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A woman wanting to gain weight...

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 28, 2013 at 1:09 PM

5'6, currently 115 pounds. I hike for an hour every day, and do pull-ups, chin-ups every day. That's about it.

My diet is structured around Paleo- but I do eat loads of veggies, fruit, dried fruit, nuts, and legumes (tofu and peanut butter, because I really don't think legumes are evil). I also cheat on the weekends and eat potatoes, cheese, Starbuck's mochas, cheesecake, pizza, chocolate Cadbury eggs, you name it...

My boyfriend is worried about me. He says if I lose anymore weight he'll be worried. I personally would like to regain weight so that I have my boobs and bum back.

I can eat an entire chicken in one sitting (and do). I eat about 8-12 cups of veggies a day. I eat about 10 serving of fruit. I eat about 2-3 cups of nuts a day. I eat about 4-6 chicken breasts a day, or a mixture of eating chicken and cans of tuna fish, or fillets of salmon, or i eat about 2 blocks of tofu... it depends on the day. I eat a lot. I feel like I don't stop eating. I need help to regain weight, because right now I'm 1) broke from eating like this, and 2) am about to return to eating grains...

Thoughts guys?

Edit: I do not have an eating disorder, nor do I have any thyroid problems, or leaky gut, etc.

I'm wondering if I add more fats- mostly from nuts, if will regain weight in the right places? Rather than start eating unhealthy fats or grains... (which I already do on the weekends)

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on March 01, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Thank you Bitt!

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on March 01, 2013
at 12:45 PM

Yesterday, I ate a container of greek yogurt for breakfast, a huge salad with lettuce, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, peas, cheese, some beans and a couple hardboiled eggs and italian dressing for lunch. For dinner I had 6 oz of steak with a baked potato and small salad (similar ingredients as lunch). I ran 3 miles (of interval type stuff) and did 30 minutes of weight lifting. Thats pretty normal for me when I am trying to maintain weight.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:52 PM

I don't binge on the weekend. I just like to eat what other people have. I never "binge". I just eat until I'm full. And yes, seriously two blocks of tofu... They come in 450g blocks here. I'll add steaks in :)

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:34 PM

And will do, Karen. It probably has something to do with being in my 20s and having a fast metabolism... When I was pregnant as a vegan I hit 145. That's the highest I've ever been. Usually, I'm always between 118-124. Maybe 126 max- if I've been eating junk like soy ice cream.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I am definitely getting a ton of carbs. As for my cheat weekends, I need them. Not because I can't be 100% Paleo- I've been a gluten free vegan (4 years, vegan for 8 years), and a raw vegan (2 years, years ago)- both at 100%, I know restrictive diets well. I like my cheat weekends because I have been on restrictive diets for so long. It's kind of nice to pretend to be "normal" once in awhile.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:29 PM

I was thin before. Always have been. Even when I was on SAD as a teenager. As a vegan, I was heavier. Never really ate junk as a vegan or gluten-free vegan, except maybe soy ice cream sometimes or Almond Dream. lol. When I was eating that, I was between 118-124? ANd I was eating a TON of avocado sushi then as well, enough of that that most if the time when I ordered they thought I was ordering for 3 people... lol I didn't even think about that... But yes, then I wasn't even exercising... so this makes sense!! THANK YOU!!!

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I had an incredible metabolism like that in my teens and '20s. (gawd do I miss it now!) and stayed at exactly 107 pounds (5'5") consistently except when pregnant. It was a freaky source of amazement to all. So I can understand how that can happen. What concerns me is the indication that you might be losing weight. If that's not it and your boyfriend is just worrying that you MIGHT lose weight, don't worry, be happy about your metabolism. Be aware though that it rarely lasts. )-; Build up the best food habits possible now.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:16 PM

the nuts (too much omega-6), trimming down the fruit (that's an awful lot of fructose), eating fattier meats, skipping the tofu, and adding some healthy starches like the sweet potatoes. IMO an occasional treat like that is hardly going to kill you (it would probably make someone like me totally ill) but all of that every weekend won't lead anywhere good in the end.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on February 28, 2013
at 08:13 PM

