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How can I put more weight on my body?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 02, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Hi everyone and thank you in advance for the help. About 4 months ago, I was eating an average American diet and all of the horrible things that it includes. I had some body fat to lose but I was comfortably wearing size medium clothes and I was not a large guy. I have been strict with my diet ever since the day I started eating Paleo and I havent messed up or cheated at all. I went from never being hungry prior to becoming Paleo (like maybe a meal in a day) and now I am ALWAYS hungry. I eat alot of meat now and I find that I actually crave meat (like an animal) more and more as I continue eating Paleo. The reason I am looking for help from the community is because I keep loosing weight and I am not trying to. I went from 167 lbs area to 139 lbs as of yesterday (08-01-13). As you can see, I wasnt very big to begin with and now I think I am way underweight for a 5 foot 10 in tall, 24 year old man. My Doctor has no idea why I would be losing so much weight so quickly and I feel fatigued and out of shape so I really need to figure this out. I guess the real question is this. Does this kind of drop in body weight seem normal for an average build person to experience when first switching to a Paleo lifestyle or should I be worried?

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

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on August 06, 2013
at 01:41 AM

I struggled with constipation as a vegitarian and still a little bit now. though it has gotten alot better since going paleo. I notice that dinners with a high amount of meat/nuts to low amount of veggies usally lead to some blockage the next day. I still eat a lot of meat for dinner on a heavy work out day but i try to up the veggies in relation

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on August 05, 2013
at 12:01 PM

My doctor did blood work on me last friday (8/2/13) and I am waiting for the results to come back which hopefully will be today. I've had blood work done pretty regularly over the past 2 years and theyve never had any concern of T1 Diabetes before but thats not to say it isnt possible. Im also hypothyroid and on 50 mcg of synthroid and the only reason I didnt get into that in my initial question is because the Doctor said that my diet change would absolutely not affect my thyroid enough to worry about it. Thank you very much for the advice, I'll ask about parasites when I see my Dr.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Actually this sounds like it could be the case imo. Im looking into this now. Thank you for the direction.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:52 AM

Hi and thanks for the input. Actually, the weight loss and increased appetite do happen to be tied to constipation. Now I'm worried. Lately I have been having a noisy and at rare times painful gas and I dont normally feel that way at all. I do eat very regularly and each day I'm getting hungrier and hungrier and with that I am eating more but I am still losing weight rather quickly. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

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on August 05, 2013
at 11:49 AM

I mentioned meat like that only because I find myself craving it similar to how my friends and people around me crave sweets like chocolate and ice cream and so I'm eating alot of it and its probably not important. A regular day for me looks like this. My meals always have a meat source and a plate full of veggies and I try to only eat fruit during times of exercise and I do work outside in the heat here in Florida everyday so maybe I should be eating for a more athletic lifestyle? The only problem is that I can only find things for paleo and endurance athletes. Thanks for your input!

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on August 03, 2013
at 06:11 PM

Are you eating enough carbs? If not, that would explain weight loss and fatigue.

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on August 02, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I eat consistently between 3k and 4k kcal per day just to maintain. I don't count on a daily basis, but eat when I am hungry. There are occasions though when I will feel hungry and eat an entire jar of almond butter (2400 kcal) in addition to my meals that day.

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I'm glad you're recovering nicely Sean, I find beans and rice help me gain solid weight. I had to cut back on the white potatoes because of the gut I started to develop , lol.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:23 PM

I need 3,000 calories per day to maintain, but I don't really count calories anymore. I just eat food I enjoy and it's usually large meals. I don't stuff myself anymore like that though even though my meals are ballparked at least 700 calories - 1500 at any given meal. I make sure to get my fiber and my vegetables to go along with my meats and to slow the digestion of the glucose in my food. I exercise daily and top most meals with some cheese to balance calcium:phosphorus ratios that can get out of whack on a high meat diet.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:20 PM

