Any tips for gaining weight?

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2007 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I was wondering if anyone has tips for gaining weight? I have IBS and I wake up every morning nauseous and have to go to the bathroom asap, and my nausea makes me unable to eat until around noon, when it dies down. I have lunch and dinner every day, along with whatever snacks I can fit in between meals. Every meal is followed by a bathroom run.
I've tried a lot of supplements, including weight gaining powder (add to milk in blender), Betaine HCL, Thorne Research Omega Plus fatty acid supplement (fish juice), ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops (sea water, mix with reg. water), and none of them seem to help me gain weight.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I've also tried basic dietary additions, such as adding cheese to everything and calorie loading, but it seems like the more I eat, the more I'm in the bathroom. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Greatly appreciated

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 10/15/2007 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   


I haven't any real suggestions for you at this point but I really do feel your plight. I have struggled for all my life to gain weight and since I developed anxiety & IBS it really has become a fight to even maintain what little I carry let alone gain any. Of course IBS really does complicate the problem further as it restricts what you are able to eat and how much. I think the first thing you need to do is work out which foods are triggering your IBS attacks ... sadly for me I've found that for me, most of those are the most fattening, weight gaining foods. And for IBS sufferers cheese can be one of the worst things! I know several years ago when I could still get away with it, cheese, eaten on toast at night helped me reach my highest weight ever!

Last year when I lost alot through a bereavement I started to eat porridge oats every day for either one meal or an extra and this did help me put on a few pounds ... until a few months ago I discovered I was allergic to it ... bringing my weight plummeting once again. And so back to the starting line .... bread is always good to bulk up on if you can eat that ....

This last week I have noticed a little but sudden rise in weight and I can only put it down to the potato cakes I am making to eat every day (mashed potato, mixed with either tuna & peas or a mixture of vegetables ... rounded and flattened in to cakes and then grilled ) ... I have 3 large ones per meal, and with bread and butter if I can manage it and so far that really seems to be doing the trick.

Aside from that I am also learning not to force large meals down me ... helping me need to go to the bathroom a little less.

It does take that old devil called time to go round the houses and figure out what works for you. After all, we are all different  ... but I hope there is something in there that may be of some help, or give you a little hope.

Best of luck

Tizz :-)

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   Posted 10/15/2007 12:53 PM (GMT -7)   
We had one or two guys come on here complaining that they developed D after starting on protein powders--especially cheaper brands. I would suggest that you stay away from those, as they may make you worse. Also, Vitamin C can cause D in some people, so be careful with supplements not to get more than 100%.

Unfortunately fat is helpful for gaining weight, but often causes IBS problems in a lot of people. Also, sugar helps add on the pounds, but can not only be a trigger in some people, but it also usually comes with side effects, like hyperactivity, raising blood sugar, and creation of pure fat (not muscle).

Here's a thought for you, though: sumo wrestlers. They bulk up eating nothing but traditional Japanese meals, which include a lot of rice, soy, steamed veggies and fish. These things are all pretty safe for people with IBS to eat (although you may need to cook your veggies until quite soft to make them easier on your guts to digest). They just eat a LOT of that. Also, muscle weighs more than fat, so weight-bearing exercise will help you bulk up your muscles and gain weight without gaining fat. The funny thing is, despite their fat (no, not all of that is muscle), sumo wrestlers have been found to be quite healthy. In fact, they usually have less internal fat (fat around their hearts and livers--considered the most dangerous) than some people who are of normal weight according to the BMI! That must mean that their diets are really good for their bodies and that the exercise and training (including mental, such as meditation) they do are also good for their bodies.

Since you are worse in the morning (I know how that goes!), try eating lunch, supper and then have breakfast before bedtime. Plus your snacks. Also, have you tried calcium? Inape on here (Linda) did a bunch of reserch and found that Caltrate 600 w/ vitamin D has the most costipating side effect of all the calcium supplements (you can get it in generic at most drug stores), and that's quite helpful for people with D. It helped me out a lot when I first started taking it; it got me over a particularly bad spell. Also, try probiotics. If you've not had any in the past, start out with a yogurt (Activa or Stonefield) and work your way up to the supplements. They can cause a lot of gas and cramping, so you have to ease into them. But they work wonders for some people and give moderate relief to a number of others. I won't take antibiotics without them; they keep me from getting terrible.

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   Posted 10/15/2007 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
First off, thanks a bunch Tizz and Teriamon
I've been fiddling around with the types of foods that I'm eating, but unfortunately my university likes to add cheese, soy (allergic), etc. to all the meals here.
I haven't tried Caltrate 600w/ vitamind D, I'll have to talk to my doc and give it a shot
Tizz, that's a good call on the potato pancakes, I think it shouldn't be too hard to get a grill in my room and cook some of those up
I'll let you know how my new diet treats me =)
Thanks a bunch

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   Posted 10/15/2007 3:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I started having bowel problems not long after going to college. When I talked to my mother and told her I was having D everyday for no apparent reason, she asked me to list what all I was eating. Finally, she asked me if I was eating off the salad bar everyday. I said yes; it was a good salad bar! She said that a lot of pre-cut lettuces are washed in certain chemicals to keep them from going brown and they often cause D in people, especially when eaten that regularly. I stopped eating lettuce from the salad bar and my D went away! So be careful of salad bar lettuces and pre-cut lettuce in packages.
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