I am taking the liberty of starting a new thread. This thread is for those of you looking to actively gain weight for whatever reason.
Requirements- If you are a male you need to eat at least 3000 calories, females must eat 2500-this is so that your body can begin to now only gain weight, but also for your internal organs to begin to recover, this takes fuel/calories.
It is NOT suggested that you excercise while underweight. Excercsie is often an addicition seen with those with eating disorders. Try to stop cold turkey, IF you excercise, 2500/3000 is NOT enough. You are only harming yourself+prolonging the illness by excercising.
If you are struggling to reach the necessary amount, and we all did, then please post a seperate thread w/ questions. It is harmful for ppl to see posts that are under the food reuirement amount. There are suggestions on this forum ontop regarding higher calorie+denser foods that should be incorporated to aid in reaching calorie goals.
A new thread will be started every two weeks, anyone can start the thread when the time comes. Please start the thread by copying the initial post or two.
(copied from previous thread)-I am copying the many times copied thread, "What did you eat today?" in hopes of helping some of those who are just starting to gain and have no clue what to eat. I know that when I began weight recovery, I was eating tons of low-cal foods just because that's what I was used to. I learned the hard way that dense foods are essential to weight gain when you have high caloric requirements (at one point I needed 4500 cal to maintain my weight on BEDREST). Perhaps newbies can get some ideas if we post our weight gain meal plans! Even if you're not gaining anymore, grab an old one and post it!:]
Please note that every body is different and some will need more or less calories than others to gain. This thread is just so that you can get an idea of what you need.
Oh, and yes, I'm breaking the "no calories, no portions" rule, since it is pretty helpful in this case. If you want to post cals/portions you can. I just ask that you don't post if you're not eating enough, though as this is a weight gain thread, I would hope none of you are undereating.;]
Breakfast (875 cal)*
- 1/2 cup oatmeal (150) cooked with
- 1 cup evaporated whole milk (300)
- 1 mashed banana (100)
- 2 tbsp peanut butter (200)
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed and cinnamon to taste (50)
- 1 hard-boiled egg (75 cal)
Morning Snack (300 cal)*
- 1/4 cup mixed nuts (200)
- 1/4 cup dried apricots (100)
Lunch (660 cal)*
- 1/4 cup rice cooked in 1 cup chicken stock (300) and
- 1/2 cup canned or cooked chickpeas (145) and
- 1/3 cup shredded cheese (150) and
- 1/4 cup each onion, peppers, and tomato (30) cooked with
- 1 tbsp olive oil and curry powder to taste (120)
Afternoon snack (390 cal)*
- 1 serving baby carrots (35)
- 1/4 cup hummus (155)
- 1/4 cup mixed nuts (200)
Dinner (875 cal)*
- 1 cup of my insane Mac & Cheese recipe (515)
- 2 cups tossed salad (45)
- 2 tbsp rasins (60)
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds (105)
- 2 tbsp dressing (150)
Evening snack (480)*
- 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (180)
- 1/2 cup homemade granola (300)
About 3600 calories :]
An example of when i was a ctively gaining weight, i was 25 and sedentary (female)-
B: Bagel, 1.5tbspns PB, yogurt, HB egg, apple, trail mix~750
S: cereal w/ milk+trail mix~360
L: 2 slices WW w/ cheddar, avocado, +sweet potato, Fage 2%, a Pepperidge Farm cookie, a plum, carrots ~700
S: ice cream w/ trail mix~250
D: veg salad w/ trail mix+tbspn alomd butter mixed in, chicken nuggets, corn on the cob~460
S: apple, yogurt, 1/2 Chocolate Candy Bar ~410
Reason: Locked, new thread started: http://caloriecount.about.com/weight-gainers-eat-today-august-nd-ft180765
Yesterday i went to the doctor:
GOOD NEWS: GAINED FIVE POUNDS :)
BAD NEWS: My liver is enlarged (which is why my stomach has been so puffy and painful lately, stupid ED had me thinking i was fat!!) THis means i need to eat eat eat eat!!!! Also it could mean that ive dont so much damage that my body may never be the same....:( just remember guys your bodies are not invencible, take care of them!! Just beucase you feel fine doesnt mean you are healthy, get to a healthy weight and listen to your DRs!!! Im not that far from my goal weight and yet im having some serious medical complications, so you dont have to be super super thin to have problems that could last for the rest of your life....
