I'm Too Skinny! How do I bulk up?

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   Posted 9/1/2009 2:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a 24 year old male. I'm six foot tall and weigh about 150 lbs. I don't consider myself anorexic or anything that severe, but I need some more meat on my bones. I've tended to be this thin since I was first started having symptoms of UC almost 7 years ago. I want to add maybe 15-20 lbs of muscle. How should I start? See a nutritionist? Has anyone else felt they were too thin and then done something about it?

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   Posted 9/1/2009 4:27 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you are right on track seeing a nutritionist or dietician at a hospital. That way they can help you knowing you have UC and some things do not agree with us at times. I would suggest meal supplements like Ensure or Boost in between if you can tolerate it with your UC. I tried with supplements but for me it made things worse because I tend to be very sensitive to certain things in food.
By the way, Welcome, Zach. Sorry that you have UC but you will find this a good board to be on and that you can ask anything about UC comfortably.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 4:41 AM (GMT -6)   
i always lose a little bit of weight when i'm in a flare...and i've always been thin anyway, so a few pounds makes a difference.  i try to supplement my regular eating habits by eating spoonfuls of nut butters (peanut, almond, sunflower) throughout the day.  ensure helps also.  but i would definitely start by seeing a dietitian, as they will be able to help you plan a weight-gain strategy that is healthy and works around any illness-related diet restrictions.  and, of course, make sure to exercise...specifically, strength training.  the only way to gain muscle is by exercising.  good luck...and keep us posted on your progress!!
- spinach/Sunflower seed diet - started 12/1/08
- daily multivitamin, fish oil pill; ocassionally - turmeric supplement, probiotics, aloe vera juice
- currently in remission!

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   Posted 9/1/2009 9:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Your best bet is to find a high calorie food that doesn't bother you, then eat a lot of it. Based on your age and weight, I wouldn't worry TOO much about healthy-vs-unhealthy foods, just stay away from foods that upset your colon. If you want to just add muscle, make sure to lift weights. Either way, you have to eat enough to gain fat to gain muscle (working out just ensures that a greater % of the excess calories become muscle instead of fat).
33 year old male
diagnosed severe pancolitis in 2004, unresponsive to all drugs
turned down recommendation to have j-pouch surgery
have been mostly symptom free since 2004 via diet modification (removed all carbs)

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   Posted 9/1/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey man, I am in the exact same boat you are. Why don't you read through the thread below. There's a couple of guys who know what they're talking about.

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Misses chocolate and ice cream...

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   Posted 9/1/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
hey, i used to weigh about 135 and now i'm 170. i can relate. in short-

1) protein smoothies (i use whey + yogurt + banana when i'm lifting) are your friend, and the yogurt (if it is live culture) is good for uc too!
2) work out with the big movements- squat, deadlift, bench, pull ups, etc. if you only do three things at the gym, squat, bench, and pullups!
3) to build muscle mass, you want to do less reps with more weight, to build tone, do more reps with less weight.

this is an oversimplification, but i don't want to write you a book. in short, eat more and pump iron if you want to be bigger, there is no easy way.

i have been a shrimp all my life and i did it believe me- YOU CAN DO IT!
pan colitis diagnosed in 2003

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   Posted 9/2/2009 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you to all that posted here. I'm going to see a nutritionist and maybe get a personal trainer for a while. I would really like to do this for myself!

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