Emergency weight gaining help needed!

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm 20 years old and weigh in at 100 pounds on the dot. I have pretty severe IBS and I'm looking for weight gaining help.
I have edited my diet in many ways - I have cut dairy completely, I have cut alcohol, pork, citric acid, and tomato, among others. I eat every time I can possibly cram food in - chicken and rice seem to sit well.
I'm about to drop out of college due to my weight, and I'm resorting to these forums for emergency help. Are there any surgeries for gaining weight? I hate to be the guy who goes for this, but I've literally tried every method suggested (I've been internet hunting and trying different methods for years). Even the most suggested - cram calories and hit the gym for a few hours a day, had no effect. I've tried the alternative too, sitting around burning the least amount of calories possible while cramming food. Am I destined to be at a measly 100 pounds for life?
Any input is greatly appreciated!

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   Posted 11/21/2007 11:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Why do you need to drop out of college because of your low weight? Are you not physically able to handle getting around campus, or is it embarrassment? You shouldn't quit college out of embarrassment!

Have you been to a nutritionist? Depending on the size of your college, there may even be one on campus that you can see for free. You are worried about your weight, but if it seems that food just runs through you without stopping, then you may also have a vitamin/mineral deficiency. A doctor or nutritionist can help you with that problem. Sometimes you can gain or lose weight due to your vitamins and minerals being out of whack.

Also, have you studied the sumo wrestler's diet? They gain weight on fish, rice and vegetables--all very low fat stuff. How they gain the weight depends a lot on when they eat and how much. A friend said she had watched a documentary on it a whlie back and there was something about them getting up and doing all of this weight training first thing, then not eating until late afternoon--where they had a huge meal--then eating a huge meal again at supper, with no more activity for the day. Oddly enough, their fat is under the skin (subcutaneous), not around the organs (visceral), which is supposed to be much, much more healthy. In fact, there's some evidence that subcutaneous fat has no bearing on your health at all, unlike visceral fat.

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/21/2007 5:14 PM (GMT -6)   
You might want to get your thyroid checked. That is probably not something that has been done since you are so young. The other thing is malabsorbtion. Have you always been underweight or is this something new. I don't think there would be any surgeries but if there were I would happily transplant some of my fat to you. My cousin is now 75 and weighs about 110 and has for years and other than that is pretty active and healthy. I don't think he was ever over 145 and has had IBS or intestinal problems his whole life, goes constantly but he says ice cream actually helps him not to go. Are you allergic to dairy? If not you may not need to stop it and there are a lot of calories in dairy products like cheese. Some people just can't put on weight but a lot harder when it is a guy to deal with. Keep trying things but get a metabolic blood workup.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/23/2007 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Avacados are a high cal/fat food - help me with my intestinal issues too. Its a good fat for intestines. If your IBS is mostly diarrhea - maybe check out a probiotic - that will help with that, and if your intestines are doing better then, they will absorb more, and thus, you'll absorb more calories - That may be part of the problem, they are going right through you. You may want to look into getting a juicer - high cal. - high vit/min - easier to absorb. Hope you feel better - I had to drop out too at one time. Also, Things that seem "pre-digested" are also good to try for absorbtion, like soups and stews - make them from scratch OR make sure they don't have MSG (aka, yeast extract, etc...) which will hinder absorbtion. Just try to think of foods that you can imagine your intestines having to do the least work for. And make sure you cut the sugar and white flour - they may seem like quick easy calories - but they are actually making your intestinal issue worse. Good luck

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Date Joined Apr 2004
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   Posted 11/23/2007 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I lost 50 lbs before finally being dx with IBS diahrea.It's mostly under control now as long as I don't eat corn or greasy foods.I'm 134 now.I take Pamine Forte 5 mg a day & it does help me.

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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/23/2007 3:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a similar problem & it turned out to be hyperthyroid
. I also drank very high calorie drinks for people on chemo.
You can get these anywhere if you can tolerate them.
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