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You'll gain more than you'll lose

You'll gain more than you'll lose

It's an age old tale:

Girl gets hooked on drugs and checks into rehab. Girl gets clean and gains weight. Girl loses weight and just can't figure out how to gain it back. Girl checks back into rehab and rumors spread like wildfire about girl having a gastric bypass surgery reversal.

OK, so maybe it's not age old but it's definitely a tale worth noting.

For all those out there having issues gaining weight, it would be easy for everyone else to say, "Oh, go eat a donut already!" But sometimes it is just not that easy, so for some healthy tips on how to put weight on safely,

A good rule of thumb is adding 3500 calories to your diet over the course of a week is equivalent to gaining one pound. (Gaining more than one pound a week can be detrimental to your health.)

Say you are like Nicole and about 5'2" and 25 years old with a small build, an ideal weight should be at or around 108-121 lbs. This means that ideally you should be eating somewhere around 1600-2000 calories per day, depending on your activity level. One way to put some pounds on would be to add about 500 calories per day to your daily caloric intake (bringing you to the additional 3500 a week). The key to safe weight gain is doing it in a healthy way. For example, you could eat several Krispie Creams and get to your 500 calorie goal rather quickly, but then you may be looking at some health risks down the line (high cholesterol, etc).

Fit's tip: Raw nuts and fruit juices are a great way to get more calories in a healthy way.

And, like Nicole, always consult your doctor before beginning a new diet.


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dead_swanky dead_swanky 10 years
Dead_Swanky I would like to know how to find my BMI and what a healthy weight for my height is I am 5'5, if anyone knows of anyplace i could get this info - i would be thankful!!! Oh and happy thansgiving (early)
The-New-Black The-New-Black 10 years
Avocadoes are really good as well for healthy fat. As are salmon and other 'fat' types of fish.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
BlondeSugar, your welcome. :)
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
OK that should be good enough for what I want it for anyway. Thanks again, so much BeachBarbie!
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
BlondeSugar, I just found it. Unfortunately, it doesn't figure in build...small, medium, big. :( But, it will give you something to check out. :) I'm pming it to you now. :)
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Thanks BeachBarbie! I did that once and know my BMI was low, but it wouldn't hurt to try it again. I think it would be interesting to know the healthy range for my height and see where I stand
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
FitSugar, thanks for the tip. BlondeSugar, I'll pm you a link for the BMI calculator. You just enter in your height, and weight, it tells you what your BMI (body mass index) is. It also, tells you what your healthy weight, according to your stature is. It gives you a healthy low weight and high weight. I'll find it, and pm it to you the link. :)
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
If 108-121 is a healthy weight for someone who is 5'2", what is a healthy weight for someone who is 5'10"?
dedelew dedelew 10 years
Thanks for writing this article. My build is similar to Nicole Richie's and I'm trying to gain wait to prepare for having a baby. It's not easy because there is so little information out there. Right now I'm estimating that I'm around 15% body fat (maybe less), and I want to get up to 20%. I'm going to run out and get some nuts. Any other sources of good fat?
kevindineen kevindineen 10 years
nutrient-rich, calorie-dense foods. snack on jerky, dried fruits, nuts, and crackers with cheese or peanut butter Eggs, chicken (on bone with skin) start lifting weights, as muscle is heavier than fat. Start drinking beer, dark beer. :)
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