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Gained 5 pounds in 1 week!! HELP!!


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Yes, you heard me. 5 pounds in 1 week.


My stomach is now bloated and I feel so bad about it. I keep promising myself I'll eat healthier the next day, but my excuse is that I'm underweight (it's true) so I grab for the chips and full-fat ice cream.

I've been eating 1/2 c. ice cream everyday and 1 c. nuts (pecans mostly) I also eat about 2 tbsp. peanut butter and an extra 2 slices of yummy white bread. I'm underweight but gaining weight, but I'm not convinced this is the healthy way even if I am eating nuts and peanut butter. My stomach looks disgusting even though I'm underweight. It's buldged out ever since I started eating my ice cream, nuts, and peanut butter. The thing is, the rest of the people in my family eat them so I can't get rid of them. But seriously? How could eating these extras make me gain 5 pounds. Is there anyway to gain weight that won't make my stomach look disgusting?
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First off, I doubt you really gained 5 lbs in one week. It's probably mostly water weight. But more importantly if you are underweight, then you need to gain weight anyway.

If you exercise, it should help with the stomach issue.
First off, there's a lot of fluctation in weight.  If you weighed yourself after drinking water, or the night after a salty meal, or before going to the bathroom, you'll weigh more.  You probably did gain some weight, but I'm guessing part of that five pounds is not real weight gain.

Nuts and peanut butter are high in calories but pretty healthy foods.  Ice cream is not so much, but a half cup is a pretty reasonable serving size, as is 2 slices of bread (unless they're huge slices...).

I hate the way my stomach looks, too.  I can remember being three years old and staring into the mirror hating my stomach.  I do the same thing now at 25, and did it plenty in between.  One thing I've noticed is that being thin (whether it's underweight like you are or just weighing what's right for my frame size like me) is that there's a noticible difference in appearance between an empty stomach and a full one.

I do think you're adding a LOT of food very quickly.  You might want to go with a handful or two of nuts rather than a whole cup and maybe have wheat bread instead of white (about the same amount of calories, but will keep you full longer and provide a lot more nutrition). 

The people around us often eat what's right for them, often eat what's wrong for them.  Part of being true to who you are is recognizing that sometimes you want to eat what they're having and other times you don't.  But what does matter to everyone is the same basic principles of sound nutrition.  Good foods and reasonable portion sizes.  I think you just need to combine the two and make sure you're getting enough fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, etc as the basis of your diet. 

The best ways I've found to make my stomach look better are to look at it first thing in the morning, before it's got breakfast puffing it up, and after doing a lot of ab/core work when my posture's pulled tight by my muscles.  Staying off of salt helps (it's temporary, though, so having a lot of salt will only make your stomach bigger for a couple days).  The best thing ever, though?  Pants that fit right.  Too-tight low-rise pants can make ANYONE's gut look terrible.  :P
1/2 c. of ice cream is exactly one serving. 2 slices of bread is one serving. 2 tbsp of peanut butter is one serving. That's GOOD! That's moderation. Don't believe the scale, it lies, TRUST ME. I remember I had a big binge day, I had ice cream, chips, burgers, fries, pizza, ect. I don't know what came over me! Luckily it only happened once like that..
and the scale said "Yep, you gained 10 lbs. lard-ass. Good job." I was so depressed that night. I was still ignorant in the science of water weight.
I weighed myself 2 days later, I hadn't even gained one pound in reality. I was 135 before the binge, 135 two days later.
I bet my binge days are worse than yours :P
I'd say it's just water weight, since chips, salted nuts, peanut butter, and that stuff have lots of sodium, and sodium contributes to your body's retention of water in your tissues.
Between the milk and the carbs from the white bread, the stomach issues you seem to have could be due to improper digestion causing excess gas in your intestines even if you aren't having issues with flatulance. Undigested carbs will ferment in our gut and will make you look as if you've gained considerable weight, when in fact it's all air. While your portions are not unreasonable, as an experiment you may want to reconsider your food choices. Try not having the ice cream but finding another healthy item to keep your calories at the same level and see if you don't notice a difference after a week or so. I would also recommend the change from white to whole wheat bread - wheat is not only better for you, it's digested differently and causes a different response in our intestines. I often have 2 slices of wheat bread toast w/2TB pb and 1 TB of wheat germ as a breakfast (equals around 400 calories with my ingredients) but I'm usually full through lunch unless I'm super active.

