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November 14th, 2006, 01:31 AM
Mommy2jnd's Avatar Super Mommy
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When I started high school I weighed 105-110. Senior year I dropped down to 97lbs, and have only gotten it to go up while pregnant. When I delivered my son I weighed 132, by my 6 week visit I was down to 114, and it's been back to 97 for months now. I can't seem to gain weight. I'm 5'3", my BMI is only 17...my own fiance tells me I look like a crackhead. I had my thyroid tested when I was around 18 and it was fine. My mom has hyperthyroidism. I eat, believe me, do I eat. And I eat mostly fatty foods. Lost of mexican food, burgers, fries, chips, chicken, pizza, all kinds of stuff...anyone else have this problem? I would REALLY like to gain some weight, I think it would help my energy levels out a bit. I'm also really tired feeling all the time, whether I get 4 or 12 hours of sleep. I shed my hair like mad too.

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November 14th, 2006, 09:00 AM
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Well I have the opposite problem. In the last 8 months ive had trouble losing weight. I generally am 118-120 pounds and now I am about 128-131. But i found that its because I eat like crap. (Fruit, whats that lol)

As for what you eat -- None of that has any nutritional value what so ever -- It goes in and goes out the same. You put fat and greese into your body, your body will go BLAH and you'll poop out fat and floating poop (sorry for the TMI) Try eating healthier foods, foods with fiber, -- Eat eactly what the food pyramid (or triangle, whatever it is now) says to eat. Increase your carbs and protiens. Pasta, Chicken (not fried), Fish, etc.

I have IBS, as well so ive had to restrict my diet because like i said -- what you put in is what comes out and for people with IBS -- it hurts.

i hope that helps
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November 14th, 2006, 12:56 PM
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I have always had a hard time keeping weight on also. The only times I keep weight on are while I am pregnant and nursing my babies. I eat decent from the food pyramid, lots of fruits and veggies, and chicken and fish. Don't go out to eat alot, not the extra money there for that. I have a very high metablism though and that is why my weight melts off. Also I am a very active person. We live on a farm and I have five kids that keep me very busy, but I do check in with my doctor every few months to make sure that my health is not suffering due to being as slender as I am. I am 5'7" and weigh 116 lbs right now 4 month after having my last baby. I usually gain about 40-50 lbs with each baby. I would like to stay at the weight that I am now, but will have to see what happens when I quit nursing her around the age of two.
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November 16th, 2006, 06:46 PM
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Have you had a thorough physical? If not, get one and make sure there are no other issues. Your metabolism is probably very high and you will always naturally be thin--it's still important to eat healthy though, because thin people can still have issues with High BP, Cholesterol and heart issues. My DH is the same way and found out he had high cholesterol--be careful!
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