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    Unhappy Do bodies get stuck at a certain no of kilos??

    Hello everyone

    I really need some help with my nutrition/calorie intake, and I would greatly appreciate any input.

    A bit of a background - I am a girl, 25 years old, 5 foot 6, 99 lbs - i know, i know, that is a BMI of around 16 and not very healthy - nonetheless, I have been to doctors, all said I am okay and I should not worry, that I will gain weight. Some people say I look gorgeous, others comment on my weight.

    Overall, I have been trying various ways to gain weight, and I always lose motivation and go back to where I started.

    I have a sedentary job, and do not do cardio or anything. Nonetheless, I have calculated my TDEE various times, stating that I am "very active", in order not to underestimate my calorie needs. Short conclusion - I have a TDEE of about 1900 calories, so I need to add 500 more to gain weight.

    I have started a diet of 2500+ calories per day. I've been doing it for almost a week, nonetheless, I haven't gained ANYTHING.

    I care to mention that my body is always somehow stuck at 45 kgs. Before I counted calories, I realized that I was eating almost 1000 calories which is really low, but still, I did not lose the weight I was having.

    Now, can someone help me out and tell me if my body is stuck at a certain level? What is there to be done to make my body grow? I just need around 5 kilos. Does the food I am eating matter?
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    In general, the 'normal' range for BMI follows a normal bell-curve distribution, meaning that the vast majority of normal, healthy people will fall into that range while others will occasionally dip slightly below or go slightly above that naturally.

    However, a BMI of 16 is likely too far below the normal range to be considered 'healthy' even though your current blood work might look OK.

    That being said, there is some merit to the idea that people have what is called a 'settling point' for there weight, wherein hunger is stabilized and weight seems to stay a certain level unless larger amounts of calories are consumed beyond your TDEE. A 500 calorie surplus, however, should probably push your body to gain weight.

    Now, you've only been doing this a week, which in my opinion simply isn't long enough to measure change. Depending on how much food is currently in your system, hydration, etc, it's really hard to tell what's going on.

    Now, ASSUMING you don't have an eating disorder, The best way to measure true progress is to, for now, stick to a very rigid eating and weighing schedule at least until you can figure out if you're eating enough. So, try and stop eating at a similar time every day, and weigh yourself at the same time every morning after using the bathroom and always with the same amount of clothing on.

    Do this for several weeks while closely monitoring your calorie and food intake.

    Don't use isolated days to track progress, weigh yourself EVERY day and calculate a moving average to account for daily fluctuations in fluids/food/etc.

    Also, be sure to weigh your food if you can.
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    Originally Posted by kristiee11 View Post
    Hello everyone

    I really need some help with my nutrition/calorie intake, and I would greatly appreciate any input.

    A bit of a background - I am a girl, 25 years old, 5 foot 6, 99 lbs - i know, i know, that is a BMI of around 16 and not very healthy - nonetheless, I have been to doctors, all said I am okay and I should not worry, that I will gain weight. Some people say I look gorgeous, others comment on my weight.

    Overall, I have been trying various ways to gain weight, and I always lose motivation and go back to where I started.

    I have a sedentary job, and do not do cardio or anything. Nonetheless, I have calculated my TDEE various times, stating that I am "very active", in order not to underestimate my calorie needs. Short conclusion - I have a TDEE of about 1900 calories, so I need to add 500 more to gain weight.

    I have started a diet of 2500+ calories per day. I've been doing it for almost a week, nonetheless, I haven't gained ANYTHING.

    I care to mention that my body is always somehow stuck at 45 kgs. Before I counted calories, I realized that I was eating almost 1000 calories which is really low, but still, I did not lose the weight I was having.

    Now, can someone help me out and tell me if my body is stuck at a certain level? What is there to be done to make my body grow? I just need around 5 kilos.



    Does the food I am eating matter?
    Sure. Avoiding industrial trans fats, excessive intake of HFCS, eating plenty of micronutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs, as well as adequate amounts of protein and fat are essential to good health.


    If, in fact---as you stated---that you're health is not in question (i.e., your hormone levels), your problem is simply a matter of eating more food. Look to consume more calorically-dense food items such as fatty cuts of red meat (probably the best thing of all), full-fat dairy foods, peanut butter, nuts of all types, avocados, pasta, bagels, and potatoes.
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    Originally Posted by ironwill2008 View Post
    Sure. Avoiding industrial trans fats, excessive intake of HFCS, eating plenty of micronutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, and complex carbs, as well as adequate amounts of protein and fat are essential to good health.


    If, in fact---as you stated---that you're health is not in question (i.e., your hormone levels), your problem is simply a matter of eating more food. Look to consume more calorically-dense food items such as fatty cuts of red meat (probably the best thing of all), full-fat dairy foods, peanut butter, nuts of all types, avocados, pasta, bagels, and potatoes.
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    Thanks for your feedback!!

    Do you think starting a weight training program (beginner) would be a good idea?

    I started lifting weights at home, and I see progress - just not enough.
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    Originally Posted by kristiee11 View Post
    Thanks for your feedback!!

    Do you think starting a weight training program (beginner) would be a good idea?

    I started lifting weights at home, and I see progress - just not enough.
    Weight training will certainly help because if you want to gain weight I imagine you want to add lean muscle not fat, and stay toned at the same time.
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    Originally Posted by AdamWW View Post
    Another important question: what is your age?
    She said in her first post dude.
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    Another important question: what is your age?
    I will be 25 in July
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    Weight training will certainly help because if you want to gain weight I imagine you want to add lean muscle not fat, and stay toned at the same time.
    ^^^ This...

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    Originally Posted by xsquid99 View Post
    ^^^ This...

    Go over to the Workout Program forum and read the "Fierce 5 Novice Routine" sticky. Its a proven program that has helped out quite a bit of people.
    Sounds good to me. But I was thinking, shouldn't i first concentrate on eating more and gaining a bit of fat, and THEN start working out?

    I think doing both quite stresses me out and I end up not doing any properly
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    Originally Posted by kristiee11 View Post
    Sounds good to me. But I was thinking, shouldn't i first concentrate on eating more and gaining a bit of fat, and THEN start working out?

    I think doing both quite stresses me out and I end up not doing any properly
    I wouldn't aim to gain fat. If you follow a properly structured routine and make sure you eat enough to support your activity level and calories burned you shouldn't have an issue. You don't want to find yourself in a situation where you've gained weight but added more body fat then you like, because now you have the issue of trying to trim excess fat. If your goal is to gain weight and you are already fairly lean and in good shape, weight training will only help you improve your physique by helping you add muscle as you gain weight not fat, and keeping you toned and lean.
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