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    Old 09-20-2005, 10:36 AM   #1
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    Weight Gain and the scale...


    I'm currently trying to gain weight and it's not as easy as you would think.
    I'm consuming a total of 3000 calories a day. I'm eating good foods and bad foods (junk food). I'm gaining about a 1/2 pound a day. Is this a normal rate of weight gain at that many calories? I figured my basal is between 1200-1300 calories since I'm 22 yrs. old, female, 5 ft. 1.5 in, and a medium frame. I'm at 112.5 and trying to reach 115.

    Another question...Can you gain weight and have it not show up on the scale? I guess you could call it gaining inches. I know you can lose inches and the scale might not move. I asked this question on another board and I never got a straight answer. Thanks!

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    Old 09-20-2005, 10:50 AM   #2
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    Re: Weight Gain and the scale...

    No, it's's EXTREMELY unhealthy.
    Watch the movie SUPERSIZE ME if you can!

    Old 09-20-2005, 03:56 PM   #3
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    Re: Weight Gain and the scale...

    1/2 a pound per day?! That's awfully fast! I think you're doing serious damage to your body by going to such extremes. Try increasing your calories by something like 300 a day.

    Old 09-21-2005, 07:04 AM   #4
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    Re: Weight Gain and the scale...

    Yes, you can gain inches but not pounds. That would mean replacing muscle (compact) by fat (more volume/"inches" per pound). It's very unlikely to happen.

    I agree with the advice to do weighttraining etc. Gaining muscle is a lot healthier than gaining fat.
    And half a pound per day is way to much! Slow is the way to go, it's a lot healthier.

    By the way, having that "time of the month" isn't always strictly related to how much you weigh. It might come back at less than 115lbs, or at more. All the more reason to gain weight slowly. Your body needs time to "get going" again. The last thing it needs is another "shock" by overeating heavily.

    Old 09-23-2005, 03:57 PM   #5
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    I just wanted to say, congrats on choosing to recover.
    Eating disorders take so much away.


    Old 09-26-2005, 07:30 AM   #6
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    Re: Weight Gain and the scale...

    Thanks Kathrin74!

    On Saturday, my period returned. I was about 115.5. I'm back down to 112 and have decided to stay at that weight unless it doesn't come back again.

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