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Wants to Gain Weight
Wants to Gain Weight
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11/15/12 4:22 PM
Unlike myself, my husband cannot keep weight on. Most people would love to have this problem, but sometimes he gets so thin that hes begins to look unhealthy. He owns his own autobody shop which requires him to be physically active for nearly 8hr/day. We have tried to increase his calorie intake, but he is only able to maintain his current weight and not gain any weight. Any suggestions to this odd predicament considering most people are wanting to lose weight. - Thanks!
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RE: Wants to Gain Weight
11/15/12 4:26 PM as a reply to JJZeller.
Has he been thoroughly checked out by competent medical professionals? If you've ruled out all serious medical possibilities, then it's really just a question of needing to eat enough to fuel all that activity. How does he eat now?
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RE: Wants to Gain Weight
11/16/12 4:39 PM as a reply to AdStaffAndrew.
He has always been thin and no doctor has ever said they thought something was wrong with him. Typically in the morning he has a fairly large bowl of cereal. On his way to work he drinks GNC re-built mass super-anabolic mass gainer. His snacks throughout the day vary and include things such as: peanut butter sandwich, cliff bars or similar, fruit, string cheese etc. For lunch usually a turkey, roast beef, chicken or ham sandwich on potato bread (his favorite). I know not the healthiest, but he sometimes eats fast food on his busy day...pizza, subway, arbys, wendys, etc. For dinner he eats about double what I eat. Usually ~8 oz of meat (chicken, beef, fish), salad and/or vegetable and some stark item such as rice or potatoes. He snacks after dinner sometimes, pudding, icecream, cheese danish, etc. We tried to keep track of calories for him for awhile and he was eating 3500 to 4000 calories and maintaining his current weight. He's about 5ft 8in and currently weighs 136lbs. He fluctuates between 136 and 140 most times. The only time he ever goes above 140 is when we go on vacation. He looks very healthy at 145lbs, but once we return from vacation and he starts working again he loses the weight in about 2 days.
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11/16/12 7:12 PM as a reply to JJZeller.
Lets go back to his diet. Your husband sounds a lot like me in terms of weight/height and his daily physical routine. I really think he needs to eat more and do it consistently for about 6 months. I think his calorie intake should be around 3800 to 4000 a day.

Currently I'm 31, 5'7" and 165lb. Since I was 18 and until I started working out I've been around 135-140lb range. I could eat all the hamburgers, pizzas, and all that other junk food and not gain any weight.
When I started my P90X workout, I stuck to a strict diet plan that involved eating the same food day in and day out. I chose foods that I enjoy eating and by and working out 5 days a week, I was able to pack on 30 pounds. The foods I chose resemble closely to the P90X phase 3 nutrition plan. Was it easy? Hell no. At first I wasn't used to eating so much. I had to literally force myself to eat even though I wasn't hungry. But it got easier over time. At work, I would eat on my breaks. On my lunch break I would eat some more. Basically every 2-3 hours I would be eating a snack or a main meal. Snacks would be around 450 cal. Main meals were around 600. If you like I can write my schedule for the day and what I ate for 180 days. But the point is, your husband needs to be eating quality foods if he wants to gain weight. Oh and exercising too. Lifting big; 6-8 reps and taking 2-3 min breaks between each exercise. Hope this helps,
Jim
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11/16/12 7:18 PM as a reply to JJZeller.
Simple answer: At the end of the day when his head hits the pillow it's all about calories in and calories out.

If he's not gaining weight, he straight up flat out needs to eat more, that's it.

"He eats alot" doesn't cut it either.

He needs to track his calories and be specific with his daily intake staying consistent. For example if he tracks his food and knows beyond certainty that he's eating at 3500 calories and maintaining weight, then he'd need to bump it up to say 3700-3800 on a daily basis and see where he weighs in next week.

Don't let anyone over complicate it for him.

And if he says "I can't eat this much" my polite answer is usually "Sure you can!" haha. Any time we change our diet it's a struggle for our stomach to adjust like anything. Stretching or shrinking, but it takes effort.

When someone who is anorexic tells you they're full, do you believe them? Or if someone obese tells you they're starving it's tough to take at face value.

If our stomach's knew how much we needed to gain weight or lose weight, nobody would be anorexic or obese hehe. It's up to us to eat right and track our calories.

It wasn't always like that when all we had access to was natural unprocessed foods, but this is the 21st century. Gotta adapt and overcome if we want to survive! Nutrition labels and myfitnesspal will do the trick for you guys.
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RE: Wants to Gain Weight
11/30/12 8:01 PM as a reply to JJZeller.
jbaird:
The only time he ever goes above 140 is when we go on vacation. He looks very healthy at 145lbs, but once we return from vacation and he starts working again he loses the weight in about 2 days.


Heck there's your answer. During the vacation he ate more calories then he needed and when he got back he started eating less calories. It's really very simple. He needs to eat MORE calories. When he eats more then he needs he will start gaining.
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