Anyway after that horrible news we went on a little roadtrip today to the beach and even though i brough snacks i challenged myself to eat out everywhere we went!!
B: (before doctor) Boost plus and package of Quacker granola bites (450)
ON THE ROAD:
S: (gas station) bag sunchips, Peanut butter granola bar, orange juice (580)
L: (IHOP) short stack of pancakes with syrup, butter and bananna melted on top with side of oatmeal and berries (700)
S: (TCBY) Frozen yogurt parfait with three scoops of white chocolate froyo topped with strawberries, granola, and crumbled fruitloops (460)
D: (local seafood place) Key west shrimp (two shrimp skewers with 12 large grilled shrimp and various grilled veggies with side of sweet potato and side ceasar salad (fear food!!) (?????)
S: At beach house: one cup of wheat chex mixed with one and half cup of maple syrup eggo cereal and cup of 2% milk (450)
TOTAL: 2640 (NOT INCLUDING DINNER)
has anyone on here ever had liver problems before, im soooo scared
AMC24: I'm not a DR, buy you could have fatty liver more than anything, which is caused by the enlarging of the liver and essentially in turn caused by malnutrition. Fatty liver is completely reversible!
I think fatty liver can be treated by getting to the underlying problem, which would be getting healthier and getting to a healthier weight. Think of it as even more motivation to get to a healthier weight. You're doing great! :D
fatty liver is caused by starvation but dont worry as it is completely reversible if you deal with it's underlying cause(which is starvation) and you are doing that by refeeding your body. so don't worry and continue doing the right thing
Hey, I do have a problem with a 'dysfunctional liver', according to my doctor, which i think is the same thing. Apparently because I wasn't included enough fats in my diet when I restricted, my liver decided to store lots of fats on its own to 'stock up'. It's sort of affected my liver's ability to produce bile, which has consequently caused my ability to digest proteins and fats/oils to decrease (which then may have caused acid reflux). I'm taking a couple supplements with my meals, prescribed by my nutritionist. So far, I don't know how the progress is but I feel safer when I take them because I don't have as much fear of not being able to digest my foods. Over time your liver should begin to start working normally again but if you really are scared, perhaps you can ask your doctor if there's anything you can take?
Good luck :)
I had my weekly weigh in yesterday and im up only a pound!I can't belive it I have been eating 3500 consistently so I think I might need ANOTHER increase.My doctor says to me that I should stay at 3500 but I don't see the point?What do you guys think?Is it too much...?!
Breakfast-2 cups of Kellogs guardian cereal,1 cup of yogurt,large banana and 2 TBS of White Chocolate Wonderful PB.Had this with a Cookie's and cream Muscle Milk
Snack-Bagel with Strawberry cream cheese and a bowl of strawberries
Lunch-Flatout Wrap topped with cheese,turkey,lots of vegetables,Cool Mint Chocolate Clif Bar crumbled on top of 1/2 cup of vanilla frozen yogurt and a glass of vanilla soy milk
Snack-Kashi Pumpkin Pie Granola Bar,Apple with 2 TBS of PB and a homemade smoothie(1 scoop of vanilla protein powder,1/2 cup of strawberries,banana,and 1 cup of vanilla soymilk)
Dinner-My mom made cheese enchilads(HUGE fear food)Had 2 of these with a spinach salad,and a bowl of bloobs)
Snack-Large glass of chocolate milk
Snack-BIG yogurt mess consisting of 1 cup of Kashi GOLEAN,3/4 cup of strawberry yogurt,1/2 mashed banana,more strawberries and bloobs,and topped with 1 TBS of nutella and 1 TBS of Cinnamon Raisin Swirl)
Weeeeeeeeeeeew thats a lot of food
Happy wednesday everyone! 2 pieces of good news to share. I had my first appt with my trainer this morning! A lot of my docs have recommended a "contained" fitness program to help with my medical problems and my pain. She was so helpful, full of advice, and super knowledgable about chronic pain issues! Plus she worked me good and thinks in spite of my issues I have a lot of potential to improve my strength! Second my mom went to TJ's last night and found my favorite apples (pink ladies), peanut butter on sale (I finished 3 jars of nut butter last week so this was clutch), pizza dough, cheap tofu and tempeh, and more eggs!
