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Rarely hungry, having trouble gaining weight

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Hello! I've been paleo for about 9 months now, and every now and then, I have issues maintaining my weight. This has been an issue since before I started paleo, but paleo has made it more difficult, I think. I am fairly skinny at ~150 pounds and 6'. My weight fluctuates 145-165 depending on if I am working out/lifting/eating enough on a 2-4 month basis. Right now, I'm low and looking to drive it up.

The problem, though, is that I'm hardly ever hungry and can't seem to squeeze in enough calories in order to gain. I usually eat eggs and bacon for breakfast, some type of meat and vegetables for lunch, and then something similar/leftovers for dinner. I fight now to eat two meals a day. I've been a bit stressed lately, and fear my dinner fat-binges are keeping me full until lunch time the next day. I've been trying to add more carbs into my diets (100-150g+) to spike the hunger, but I've had no luck increasing it much. I've been desperately consuming up to 2 cans of coconut milk a day mixed with some fruit for some easy liquid calories.

What else can I do? I'm 20 years old, lightly active, and just want to add on some healthy weight. It feels like I'm stuffing my face all day long - way more than I ever have - and I know it doesn't need to be this complicated. It seems I've gained 2-3 pounds over the last week or so as I've been trying to eat more.

Any suggestions? Thank you!

EDIT: It only seems to be the mornings that I am having these issues. I get up 6:30 or 7:30, and then feel a bit nauseous for a few hours. By 11 or noon, I'm usually totally fine and the rest of the day goes well in terms of being able to eat.

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on February 12, 2013
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Ha, thanks for the response, Tom. I'm trying not to get all wrapped up in it, but it can be a bit disconcerting to hop on the scale (as I must to double check I'm maintaining my weight) and realize I've accidentally dropped 12 pounds over the last 2 months! Whoops! I know it's a blessing in disguise, but it's not a problem anyone wants to have! It brings about its own respective concerns compared to those trying to lose. I suppose it could be worse, eh? I'll get back to lifting big. Also - no other worrying symptoms. Thyroid is all good. Thanks again!

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:41 PM

Michael, my advice is: a) don't sweat it, and b) count your blessings! I would love to be slim and faced with the challenge of packing on weight - not many people have this problem!

You sound perfectly healthy, so I wouldn't worry about adding weight arbitrarily. But if you really want to bulk up a bit, just get to the gym, get lifting big and then eating big afterwards! And as you say, add in natural carbs (particularly after lifting sessions).

This is presuming you don't have any other worrying symptom to suggest some disease! Being hot all the time/getting palpitations/having slightly protruding eyes might indicate a hyperthyroid state. But if there's nothing else that sticks out to you as odd, you're probably fine.

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on February 12, 2013
at 03:55 PM

Ha, thanks for the response, Tom. I'm trying not to get all wrapped up in it, but it can be a bit disconcerting to hop on the scale (as I must to double check I'm maintaining my weight) and realize I've accidentally dropped 12 pounds over the last 2 months! Whoops! I know it's a blessing in disguise, but it's not a problem anyone wants to have! It brings about its own respective concerns compared to those trying to lose. I suppose it could be worse, eh? I'll get back to lifting big. Also - no other worrying symptoms. Thyroid is all good. Thanks again!

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on March 12, 2013
at 11:36 PM

I was pretty much in your shoes a few years ago. At age 23, I weighed right around 150 (5'11"). I had been lifting for about a year or so at that point. That summer (2009) I made a concerted effort to bulk up. I gained a good 10 pounds or so over about 2 months. I had to kinda force feed myself to maintain that weight, but over time it more or less became my new setpoint so that I no longer felt like I was stuffing myself every day.

After a year or so of maintaining, I made another effort to bulk up, this time using Leangains principles (loads of carbs on workout days, lower carbs and cals on rest days). It worked great. I gained about another 10 pounds, mostly muscle. I have more or less maintained my weight since then so I now weigh about 170-175.

tl;dr Get on a weight training program that uses progressive overload on big compound lifts (squats, deadlifts, weighted chins, and overhead press are my favorites) and eat enough so that you are gaining weight consistently each week. And don't be afraid of carbs.

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on April 24, 2013
at 03:55 AM

I recommend you consume at least one of these each day:

Bo'switch ultimate weight gain shake ;)

1 Can coconut milk 2 scoops protein powder 2 raw egg yolks 100g white rice flour

Also, its sounds old school, but keep a calorie log. Log yourself for a few days to find an average, and then up the intake ~500 calories.

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on March 27, 2013
at 03:17 AM

If you want to gain you have to realize that hunger is irrelevant. Hunger is a message to your body that (ideally) pertains to whether you have enough fuel to efficiently operate the body you currently have. Period.

You need to gorge on protein. Preferably the types of protein that are naturally composed to promote rapid growth... eggs and milk. Lots and lots of em added to whatever balanced diet you already eat.

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