscle weighs more than mass, and last semester I went to the gym around 2-3 times a week to run and do leg exercises. However, I find that when I exercise, I tend to lose more weight than I gain. :/ I'm also wary of doing exercises for the upper body because I'm a girl, so 1)I don't feel like walking into a male dominated territory and 2)I've heard upper body reps are not a good option for girls. But I guess I'll start going to the gym again and try once more..if all else fails, at least I'll improve my stamina Smile


I saw a pic of marilyn monroe doing weight lifting excercises on a bench with small dumbells. It doesn't have to be a lot of weight, you wont bulk up if you use the hand held 2-8 pound dumbells. It will just give you definition. There's not a thing unfeminine about it, really. Women are very attractive when fit and I think the guys will agree.
PennyLane
You can also visit a doctor. There are specialised doctors that can help you gaining weight. My boyfriend has the same problem, and he visits a dietist (I don't kbow if this is the right word in English), and he already gained 5 kg!!
zaira
reason behind maybe your metabolism. Your body tends to burn fat more than it burns regularly, so you need to slow down this metabolism, by not moving too much. Moreover, eat lot of foods and drink protien shakes and drinks. but i suggest that you need to work slower than before to make your body immune to slow movements, that wil follow the slowing down of metabolism.
applejunk
...work slower than before? sorry, i'm not exactly sure what you mean by that.. :X i have tried eating and then just sleeping but it gives me hiccups in the morning haha, and needless to say nothing happened Razz but thanks for all the replies everyone Smile one of my friends suggested drinking ensure, the one with the most calories, she has the same problem as i do and she said that worked great for her as long as i remember to do light exercises so i think i'll try it out. thanks again ^^
takashiro
That sounds a little strange! Today more and more people are looking for the way to lose weight while you want a way to gain weight!

I suggest you eating more sweets, meat, and other things contain lots of fat and sugar even though you didn't like them. Very Happy Be careful and not get to like eating those, or perhaps someday you will be looking for the way to lose weight too. Laughing
Bikerman
zaira wrote:
reason behind maybe your metabolism. Your body tends to burn fat more than it burns regularly, so you need to slow down this metabolism, by not moving too much. Moreover, eat lot of foods and drink protien shakes and drinks. but i suggest that you need to work slower than before to make your body immune to slow movements, that wil follow the slowing down of metabolism.

Err...no. You cannot make your body 'immune' to slow movements. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) is the number of calories you burn doing nothing in a day (ie if you stayed in bed all day). It is normally calculated by a formula requiring age, sex, weight and height. Unless you have a metabolic problem (thyroid gland for example) then it is very unlikely that your metabolism is to blame so I really wouldn't worry about it unless you have other symptoms. It is not unusual for someone of your age to be 'slim' and personally I wouldn't be concerned at all. If you really want to bulk-up then the advice already given would be best - exercise regularly and ensure your calorific intake is sufficient.
(Don't eat lots of sugar, as someone suggests. It is a bad idea. Neither should you cram yourself with junk foods. Both may well increase your body mass but they will also have other effects which are undesirable and which you may come to regret in later life. A healthy balanced diet is always the best way to go - plenty of fruit and veg, lots of slow-release carbohydrates and a reasonable amount of protein. There is plenty of information on the web regarding healthy diets and I would suggest you do a quick Google - avoid any sort of 'special diets' because you don't need them).

You can calculate your BMR here;
http://health.discovery.com/tools/calculators/basal/basal.html
Pikokola
I think you shouldn't think it too much. Just exercise regularly, eat proper food, and get enough sleep (read = don't over do yourself) and you'll have an "okay" body when you reach age 20++.

Some people at age 15-19 are usually tend to lose weight or get lots of weight (lots but not until obese) depend on the gen from family, but that's normal, as long as it's not to extreme.

Just some tips, about the exercise: Don't stop more than 3 days except if you can't really do it (sick maybe) or replace it with something lighter when something comes up, but just don't stop exercising, since it'll be much more tougher to restart exercising, much more tougher than doing it first time. The easiest exercise is walking, or maybe jogging in the morning or evening, just 30 minutes everyday is enough I think, that's enough to build some muscle. (and you could get some brain refresher when walking in the morning - about 4.50 pm.)
djcaution
omg I clicked on this post fully expecting a post about not being able to lose weight and I was planning on writing how I'm the exact opposite and cant GAIN weight - and to my surprise this post IS about gaining weight for once! Finally lol! I have crazy trouble gaining weight too. I gain about 5 pounds a year. No matter what I do I cant gain more than that. Doesnt matter what I eat or how much. In fact I have to eat like a madman just to keep the weight I have! Sure it's not that bad of a thing, I'm not complaining exactly but I would like to gain SOME more weight at least ya know?
furtasacra
zaira wrote:
reason behind maybe your metabolism. Your body tends to burn fat more than it burns regularly, so you need to slow down this metabolism, by not moving too much. Moreover, eat lot of foods and drink protien shakes and drinks. but i suggest that you need to work slower than before to make your body immune to slow movements, that wil follow the slowing down of metabolism.