I'm not sure of the dairy thing yet, as I've read alot of conflicting information on the subject. Some advocate no cows milk at all since we are not setup to digest it properly and others that say we need it, not only for the calcium in terms of yogurt for the active cultures as well as the other nutrients. With all the addatives and chemicals in our food these days, it's hard to say what is good for us anymore. Even our vegetables are being sprayed and bioengineered to be healthier crops and such... all that affects us in ways we can't even determine yet.

The best way to see if your issue is food related (not calorie related) is to stop using it and see if you notice a change. But to be fair, don't take out the equivalent calories so that you can see if it's truly the "dairy" or the calories.

Good luck to you. I look forward to seeing what you find out.
AJ
Good Luck with loosing! I like fruit that helps me and drink lotsof water
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I agree with aprilchabot - a lot of the time when my stomach is huge its because I've had too much wheat and dairy (so that'll be the ice cream and white bread you've been eating) - just try switching to lower gluten bread and sorbet and see if there's a difference?

DUH, No doubts you gained 5 pounds in a week. First of all you are eating WAY too much fat. 2 teaspoons of peanut butter is 16 GRAMS OF FAT, 1/4 a cup of peanuts and almonds have about 11 GRAMS OF FAT, 1/2 of ice cream has 6 GRAMS OF FAT AND ABOUT 14 GRAMS OF SUGAR (depending on which kind you got), and although white bread doesn't have that much fat it is not a good source of your daily bread, (unless it's italian). So you basically just had half the fat you need in a day by stuffing your face with the top worst things you can possibly consume in fats. 

To maintain a healthy diet, you need to have all the five food groups a day (at least 2 servings from each category a day) I like to eat:

1. Breakfast: 1 1/2 cups of Special K with strawberries, skim milk, 12 grain wheat bread toast

Snack: low-fat string cheese

2. Lunch: baked potato with low-fat cheese and sour cream, orange juice

 Snack: quacker bar (oatmeal rasin)

3. Dinner: Grilled chicken sandwich without mayo (found at sonic), skim milk

 

Original Post by girlyvst:

DUH, No doubts you gained 5 pounds in a week. First of all you are eating WAY too much fat. 2 teaspoons of peanut butter is 16 GRAMS OF FAT, 1/4 a cup of peanuts and almonds have about 11 GRAMS OF FAT, 1/2 of ice cream has 6 GRAMS OF FAT AND ABOUT 14 GRAMS OF SUGAR (depending on which kind you got), and although white bread doesn't have that much fat it is not a good source of your daily bread, (unless it's italian). So you basically just had half the fat you need in a day by stuffing your face with the top worst things you can possibly consume in fats. 

To maintain a healthy diet, you need to have all the five food groups a day (at least 2 servings from each category a day) I like to eat:

1. Breakfast: 1 1/2 cups of Special K with strawberries, skim milk, 12 grain wheat bread toast

Snack: low-fat string cheese

2. Lunch: baked potato with low-fat cheese and sour cream, orange juice

 Snack: quacker bar (oatmeal rasin)

3. Dinner: Grilled chicken sandwich without mayo (found at sonic), skim milk

 

Please get out of this thread, you have a ridiculous phobia against fat and you're in no position to give advice to anyone, let alone an underweight person who is trying to GAIN.

Your "diet" is awful. Fat is healthy. You're suppose to have 30% or more of your calories from fat. And yet you advocate eating highly processed foods, and absolutely NO source of fat whatoever?

I'd rather eat 10 spoons of peanut butter then low fat EVERYTHING and special k (which is pure crystalised sugar crap). In fact, I urge you to add fat to your diet, or your hair and skin WILL suffer. I doubt you're getting even 15% fat from your daily calories if not less. Fat is not optional, it's required.

That's actually a healthy diet, baked patatoes have SO many carbs, and the person is eating portions through out the day while eating healthy; you get sugar from the strawberries, orange juice and quacker bar.

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