Paleo isn't about the carb/fat/protein ratios. Lower carb usually comes with paleo because a lot of common carb sources (such as "Starbuck's mochas, cheesecake, pizza, chocolate Cadbury eggs" get cut out of the diet because they are not good for your health. But carbs from healthy sources are not necessarily a problem for healthy lean people. It sounds like you eat PLENTY of carbs with the huge amount of fruit. However, I've tried putting your report food intake into cronometer and the numbers aren't coming out as reported. Without knowing any thing else, I'd try cutting down

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Haven't breastfed since August. Would you mind posting what you eat in a day Britt?

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

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on February 28, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Well, as long as you're healthy and the foods you eat are good for YOU, no worries. Other than rice, all the starch options I listed are paleo-friendly. You don't have to eat low carb to be paleo. Especially if you're trying to GAIN weight. If you'd rather create a surplus via increased fat intake, you could do that too. Coconut oil "chocolates" are my personal favorite for that. Side note: it seems like you eat a TON of protein. This is great for getting leaner and building muscle, not so much for gaining fat.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on February 28, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Well, as long as you're healthy and the foods you eat are good for YOU, no worries. Other than rice, all the starch options I listed are paleo-friendly. You don't have to eat low carb to be paleo. Especially if you're trying to GAIN weight. If you'd rather create a surplus via increased fat intake, you could do that too. Coconut oil "chocolates" are my personal favorite for that. Side note: it seems like you eat a TON of protein. This is great for getting leaner and building muscle, not so much for gaining fat.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

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on February 28, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Sounds like I wouldn't even being eating close to paleo if I did that... combined with my already eating legumes.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:13 PM

As for the acne... still hanging around. No cystic acne since I don't eat eggs anymore. But still acne on jawline.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:12 PM

And yes, wanted to remain at 119 pounds. Now since I lost weight, and gained more muscle, I look smaller... I think that's why my boyfriend is cornered. Also... My boobs don't look so great...

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:10 PM

Was a gluten-free-vegan for 4 years before paleo. No leaky gut. Have only reintroduced them now that I'm on paleo. Yesterday: Stirfy- 2 bell peppers, 20 cherry tomatoes, 4 cups of bok choy cooked, 300g tofu 4 bananas, 4 tablespoons of peanut butter 1 apple 14 walnuts 30 almonds 4 chicken breasts Sardines in oil from can 2 oranges

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Also have been tracking on cronometer. Averaging between 2000 and 4000 calories daily.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Definitely do not have an eating disorder. Thyroid levels are normal.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:04 PM

Have seen a DR. DR says I'm normal...

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

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on February 28, 2013
at 01:32 PM

Have you seen a doctor? If you actually are eating that much per day and losing weight, there is a problem. You should track your intake in Fitday, cronometer or some other tracking program so that you have actual numbers to show the doc.

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26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

on February 28, 2013
at 07:43 PM

Some women just seem to get very slim on this diet. I'd love to be your weight, I can't get over 105 (and this is the heaviest I've ever been, thanks to paleo-style eating). I eat a ridiculous amount, twice what some women 20+ lbs heavier than me eat. Oh well.

My guess - you've always been naturally thin and a fairly big eater. But eating more junk and lotsa carbs before, and doing less targeted exercise, allowed you to be a few pounds heavier, and to have higher bodyfat so you were curvier. 115 is probably a perfectly healthy and natural weight for you, though of course that's far from true for most women.

If you really want to gain weight and boobs back, I'd start eating plenty of starches, combined with fat. You can do this paleo-style/less harmfully. My digestive issues keep me away from grains, specially whole grains, but I eat lots of white potatoes, sweet potatoes, white rice, bananas and yogurt for carbs to help me keep weight on.