Yep, at my lowest I was only at a bmi of 18.1 but lack of food was the issue for me too. I'm tall so I think I learned to eat the same amount smaller people ate and was chronically underfed. Once I started eating more I went way overboard and got up to 215 at my highest. Then I decided to lean out a bit and cut back on the peeled white potatoes. I'm 190 right now. But food is absolutely key, at my peak for weeks on end I was hitting 5,000-7,000 calories per day. I stopped eating that much when I literally threw up in my sleep two nights in a row from stuffing myself too much.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Yea that's true, it could be type 1 Diabetes also. Honestly, the first think I'd recommend is more carbs. Then I'd recommend more food. Then I'd recommend get tested for T1D, then get tested for parasites, pretty much in order of likely-hood imo. I'm thinking pat is doing low carb and possibly lower fat with just high protein which might account for his experience. The only reason I'd choose diet as a cause over t1d is because he said it occurred upon switching diets.

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on August 02, 2013
at 04:09 PM

It also could be Type 1 diabetes (I was already very lean but I lost 20 lbs in one week). Something is definitely wrong.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on August 02, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I agree wit Matt or Big Worm, that much weight lost suddenly could either be rabbit starvation or parasites. Or maybe you just respond poorly to low carb diets.

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B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on August 02, 2013
at 02:27 PM

I am a 26 year old male. i was 'tryin" to gain for months. but i was not being realistic about my food intake. I thought i was eating alot i told people i was eating alot... but i really wasnt if you did the numbers. It was only when i got VERY realistic about the amount i need to eat to gain weight that i began to see results

There are a lot of flaws to BMI butit can be a helpful bench mark. yours is 19.9. this is on the lean end of healthy, mine is 18.6 right now, but there was a day when i was 16.2.

I started eating more carbs carbs, fruit and taters the paleo tried and true. I get a super full feeling with to much tater, so eat alittle at lunch and a big one for dinner after the days activities are through.

Also how is your digestion, if the weightloss is tried to chronic diarrhoea that is worrysome (i had this problem, had to ask)

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 04:24 PM

I'm glad you're recovering nicely Sean, I find beans and rice help me gain solid weight. I had to cut back on the white potatoes because of the gut I started to develop , lol.

C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 02, 2013
at 05:05 PM

I eat consistently between 3k and 4k kcal per day just to maintain. I don't count on a daily basis, but eat when I am hungry. There are occasions though when I will feel hungry and eat an entire jar of almond butter (2400 kcal) in addition to my meals that day.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 04:20 PM

Yep, at my lowest I was only at a bmi of 18.1 but lack of food was the issue for me too. I'm tall so I think I learned to eat the same amount smaller people ate and was chronically underfed. Once I started eating more I went way overboard and got up to 215 at my highest. Then I decided to lean out a bit and cut back on the peeled white potatoes. I'm 190 right now. But food is absolutely key, at my peak for weeks on end I was hitting 5,000-7,000 calories per day. I stopped eating that much when I literally threw up in my sleep two nights in a row from stuffing myself too much.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 04:23 PM

I need 3,000 calories per day to maintain, but I don't really count calories anymore. I just eat food I enjoy and it's usually large meals. I don't stuff myself anymore like that though even though my meals are ballparked at least 700 calories - 1500 at any given meal. I make sure to get my fiber and my vegetables to go along with my meats and to slow the digestion of the glucose in my food. I exercise daily and top most meals with some cheese to balance calcium:phosphorus ratios that can get out of whack on a high meat diet.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

(5)

on August 05, 2013
at 11:52 AM

Hi and thanks for the input. Actually, the weight loss and increased appetite do happen to be tied to constipation. Now I'm worried. Lately I have been having a noisy and at rare times painful gas and I dont normally feel that way at all. I do eat very regularly and each day I'm getting hungrier and hungrier and with that I am eating more but I am still losing weight rather quickly. Thanks so much for your thoughts.

