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26 Sep 2006

skinny.. can I use mass builder?
Hi Dietdoc,

I weight 47kg and am 1.6m in height... I am really unhappy with my body weight I am really skinny but find that if I put weight on it goes to my hips. I would like to use a mass builder to put on weight on my upper body arms etc. and exercise my lower half to even out my weight. Would this work? if so what excercise should I do and what type of mass builder would work as I am a 24 year old woman. If not recommened what should I eat to put on weight, I would like to put on weight on my upper body.
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Reader
Your present BMI = 18,4 which is low, so it would be excellent if you could gain about 9 kg to achieve an ideal BMI of 22. It is unfortunatley impossible to control where you will gain this weight and if you have a genetic tendency to deposit fat on the hips then this will probably also occur when you gain the 9 kg. Using targeted exercises to keep your hips trim may work quite well. 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 you use a meal supplement such as Fresubin, with or without fibre, at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. For targeted exercises that work on the hips, ask Fitness Doc for a set of home exercises.
Good luck
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