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How can I gain weight (fat, not muscle) in a healthy way?

Commented on July 23, 2014
Created July 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

Maybe I'm asking the wrong people! But I'd love to gain some weight before my wedding day . I'm quite thin and bony (5'2 and 95 lbs), I'd like to get back to my pre-paleo weight of 110 lbs .... but i don't want to start eating junk again. I eat a lot, but can't seem to gain weight. I don't want to gain muscle.. I want a feminine/curvy look (which means more fat on my breasts, hips, thighs, and face ) I have six weeks.. What should I eat to gain weight?

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on July 23, 2014
at 05:34 PM

The pattern is there even if there's gaps in the data. Regardless, she's underweight.

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on July 23, 2014
at 04:12 PM

She says she wants to gain weight, that doesn't sound like an anorexic to me...most anorexics think they are already too fat, even when they are skinny. If she was anorexic, she would want to stay skinny. She says she eats a good amount but she just doesn't want to eat junk food, that sounds perfectly reasonable. I don't know where you're pulling out that "Eating Disorder" diagnosis from. Seems overly speculative.

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on July 23, 2014
at 04:02 PM

Ok, I reread her post… I'm more convinced. The language reads like every other post like it.

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on July 23, 2014
at 02:04 PM

She comes across as "quacky" if that makes any sense... with her talk of magic this, sacred that, traditional something or other...plus her bizarre fetish with raw milk, it's just too much.

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on July 23, 2014
at 02:00 PM

I love olive oil too, but Sally Fallon is not the brightest when it comes to nutrition....

I consume about a half to full cup of olive oil per day, I still only weigh 145 lbs, regardless of the amount of olive oil I take in...it's not very good for weight gain, so I don't know why she should smear it by saying olive oil is fattening. Bread and milk on the other hand, now that's a different story.

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on July 23, 2014
at 01:24 PM

Yar, putting on WAPF or Paleo blinders on isn't a good idea. Heck, tell me why buying into 100-year old hypotheses made by a dentist is a good idea? Of course, I like olive oil, so I'm ok if Fallon recommends that.

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on July 23, 2014
at 12:42 PM

Yeah my GF is 5'3" and 105 and she's by no means underweight....I guess most Americans just have a different definition of normal than the rest of the world.

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on July 23, 2014
at 12:39 PM

Because Sally Fallon is an idiot....she should lay off that sourdough and milk, she's looking very tubby lately.

"Raw milk is a magic food, and we are hear to defend that magic food" - Sally Fallon

"Magic food" lol, I wouldn't go to Sally for my nutritional advice, just saying.

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on July 23, 2014
at 12:32 PM

But now you're just making up stuff about her without any proof....well, then while we at it, why don't we throw in that she smokes two packs of cigarettes a day, does meth, and cuts herself, in addition to the anorexia.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on July 22, 2014
at 09:55 PM

Underweight + female + went paleo… usually means ED. It's like a broken record on here.

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on July 22, 2014
at 08:48 PM

That being said, the OP probably doesn't have much of an appetite compared to most people, even if she says she eats a lot (not a reliable indicator), which is probably why she is underweight. However, I don't see any benefit in someone gaining weight purely for aesthetic reasons. If it's not broken, then there's nothing to fix. If she was medically diagnosed as malnourished, then that would be a different story, in that case I would say "eat up".

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on July 22, 2014
at 08:40 PM

I agree, I think the BMI is spot on for the vast majority of people actually. What makes me laugh is how many (visibly fat) people complain that it is a bad measure because if you're a 6'2" 275 lb bodybuilder with 0.004512% body fat it says your obese and because of that it should be banned....yeah right, because we have a bodybuilder epidemic?? Come on. People will delude themselves just to feel better about being fat.

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on July 22, 2014
at 07:20 PM

BMI is a measurement, and the cutoffs are set to apply to the general population quite well. I know folks want to think their BMI isn't important and shouldn't apply to them, but it does 99% of the time.

