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    Default Gaining weight

    Firstly, I genuinely need help and advice here, I'm not trying to make anyone feel bad or weird, I'm asking on here as most people I know don't have my problem.. So, if you can help me, then please do...

    Here's the thing, I'm too skinny. Like really skinny. I'm 170cms tall and I weigh just under 43kgs. I'm the skinniest 35 year old I've ever met. (And I have two kids, they're 3 and 5. Not sure if that makes any difference at all.)

    However, I feel great, I feel really healthy, I have lots of energy, af is arriving each month, I'm really enjoying summer and swimming and had a big Christmas of eating and drinking, but somehow managed to lose a kilo!!! I was told today that I look like someone stuck a vacuum cleaner up me and sucked out all the fat and moisture. I was a bit shocked, but I looked in the mirror, and he's right. That's how I look. I weighed myself and was shocked to be under 43kgs. I was also told I look unhealthy. And asked if I'm really ok. (I think the implication was that I must have an illness that I'm not telling anyone about!)

    I don't have any idea how to gain weight. I wake up starving, so I eat, normally toast with real butter and ham or eggs. If I don't have the protein then I'm still starving. I eat lunch, like leftover dinner food, a sandwich with ham or chicken or whatever and salad, and I eat dinner, normally meat, fish or chicken with a serve of potato or rice and veggies.. I don't have a sweet tooth so I rarely eat dessert of any kind. But today I did have some yoghurt about 11am.

    What do I do to gain some weight? I currently shop for my clothes in the kids section, though I did buy a skirt from the grown up section of target today, in a size 4, from the Danni Minogue petite range.

    I know my problem is first world, and most people would kill to have my problem, I am fully aware of that, but where am I going wrong?! I eat protein, often at all 3 meals! I eat until I'm full, but stop when I'm done, I can't just force feed myself more food, though I believe I'm eating normal adult size portions already. I eat full cream dairy.

    In the past, I've been able to gain some weight, a couple of kilos here and there, but as soon as I stop consciously eating extra, the weight just falls off again.

    I think I'd like to gain about 3 kgs in the next little while, and be able to keep the weight on.

    Should I lift weights?
    Eat more?
    If I eat more, then what, specifically?
    Does anyone have any ideas?

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    I have no advice as I have the opposite problem.
    Maybe you just have a really fast metabolism and you burn the food super quick?

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    I have no idea, have you had a chat to your GP about it? I have always been overweight (except for now) so all my experience goes the other way. Wishing you luck though- a friend of mine in high school was the same and really struggled to maintain a healthy weight.

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    I really think you need to talk to dietitian. They deal with people who need to gain weight all the time.
    In my lame man opinion maybe drinking https://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&s...FAYAP1Zom9NvNw this might help in combination with some weights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CakeyMumma View Post
    I have no idea, have you had a chat to your GP about it? I have always been overweight (except for now) so all my experience goes the other way. Wishing you luck though- a friend of mine in high school was the same and really struggled to maintain a healthy weight.
    Thank you..

    I asked the gp about it the last three times I've been there. My thyroid function test came back fine, no signs of any other illness and she told me that this must be my normal default weight.

    I normally don't care about my weight, but when people think I'm unwell I'm starting to think it's time to worry..

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    Have a chat to your GP

    Try high-calorie drinks such as protein shakes with full cream milk, homemade smoothies etc.

    Look at healthy high calorie foods - peanut butter, avocado, soft cheeses like Camembert etc. Think of things that pack large amounts of calories into small portions.

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    I would be a bit worried if I'd been eating lots over Xmas and lost weight. Can you push your GP for any other tests or ask for a second opinion? Still having AF and feeling great are good signs but IMO losing weight is a bit of a worry if you're very thin to begin with.

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    You may just have a fast metabolism, but there are several medical conditions that can cause you to not be able to gain weight. It sounds like you're healthy and feel good, but if it's concerning you I'd go and see a GP to start with. They can run some tests, even if it's just to rule things out and tell you that you are healthy! Perhaps also see a dietician/nutritionist about how to safely and healthily gain weight. Do you exercise? Maybe see a PT about exercises that could help you to bulk up. Exercise should make you hungrier as well, so you'll eat more.

    Best of luck hun x

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    I was going to suggest getting your thyroid checked but sounds like you've already done that! A friend of mine had thyroid issues and really struggled to gain weight.

    Maybe some protein shakes and weight bearing exercise? I'm not talking from personal experience here, just thinking about how a few male friends were able to gain weight.

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    Seeing that you've already raised it with your GP maybe you could seek a second opinion from a specialist? If you see a dietician they may be able to reccomend one for you or advise what sort of things to ask your GP to test for...?

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