B: 1 1/3 c. smart bran, 1 c. almond milk, a pint of blueberries, 3 tbsp. peanut butter
S: pot of Greek yogurt with 2 tbsp. peanut butter
L: Sandwich on sprouted bread with mock "salad" (thanks for the idea katie!) made with 3/4 c. chickpeas, 1/4c. Greek yogurt, liquid aminos, dill and pepper; two homemade pickles (best things evahhh), and a peach with 2 tbsp. almond butter
S: apple, 2 carrots, 3 tbsp. peanut butter
S: 4 c. popcorn with 2 tbsp. nutritional yeast
D: 1/2 block firm tofu and 1/2 egg plant roasted in 1 tbsp. olive oil; 1 c. broccoli
S: pot of Greek yogurt with 1 banana, 2 tbsp. raisins, 2 tbsp. almonds
Argh! hellish day! My boyfriend wanted pancakes for dinner, yes dinner. No not savoury dinner. In Sweden we eat pancakes for an actual meal, like with ice cream and jam. HELL! So I freaked out all day about it, but I still ate relatively normally and coped, just was a demon girlfriend all day (which hopefully was made up for by making pancakes!)
B1: Apple and raisin porridge 350
B2: Porridge with a banana and cashew butter 350
L: Leftover chicken and leek pie with veg 650
S: Knäcke with kaviar (100) and a kanelbulle (125) 225
D: 4 pancakes (440) with jam (50) a large caramelised apple (200) and 2 servings of ice cream (260) 950
Another wierd day of challenges and the general body hatred + panic that follows them! THe discovery the bread had all gone mouldy and/or stale was the first irritation.
B: Large piece toasted (stale) baguette with flora + about 3tbsp PB. Melon. Another tbsp PB off the spoon. Squash. 700
L: Nutrigrain elevenses bar (180), huge apple (80), grapes (80) ...small lunch due to discovering cake was on the cards at work a bit later
S1: Large piece victoria sponge filled with vast quantities of butter icing - someone's farewell cake before going on maternity leave. Massive challenge for me, I can manage already-portioned cakes but this was new territory (500)
S2: Slice of bread (newly purchased) with 2 tbsp PB (300)
Dinner: Total cooking disaster - Fusion dish from GOod Food Magazine:Thai butternut squash pasta dish. Yuk - both hubbie and I forced some down. ONly ate 1/2 portion though. So much for trying out new foods. (400)
S (to be - need to make up some cals) - going to have huge bowl icecream with some melted PB and melon.
Hello there! Another day of inspiring eats from u all!
Pam: Can i just say WOW! you have improoved sooo much since the start of the summer!
Portlypenguin: Chin up, i know (from other posts) ur not feeling great about some things. But just try and see whats important in life, health, joy, family, fun, strength, NOT calories, body and all that stuff. Try not to judge yourself so hard!
Myoelastic: Yay for pancakes, well done, ur lucky to have a great support team, but ultimately-youre the one doing the actions :)
Lilemmierocks: Why not increase if ur not gaining and u can manage it? great attitude u have!
Breakfast: Oats with 3tbsp almond butter (mmm) figs and honey
Snack: SoyJoy Raising and Nut Bar
Lunch: Homemade apple and apricot crumble with honey and cream (dont judge! i had a craving, so i baked, we had nothing in the house because we have been away for the past week ! and most importantly-it was yum!)