If you aren't willing to do that, you will probably remain at your new thinner/leaner weight. But I assure you that carbs are not unhealthy for metabolically healthy, thin people.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:29 PM

I was thin before. Always have been. Even when I was on SAD as a teenager. As a vegan, I was heavier. Never really ate junk as a vegan or gluten-free vegan, except maybe soy ice cream sometimes or Almond Dream. lol. When I was eating that, I was between 118-124? ANd I was eating a TON of avocado sushi then as well, enough of that that most if the time when I ordered they thought I was ordering for 3 people... lol I didn't even think about that... But yes, then I wasn't even exercising... so this makes sense!! THANK YOU!!!

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:31 PM

Most of what you describe is lean protein, vegetables and fruit. Even in (self-perceived) huge quantities, ain't nobody gonna gain weight eating that.

2 blocks of tofu? Come on, now.

Instead of eating an unsatisfyingly lean diet that causes weekend binges, why not eat some steaks and starch every day and skip the crap?

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 11:52 PM

I don't binge on the weekend. I just like to eat what other people have. I never "binge". I just eat until I'm full. And yes, seriously two blocks of tofu... They come in 450g blocks here. I'll add steaks in :)

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D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on February 28, 2013
at 01:51 PM

Wow. Sounds like you do eat a lot if you aren't exaggerating, especially for someone your size. I would suggest eating more starchy carbs during the week in addition to what you already are eating. Potatoes, rice, plantains, yams, etc.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:16 PM

the nuts (too much omega-6), trimming down the fruit (that's an awful lot of fructose), eating fattier meats, skipping the tofu, and adding some healthy starches like the sweet potatoes. IMO an occasional treat like that is hardly going to kill you (it would probably make someone like me totally ill) but all of that every weekend won't lead anywhere good in the end.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:24 PM

Sounds like I wouldn't even being eating close to paleo if I did that... combined with my already eating legumes.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:13 PM

Paleo isn't about the carb/fat/protein ratios. Lower carb usually comes with paleo because a lot of common carb sources (such as "Starbuck's mochas, cheesecake, pizza, chocolate Cadbury eggs" get cut out of the diet because they are not good for your health. But carbs from healthy sources are not necessarily a problem for healthy lean people. It sounds like you eat PLENTY of carbs with the huge amount of fruit. However, I've tried putting your report food intake into cronometer and the numbers aren't coming out as reported. Without knowing any thing else, I'd try cutting down

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on February 28, 2013
at 04:15 PM

Well, as long as you're healthy and the foods you eat are good for YOU, no worries. Other than rice, all the starch options I listed are paleo-friendly. You don't have to eat low carb to be paleo. Especially if you're trying to GAIN weight. If you'd rather create a surplus via increased fat intake, you could do that too. Coconut oil "chocolates" are my personal favorite for that. Side note: it seems like you eat a TON of protein. This is great for getting leaner and building muscle, not so much for gaining fat.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:20 PM

I had an incredible metabolism like that in my teens and '20s. (gawd do I miss it now!) and stayed at exactly 107 pounds (5'5") consistently except when pregnant. It was a freaky source of amazement to all. So I can understand how that can happen. What concerns me is the indication that you might be losing weight. If that's not it and your boyfriend is just worrying that you MIGHT lose weight, don't worry, be happy about your metabolism. Be aware though that it rarely lasts. )-; Build up the best food habits possible now.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:32 PM

I am definitely getting a ton of carbs. As for my cheat weekends, I need them. Not because I can't be 100% Paleo- I've been a gluten free vegan (4 years, vegan for 8 years), and a raw vegan (2 years, years ago)- both at 100%, I know restrictive diets well. I like my cheat weekends because I have been on restrictive diets for so long. It's kind of nice to pretend to be "normal" once in awhile.

D8612a7c536e74f9855b70d8e97919b5

(1042)

on February 28, 2013
at 04:14 PM

Well, as long as you're healthy and the foods you eat are good for YOU, no worries. Other than rice, all the starch options I listed are paleo-friendly. You don't have to eat low carb to be paleo. Especially if you're trying to GAIN weight. If you'd rather create a surplus via increased fat intake, you could do that too. Coconut oil "chocolates" are my personal favorite for that. Side note: it seems like you eat a TON of protein. This is great for getting leaner and building muscle, not so much for gaining fat.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 08:34 PM

And will do, Karen. It probably has something to do with being in my 20s and having a fast metabolism... When I was pregnant as a vegan I hit 145. That's the highest I've ever been. Usually, I'm always between 118-124. Maybe 126 max- if I've been eating junk like soy ice cream.