Good heavens NO, don't try to slow down your metabolism, or you'll be fat and fatigued at 40. Think ahead. Don't WORRY about it. I wanted to put on some weight when I was under 20, because I was so thin people made fun of me, and I had no boobs.

Your metabolism will naturally slow down as you age, and you will gradually gain some weight and round out a bit. Don't rush it. Just eat healthy food and get some exercise for muscle tone, and you'll be golden.
redace
I absolutely agree with the above answers. Do some work out, try to eat more proteins to gain some muscles, but not many and you will be OK.
Coclus
Well I would say if you feel good do not even try to gain weight, nor paya ny attention to these statistics.
ptolomeo
I dont know a better solution than eating increasingly more and more every day. If possible dont do any exercise. If you didnt find anything on the web about how to gain weight is because it is a trivial question. Maybe you are loosing weight because you are ill, if that is the case you should go to see the doctor.

I hope my advise can help you on gaining some weight or in taking the decision to go to see the doctor.
thejam
Quite some time ago i wanted to gain weight too. However i am a guy. I found the solution in eating controled more and working out (obviously i didn't wanted to gain weight only at certain places.
Its Not good to eat more and fat stuff. I increased my dieet up to 5 meals a day .
Especially in combination with a lot of exercise, you will get hungry anyway. I thought it was impossible to gain weight, because i allready eat so much, but it worked. And if its regulated it's not even unhealthy. Again i don't know how it works for girls, because its easier for guys to transfer fat into muscle tissue, but eating more and healthy can't harm you i guess. Anyway good luck!!
Kelvin
how about trying to consume appetite protein powder? I tried gaining weight many years back by drinking the Appeton (hope i spelled it right) brand powder and after finishing like 10 can... put on 5kgs or so. You can also increase your protein intake to gain weight. Your gym exercises were probably more on weight loss. If you do cardio exercises like treadmill and cycling... these actually help you lose weight. I can stay constant on a specific weight for years even if i increase or decrease my intake of food. Must be the metabolism.... cause i generate a lot of heat.

Beer will definately make u put on weight but I'm not recommending that unless you want to get out of shape and maybe end up an alcoholic Confused
webpagist81884
Eat any junk food you can. This includes chips, peanut butter, candy, sugar related products, caffeine related products, and bakery junk. Then exercise, to turn that excess fat into muscle, which will give you more weight.
Bikerman
webpagist81884 wrote:
Eat any junk food you can. This includes chips, peanut butter, candy, sugar related products, caffeine related products, and bakery junk. Then exercise, to turn that excess fat into muscle, which will give you more weight.

Alternatively, ignore the dangerous advice of ignorant fools....
Ghost Rider103
Well most of the things you read about building muscle mass to gain weight is actually quite true.

However, your diet is really what it is all about.

When you read to eat protein bars, protein shakes, that is all correct. To gain more weight, what you really need is protein, so get as much of it as you can.

Working out is actually probably quite needed in your situation. You do not want to try to gain fat to put on more weight, or you will reuin your figure, you might end up with stretch marks, and if you ever go over weight, and then try to loose it, you will end up with loose fat, which isn't too appealing.

My advice, is to get as much protein as you can. Your matabolism is obviously extremely fast, (as is mine). You might think eating all the junk food in the world will get you fat, however that is incorrect with a high matoblism.

Eat plenty of meat, potatoes, tuna, cotage cheese, peanut butter (Yes, peanut butter is healthy, it's loaded with protein.) Things like shrimp, and all kinds of meat will help you gain weight. But with a high matoblism, working out is a must. Just do light weights, and I guarntee that you will see some results right away. Though don't try to get big muscles, just find a good workout routine, and follow it for a month or two, and see how it goes.

Hope this helps, good luck!
genchan
Ya, I think exercise is important as part of the routine in gaining weight. Eating and sitting and do nothing can work for some but may not for others. Active bowel can also cause weight lose. I think those having a hard time gaining weight could have poor absorption of food through colon.
thadnation
exercise helps a lot. try eating more protein or raw veggies. but there is one thing that greatly increases your bmi: swimming. Swimmers naturally have a higher bmi. I don't know why, but we do. swimming is a great way to work out, to tone, and to gain some weight, oddly enough. good luck!
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