Snack: Double Finger Time out bar and tea with honey
Dinner: Baked Potatoe with mashed chickpeas and mayo for a filling, carrot "fries" and cellery dipped in hummus, small portion of crumble
Snack: Probably more crumble and custard or a bowl of granola with rice milk
Ooh myoelastic pancakes for dinner actually sounds so good! As a sugar addict myself I wish that was socially acceptable in the uk :)
I have been pretty sedentary today which is odd for me so I've been full and a bit worried:
breakfast: 2 slices of seeded toast, one with butter and marmite and one with butter and jam and orange juice (hmm my breakfasts are small but I find it really difficult physically to eat in the morning, does abhor else have this?) (450)
lunch: peanut butter and marshmallow fluff sandwich with 2 tbs of each, a side salad with dressing and a pack of kettle chips (700)
snack: 80g of honey nut shredded wheat with milk and 5 apricots (460)
dinner: prawn stew with brown rice and orange juice (540)
dessert: small pot of ben and Jerrys strawberry cheesecake ice cream (300)
snack: chocolate poptart, tea bowl of strawberries and rasberries (270)
Spiritriser: Im the oppostie, breakfast is my fave!! i wish i could eat more in the afternoon or night! OMG-marshmallow fluff, mmm! that stuff + nutella = amaaazing. I think ill be buying me some of that marshmallowy goodness tomorrow. Its expensive here, but soooo worth it!
eeh delicious: totally agree with nutella, or peanut butter or on cake mmmm, shame it doesnt have more calories really. where do you get yours from?
Can you get that marshmallow fluff in any UK supermarkets?
It used to be sold in tesco's and places like that, but not any more! Now, I can only get it in this fancy food shop in my town, they have like a section dedicated to american produce. Its 5.50 euro, which isnt cheap, but then again, they sell lucky charms for 10 euro a box!
hahaha thats jokes you can buy fluff at the dollar store in canada:P strawberry flava too...not very good though
B: "Carrot Cake" sandwich - two slices of lightly toasted Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread, one and a half tablespoons of roasted almond butter, and about a quarter cup of shredded (squeezed dry) carrot. Twas delish! On the side I had the usual strawberries and a bowl of Greek yogurt mixed with half a large mashed banana, a few tablespoons of protein powder, and ground flaxseed.
S: Homemade almond vanilla granola (oats, red quinoa, hemp seeds, roasted almonds, honey, canola oil, mashed banana, cinnamon), cottage cheese mixed with plain yogurt, and a cup of fresh blueberries.
L: Gardein Tuscan "chicken" fillet served over brown basmati rice, a handfull of pistachios, half a cup each of black beans, peas, and green beans, and a large bell pepper with hummus.
S: Homemade "cocoa baby" bar (cashews, almonds, dates, cocoa, vanilla) and a container of Greek yogurt mixed with Vega meal replacement powder. Yeah I had the same snack again; don't hate.
D: BEST THING EVER! I made chickpea tostatas! Two corn tostata shells topped with chickpea "taco meat" (chickpeas, canola oil, red onion, chipolte powder, chili powder, garlic, soy sauce), guacamole, pico de gallo, and a dollop of Greek yogurt. On the side I had refried black beans, a chopped bell pepper, and some green beans.
S: Challenge again. A bowl of Purely Decadent Green Tea Coconut Milk ice cream, and a shake made from vanilla almond milk, a frozen banana, peanut butter, and a scoop of protein powder. I had a "milkshake" and ice cream at once. Pahah.
Who else is hating this weather? The heat index has been well over 100 every day this week. I have cross country practice again tomorrow too - at the peak heat of the day! Ugh. Who else agrees that making us run outside when it's that hot is child abuse!? My mom insists that "you'll be fine" but I think otherwise. Pah!
What thype of advice are you looking for?How to increase because in that case I can help you out:)
Breakfast:1.5 cup shreddies, banana, 3/4 cup mixed berries,3/4cup full fat natural yogurt top with 1 or 2 TBS of Peanut Butter
Snack:Orange try not to have just fruit as a snack,go for an energy bar or trailmix
Lunch:3/4cup cooked rice, chicken breast, 1.5cups raw veggies (fills you up for little calories)(broccoli,peas,peppers,carrots) with 1/4cup humus, 3/4cup watermelon have a drink with it(muscle milk,ensure,or a dessert)
Snack:snack:1/2cup mixed nuts/seeds, 1 cup 1%milk, 1scoop protein powder
supper:salad-2 cups spinach,3/4cup sprouts, 1.5cups frozen gr.beans and asparagus, 3/4cup broccoli, cut peppers, tbsp italian dressing, 1 veggie sausage, 3/4cup squash, 1 ensure, 1 serving rice tortilla chips Add some cheese or nuts into your salad.If you are feeling too full now,I recommend not having so many vegetables!
