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Jeremy4848 04-19-2017 07:11 PM

6 Foot 1, 120lbs, help gaining weight?
Hi, I am a 20 year old male that weighs around 120lbs. I am extremely underweight for my height but can not seem to gain weight at all. I am sick of looking like a skeleton all the time but I don't know what to do to gain weight. My naturally high metabolism topped with Crohn disease makes it near impossible it seems. I am worried because my bmi is 15.83 which is severely underweight. I've been looking into weight gaining diets but I don't know where to start.

I should also add that I am severely allergic to peanuts So I can not eat anything with them or that may contain them, which makes it more challenging to find food to eat

JohnR41 06-08-2017 06:40 AM

Re: 6 Foot 1, 120lbs, help gaining weight?
You said you have a "naturally high metabolism" so I assume you don't have a thyroid issue but, other than that, I don't know why it would be naturally high.

Crohn's disease is the likely cause of your weight-loss. In that regard, here are two important facts: 1) Crohn's disease is caused by inflammation and 2) a wide variety of natural, whole plant-foods should prove to be anti-inflammatory.

What to avoid:

*Processed foods

*High-fat non-fiber foods

*Fried foods

Get fats and extra calories from raw, unsalted nuts and seeds, according to the serving size stated on the package. For example, raw almonds and walnuts; ground (milled) flaxseeds mixed into oatmeal. Avocados are a good source of fat and calories too.

Get your protein from legumes because legumes are a good source of fiber and you need all the fiber you can get. Try to get about 35 grams of fiber daily from natural, whole plant-foods. Your digestive system needs fiber in order to function properly. (Note: All plant foods contain some protein so it's not just protein from legumes, it's just that legumes provide more.)

Eat a variety of natural whole grains, possibly as much as 6 servings per day. This is another good source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Moderate exercise, like walking, should be of some help as well.

MSNik 07-26-2017 04:15 AM

Re: 6 Foot 1, 120lbs, help gaining weight?
Ask your Chron's doctor if they can recommend a nutritionist for you. You need professional assistance finding a diet plan which works for you. Dont start trying fad diets on your own; you dont know what the ingredients are or if they will hurt your health. Your doctor is your very best source of information on how to proceed with weight gain!

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