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on July 22, 2014
at 01:40 PM

Purely from looking at the BMI, I agree she is underweight, but it depends on her build too, some folks have a more slender frame naturally. She definitely shouldn't restrict her eating or limit her quantities, but forcing herself to eat beyond the point of satiety doesn't sound too healthy either.....unless she's at a buffet, anything goes when you're in a buffet.

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on July 22, 2014
at 01:22 PM

At BMI of 17-something, she's actually unhealthy being so lean. 10 pounds of fat would be a good start.

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on July 22, 2014
at 01:21 PM

Pretty far outside the norm though…

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on July 22, 2014
at 12:59 PM

Yeah I agree, we do need some fat to live. But the OP stated that she already eats a lot, so she doesn't seem to be starving, so at this point any additional fat she puts on would be excessive for her.

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on July 22, 2014
at 03:42 AM

fat is healthy stuff...unless it's excess fat. we need it to live

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on July 22, 2014
at 03:04 AM

My wife was 5' 3-1/2" & 103 when I met her in college.... 18 on the button. It is possible.

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on July 21, 2014
at 07:59 PM

I'd be weary of somebody claiming be naturally under a BMI of 18.

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on July 21, 2014
at 04:28 PM

This question is a contradiction, if you want to get fat, that is not healthy. Maybe what you meant is "how can I get fat while causing the least possible damage". There is no way to tell your body to send its fat to a specific place, it all depends on your genetics. If you're lucky it'll go to the nicer and more feminine areas, if not you'll just get a potbelly. You might not want to be walking around with a protruding potbelly at your wedding.

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on July 23, 2014
at 06:09 AM

Sally Fallon of WAPF would say to consume more olive oil.

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on July 23, 2014
at 12:39 PM

Because Sally Fallon is an idiot....she should lay off that sourdough and milk, she's looking very tubby lately.

"Raw milk is a magic food, and we are hear to defend that magic food" - Sally Fallon

"Magic food" lol, I wouldn't go to Sally for my nutritional advice, just saying.

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on July 20, 2014
at 05:12 PM

As per @raydawg answer hyperpalatable SAD food carb/ratio 1:1 by weight (IIRC, the recipe for icing)

Here's something a bit further from SAD. I think it will do the trick plus it's incredibly yummy! Hope you like chocolate, eggs, butter, sugar & cream. Recipe is flour / wheat free.

http://www.food.com/recipe/tyler-florences-chocola...

complete w/ caloric info but the stated serving size is a bit large (4oz). The entire cake is close to 4000 caiories

add some berries and enjoy!

Good luck

Let us know how things turn out... keep track of what you eat & the results?

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on July 20, 2014
at 04:34 PM

Eat carbs and fats in a 1:1 ratio by weight. This is also the formula for hyperpalatable SAD foods. I'd add, eat these foods around the clock, at minimum every two hours so your insulin stays high. Easiest thing would be to make cakes with butter frosting, or mix ghee with honey.

I'm not sure that this can be healthy (certainly avoiding trans fats and industrial seed oils, and corn syrup is a start), but it's easy enough to (over)do.

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on July 20, 2014
at 03:24 PM

As I seem to put it on pretty easily I might be a good person to answer and even when I eat 100% meat/veg/fat/fish etc I don't lose it.

I find it very easy to eat 1000 calories of nuts and raisins for example at one sitting although I am off them at the moment as I want to lose 14 pounds.

One of my teenagers who is very very thin although has no eating disorder he is trying to put on weight at present and he is eating a friend cooked breakfast every day, then he has toast with peanut butter (I don't eat bread but he does). His lunch yesterday was two pork chops with a large baked potato with butter. He finds it hard to eat as much as I do whereas his non identical twin who is the muscled sporty one does not have the same issue of feeling full after not eating much. It sounds like you are similar to the slimmer twin.

So anyway my suggestion is very large baked potatoes with butter, 1000 calories a time of nuts and raisins, lots of big steaks with fat on them - all the stuff I love which is why I am not your weight

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on July 21, 2014
at 07:59 PM

I'd be weary of somebody claiming be naturally under a BMI of 18.

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