Snack:Try having something before bed,maybe a sandwich or some toast or cereal!
Hope this helps:)
that carrot cake sandwich sounds absolutely divineee! i've totally gotta try it! whats ezekiel bread? and where do i get almond butter? and i totally know what you mean about the heat. i live in texas. its extra extra hot here.
everyone is doing so great. i love hearing yall's menus!
Had my weigh in today. really wanted a big gain cause my jeans had gotten so much tighter (so the tightness could be "justified" by the weight gain" but was actually only up 1.25 pounds. This is the first time I've WANTED to gain more weight! 10 more pounds to go...
Does anyone know how much the body tends to change in the last 10 pounds? I know I need to get back to a healthy weight but I'm so afraid of getting back my pre-ED body, which I was so uncomfortable with...
Anyway, today's eats:
Breakfast: Pumpkin pie swiss oats (so yummy!) (1/2 cup oats soaked in 1/2 cup soy milk, canned pumpkin, raisins and craisins, and SOOO much pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon), topped with 1/2 cup Fage 2%, 1 tbsp almond butter and a Cinnamon Roll Larabar. Also a hard boiled egg. (This breakfast was heavenly!!!)
Lunch: Chicken curry with rice, Babybel cheese, Oatmeal walnut clif bar
Snack: Luna protein bar (not a fan...)
Snack: Chobani 2% pineapple yogurt cup with dried cherries, blueberries, granola and a few cinnamon teddy grahams
Dinner: 1 cup couscous, broccoli with dressing, leftover tandoori chicken, and some shrimp
Snack: PB and J sandwich (2 slices whole wheat bread, 1 tbsp crunchy PB and 1 tbsp homemade strawberry jam) and a nice cup of green tea
Trying to gain as much as I can before school starts. Should I increase?
I know I'm due for a jump in weight soon, it happens without fail every 3 weeks or so...
I decided to be honest with myself today.... as a dancer, I am not eating enough and despite the fact that I have increased by 700 calories these past two weeks and gained successfully, I am still not eating enough for my active lifestyle. I have gained weight though.... which shows how much I have screwed up my metabolism. I need to stop lying to myself and repair my metabolism and get my calories up there! I am going to start by "intuitive calorie-counting" 3000 calories. I started today. By "intuitive calorie-counting" I mean that instead of counting calories and basing my food choices around calories while I prepare each meal, I ask my body what it is in the mood for and prepare my food first regardless of whether everything I want "fits" into my calorie allotment. In other words, I choose my food ignoring calories (like an intuitive eater) and THEN count. This way, ED can not make choices for me! I am in charge and believe it or not, I LIKE higher-calorie food. It is actually easy for me to eat 3000 calories naturally without even trying. IN YOUR FACE, ED.
I added calorie counts just for today so you can all see :D
B: 1 packet of instant oatmeal cooked in 2/3 c. almond milk, 30g. assorted protein powders (hemp, Veg vanilla bean, chocolate Spiru-tein), 1 c. assorted fruits (strawberries, blueberries, peaches), 14 almonds, and 1 tbsp. maple almond butter (600)
S: 1/4 of a giant vegan Snickerdoodle cookie dipped in coffee (110)
L: Hemp bagelwich (1 toasted hemp bagel, 5 slices of Tofurky, 1 slice of melted pepperjack soy cheese, 1 tbsp. Goddess dressing), steamed carrots, 1 oz. thick-cut cheddar potato chips (700)
S: White chocolate macadamia nut Clif bar (240)
S: Most of a chocolate Orgain nutritional shake and 1/2 of a BioChem 100 calorie whey protein bar (250)
D: Amy's Indian vegetable korma meal, 4 Quorn southwestern chik'n wings, mustard, green beans (540)
S: Apple. 1 container of Greek yogurt mixed w/ 1 tbsp. maple almond butter, 1 deep chocolate VitaTop, 1/2 c. Kashi GoLean Crunch!, 5 almonds (500)
2940.... almost made it!!!!! (I didn't have my realization until mid-afternoon so I am pretty impressed with myself :D)
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