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31 Jan 2006

How to put on weight
Hi there,

Some advice please. I am 33 years old and am struggling to put on weight. I love exercise and find swimming especially therapeutic. I swim 2kms about four times a week. My problem is that in the mornings, after I have swum, I feel incredibly naseous and have to force myself to eat. I have a busy schedule at work and most days forget to eat lunch until about 4pm. I eat a bread roll then and have a good supper. I am 1.8m tall and weigh 56 kgs. My trousers are falling off my sticking out hip bones. My family is naturally thin as well. I do try to remember to eat small meals through out the day, but do that 2 days out of 7.

I love snacking on fruit during the day, but this does not help me with weight gain.

Any tips please, thanks
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Shelby
Well, as your present BMI = 17,3, which is below the normal range (18-25), you need to do something about your eating habits. Basically individuals who struggle to gain weight do not ingest sufficient energy for the high demands of their Basic metabolic rate and/or physical activity. I have written some articles on this subject. For basic information click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Companies like Fresenius Kabi and Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone Fresenius on (011) 203-2000, or the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. Basically you need to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much you eat at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If this does not solve the problem, consult a clinical dietitian (check the List of Dietitians on this Website or phone 082-593-0276 or send an e-mail to or look in your local telephone directory or Yellow Pages, to find a dietitian in your area.), so that the dietitian can work out a diet for you that provides you with sufficient energy and improves your eating habits.
Good luck
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