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on February 28, 2013
at 09:23 PM

i'd think you have some sort of absorption problem if you are eating that quantity of food. that is A LOT.

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2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

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on February 28, 2013
at 05:54 PM

Are you still breastfeeding? That could be taking a lot of calories.

Otherwise, that does seem like a lot of food. I am 5'8, 125 pounds, and definitely don't eat that much. I probably eat around 2000 calories a day. Your weight doesn't seem unhealthy for your height but if you are losing while eating that much, then I would have more medical tests done.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on March 01, 2013
at 05:30 PM

Thank you Bitt!

2e777bbcd49262eb31a24f821abec6bc

(1974)

on March 01, 2013
at 12:45 PM

Yesterday, I ate a container of greek yogurt for breakfast, a huge salad with lettuce, spinach, cucumber, tomatoes, peas, cheese, some beans and a couple hardboiled eggs and italian dressing for lunch. For dinner I had 6 oz of steak with a baked potato and small salad (similar ingredients as lunch). I ran 3 miles (of interval type stuff) and did 30 minutes of weight lifting. Thats pretty normal for me when I am trying to maintain weight.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 07:28 PM

Haven't breastfed since August. Would you mind posting what you eat in a day Britt?

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on February 28, 2013
at 02:04 PM

It could be many things: did you experience any sort of digestive issues after going paleo? Because you used to be vegan maybe you have some malabsorption issues, specially with hight fat and protein or you might have low stomach acid.

Nutrient malabsorption leading to weight loss can also be caused by a leaky gut.

Also, have you done strict paleo for 1 month when you first started? (removing gluten, legumes and dairy). If so, how did you feel when you started eating those again? Maybe you have some sort of intolerance to any of those which are causing you to continue losing weight, like a gluten intolerance would do. Do you eat any fermented foods or digestive enzymes? if not, maybe you should start taking some.

how is your blood sugar? "impaired pancreatic and insulin function can mean malnutrition and dangerous weight loss called “wasting.” These are common symptoms for a Type 1 Diabetic. Sanfilippo, Diane (2012-12-12). Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle"

Also, you say you eat a lot of fruit, how about starchy tubers? If possible, posting an example of your daily meals would help. Don't just guess, post exactly what you ate yesterday, for example

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:10 PM

Was a gluten-free-vegan for 4 years before paleo. No leaky gut. Have only reintroduced them now that I'm on paleo. Yesterday: Stirfy- 2 bell peppers, 20 cherry tomatoes, 4 cups of bok choy cooked, 300g tofu 4 bananas, 4 tablespoons of peanut butter 1 apple 14 walnuts 30 almonds 4 chicken breasts Sardines in oil from can 2 oranges

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on February 28, 2013
at 01:34 PM

In this thread http://paleohacks.com/questions/173134/hack-me-please-acne-and-testosterone#axzz2MCRE2i76 you said you wanted to be at the weight you're at now. What changed? Also, how do you feel? In yourself and about yourself - not what your boyfriend feels.

You might be hyperthyroid, type 1 or you might be hugely underreporting what you eat, secondary to having an eating disorder. If you think any of these are the case, I strongly advise you to seek attention from a healthcare professional. It would probably be a good idea regardless by the sounds of things...

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:05 PM

Definitely do not have an eating disorder. Thyroid levels are normal.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:13 PM

As for the acne... still hanging around. No cystic acne since I don't eat eggs anymore. But still acne on jawline.

A0c6d1e41fc0441b593a05050aefada7

(342)

on February 28, 2013
at 03:12 PM

And yes, wanted to remain at 119 pounds. Now since I lost weight, and gained more muscle, I look smaller... I think that's why my boyfriend is cornered. Also... My boobs don't look so great...

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