B5141236ad924674a96803ee1ccccaf1

(485)

on August 06, 2013
at 01:41 AM

I struggled with constipation as a vegitarian and still a little bit now. though it has gotten alot better since going paleo. I notice that dinners with a high amount of meat/nuts to low amount of veggies usally lead to some blockage the next day. I still eat a lot of meat for dinner on a heavy work out day but i try to up the veggies in relation

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C45d7e96acd83d3a6f58193dbc140e86

on August 02, 2013
at 12:43 PM

You referenced meat. What else are you eating? I recommend eating about half your plate with healthy meats, and half with some form of veggies, such as butternut squash, broccoli, kale, asparagus, zucchini, etc. Then I cook everything in either butter, coconut oil, or bacon grease. Doing that will give you ample energy and nutrition to fuel your body. If you are doing a VLC version of Paleo, then you would expect to lose 5-10 lbs just from water weight and glycogen depletion.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

(5)

on August 05, 2013
at 11:49 AM

I mentioned meat like that only because I find myself craving it similar to how my friends and people around me crave sweets like chocolate and ice cream and so I'm eating alot of it and its probably not important. A regular day for me looks like this. My meals always have a meat source and a plate full of veggies and I try to only eat fruit during times of exercise and I do work outside in the heat here in Florida everyday so maybe I should be eating for a more athletic lifestyle? The only problem is that I can only find things for paleo and endurance athletes. Thanks for your input!

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on August 02, 2013
at 12:57 PM

Eat some plants, some carbs. You're likely starving yourself on a meat-only diet. What you describe sounds like rabbit starvation. Hard to pull off but it sounds like you might have done it.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

(5)

on August 05, 2013
at 11:55 AM

Actually this sounds like it could be the case imo. Im looking into this now. Thank you for the direction.

1
Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 12:42 PM

An unexpected 30 pound drop would concern me for sure.

211d4075d68b24cd0aa7ebfa94262bb9

on August 02, 2013
at 04:09 PM

It also could be Type 1 diabetes (I was already very lean but I lost 20 lbs in one week). Something is definitely wrong.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 01:38 PM

I agree wit Matt or Big Worm, that much weight lost suddenly could either be rabbit starvation or parasites. Or maybe you just respond poorly to low carb diets.

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on August 02, 2013
at 04:16 PM

Yea that's true, it could be type 1 Diabetes also. Honestly, the first think I'd recommend is more carbs. Then I'd recommend more food. Then I'd recommend get tested for T1D, then get tested for parasites, pretty much in order of likely-hood imo. I'm thinking pat is doing low carb and possibly lower fat with just high protein which might account for his experience. The only reason I'd choose diet as a cause over t1d is because he said it occurred upon switching diets.

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235e74b9adb57eff80592f064e1d298b

on August 02, 2013
at 01:02 PM

Did your doctor do any blood work on you... the reason I ask is you may have picked up a parasite somewhere along the way. The rapid weight loss, being hungry all the time and the fatigue all signs that could mean parasites in your system. Have blood work done and stool sample checked out immediately to be on the safe side. If all comes back good then just add more fats and starches to your diet. Fruit will help to but too much fructose could be problematic for you.

Try frying your foods in Coconut Oil, drink Coconut water in place of plain water, sweet potatoes are excellent, use real butter whenever possible and add Coconut milk and Coconut cream to your diet.

1a8d2528a05b663a92128fe467eed533

(5)

on August 05, 2013
at 12:01 PM

My doctor did blood work on me last friday (8/2/13) and I am waiting for the results to come back which hopefully will be today. I've had blood work done pretty regularly over the past 2 years and theyve never had any concern of T1 Diabetes before but thats not to say it isnt possible. Im also hypothyroid and on 50 mcg of synthroid and the only reason I didnt get into that in my initial question is because the Doctor said that my diet change would absolutely not affect my thyroid enough to worry about it. Thank you very much for the advice, I'll ask about parasites when I see my Dr.

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