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Re: Please have some compassion for me!!!!

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Posted by Alan S. on December 06, 2000 at 10:35:37:

In Reply to: Please have some compassion for me!!!! posted by potato on December 05, 2000 at 22:11:36:

: Listen I know that I shouldnt even be on this board, but I am in need of help BAD. I am serious..I am way too thin, about 100 lbs....I should be about 125 for my ideal weight. I need weight desperately!! I tried eating junk foods, then i tried eating good nutritious foods, then I even tried supplements, and vitamins....nothing.....can someone please tell me what is up? I have fair appetite, and the only thing medically wrong is I am in perimenopause, and have slightly low thyroid.....please help!!! Thanks I need about 20 lbs and those are the hardest pounds I have ever tried to gain....

Question is, do you want to add 20 lbs of muscle or 20 lbs of fat? If it's muscle, then you need to ensure that you are getting the building blocks necessary for building muscle and that is the amino acids found in high protein foods (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.). Make sure that you are getting adequate protein (about 0.8 to 1.0 gms per pound of lean body mass per day if I remember correctly - go to and checkout the resources section for the protein calculator or get a copy of "Protein Power"). Off hand, I would say that you need a minimum of 25 gms per meal of protein. 1 egg or 1 oz of cheese or 1 oz of meat provides about 6 gms of protein. And you probably have a high metabolism, so additional good quality fats (saturated fats, butter, olive oil, nuts, etc.) in your diet would probably be beneficial (avoid partially hydrogenated vegetable oils and high polyunsaturated oils such as corn oil, cottonseed oil, etc.). Alan S.

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