Gaining Weight

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Sallen
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/2/2008 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, i was wondering if anybody had any tips for putting on weight (and muscle)

Im 23years old and have had crohns since i was 17, had an op at 18. im 6ft and weigh 114lbs/8stone/52kg, so im very slim. Obviously i dont expect to get big and stocky but i'd love to not look so malnurished hehe. Appearence is half the issue (important tho, as its a big factor in my mental health) but i think if i had more weight on me i'd also have more energy, i can only work part time cause im left quite tired.

Im useless with a diet, i dont know what to eat, i know i should try to eat little and often though. I'm keen to do some weight training and cardio too, any advice will be apprieciated.

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
exercise. it increases metabolism, energy levels, and appetite. eat 4 small meals per day plus snacks. so basically you should be eating like every 2 hours. drink water but between meals. sip it all day. you dont need to do protein shakes and bars and all those gimmicks. if you eat correctly (ie no processed and refined foods) you should be ok. you want to eat calorie dense foods but at the same time you dont empty calorie foods. you still want nutrient dense foods. carbs are quick energy, but they, like protein, only have 4 calories per gram. fat has 9 calories per gram. you can eat fat and be fine. the whole fat thing is a myth and you've been lied to. empty carbs are the problem with obesity and all the other diseases, hence stay away from them. fat doesnt make you fat. it is the unused calories that make you fat. but if you want to gain weight, you want muscle, not fat. and you can only get that by working out. dont count calories. dont even look at it. count portion size. dont worry about the scale. pay attention to what you look like in the mirror.

anaerobic training (ie weights) is better than aerobic (ie cardio - running, stairmaster). if you dont want to do weights, then do yoga or pilates. work out like 3-4 times per week for like 30-60 min each time. if you want to know how to use weights, go to http://www.t-nation.com. my brother, who is my personal trainer, highly recommends this site. it also talks about nutrition there as well. perhaps set up an acct there and ask this question on their board. the people there are very helpful.

that is quite a lot, but it is also just the bare basics with a lot of gaps left for you to fill in, but it should get you started. best of luck!
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Sallen
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/2/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for the reply :), i'll certainly check the site, im very up for using weights, i got myself a dumbbell set which has only got dusty over the years hehe.

I take your point about not worrying about scales, its a good point. As long as im gaining energy and looking better im more then happy. how do i know what are calorie dense and what are not?

CrazyHarry
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 9/2/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
most processed/refined/grain based foods are empty calories (ie bleached white flour). nutrient dense foods are fruits, vegetables, and lean protein. for grains/carbs, i suggest sprouted grains (whole grains at worst). quinoa is a good substitute for rice and is gluten free. if you can tolerate beans, they are good too, but stay away from soy - that is not a health food. eat low/moderate glycemic foods.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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