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28 Sep 2009

Please help me, underweight
I have been trying to gain muscle forever. I have a 9 month old, i was very happy while preggies because thats the only time i had " fat" ,i gained 12kg, but now the weight is ALL gone and i' m back to being skinny again :-(. I am underweight and would like to gain at least 5kgs or gain muscle if possible. I love to execise but i think i should stop before i dissapear! Please please help
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DietDoc

01 Jan 0001

Dear Lee
If your metabolism is very fast, then it may be a good idea to have your gp check your thyroid function as an overactive thyroid can cause pronounced weight loss and prevent weight gain. Gaining weight is just as problematic as trying to lose it. 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 Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about your need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. 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 liquid meal supplement at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement. As regards exercise you need to concentrate on only doing exercises with weights to build muscle. Don't do much cardio exercise as this will make you lose weight.
Best regards
DietDoc
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