K.R. asks from APO, AE on April 09, 2009
Trying to Gain Weight and It's Not Happening for Me!
I had my DS a year ago and became depressed in the fall and lost a lot of weight. I'm 5'7" and I now weigh 125 and I haven't weight that little since 8th grade. I know I should be happy but I'm just not comfortable with my weight. The doctor put me on Celexa in January for my depression and told me one of the side effects is weight gain and I couldn't be happier about it. I still haven't gained a pound. I'm stuck at 125 lbs. My diet hasn't really changed, I'm typically a healthy eater but we have been eating out more often because we are moving and our house is empty so we can't really cook. Since high school my pant size was 8 and now I'm falling out of a size 6. I've also added Ensure Plus to my diet, it says it's supposed to help gain or maintain a healthy weight. I drink it in addition to a meal rather than using it as a meal supplement and I drink water through out the day. Does anyone have any opinion as to what I can do differently? Thanks in advance!
C.W. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
I would ask to have a thyroid test done. Pregnancy can alter the functioning of this gland and it regulates metabolism. It is a simple blood test.
G.N. answers from Lincoln on April 10, 2009
I am 4 ft 9 1/2 inches and a year after my son was born I weighed 95 pounds (I had ballooned up to 155 pounds with him). I checked the BMI charts and supposedly I was okay. But I looked in the mirror and I looked skeletal to me! Actually, I looked skeletal to a lot of people because other women at work started to ask me if I was doing okay.
I ate everything and anything but I was pumping several times a day so my body just automatically transformed everything I ate/drank into milk. Nothing for me, it seemed.
But I was also walking for 20 minutes 4 days a week, pushing my son in the stroller (to drop him off at daycare). My hubby said that the fastest way to lose is to engage your large muscles (like your legs while walking).
After I stopped pumping I also stopped walking (weather changes) and I started putting weight back on (it didn't hurt that it was around the holidays). I remember I put on 5 pounds in 1 week just like that!
So... I know that feeling of not being comfortable with your weight in spite of how it looks on paper.
I will agree with the other ladies about making sure you are eating healthy meals and portions rather than focusing on the number itself.
But to answer your question I would suggest to eat late at night, right before bedtime. The reasoning there is your body doesn't have a chance to burn those calories. Also, someone suggested protein... you may want to try that at night as well, someone told me that it helps to build and maintain muscle.
Other than that, try to relax a little.
V.B. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
Have you had a check-up to see if there's any other health problems that might be causing weight loss, and asked your doctor about it?
J.S. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
I honestly wouldn't worry about it. That is what I weigh and I too am 5'7. Instead of weight I would try gaining muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat. And that really is a healthy size and weight for your height. You could have your thyroid tested just to be safe. But otherwise than that I wouldn't worry about it. I'm sure someday you will wish you had that problem again. :)
J. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
You may want to talk with an Endocrinologist, (if your doctor thinks this a good strategy.) I am a guy married to a spouse who was thin most of her life than working FT and life ended up with weight gain. Now She keeps it down by portion sizes. But why am I responding? I have been thin most of my life which my family wanted for me. It made if virtually impossible for me to gain "any" weight! How did I change that and now on the low end of normal weight for a 50 plus year old? I balanced exercise and being sedentary. I learned my snacking often, about 5-7 times per day actually kept me thinner as the meals per day then were not as big a thing. I also deal with lactose intolerance which limited Dairy fats and sugars. What I can tell you if you can just find some "healthy" weight and keep at that weight that is a great goal. A dietician could maybe help you figure out your caloric need versus your intake of calories. Do you not stay still when seated? That is another "secret" to my being underweight for so many years! (about 15 years) so maybe if you do move around or not stay still, doing so would reduce your dietary needs resulting in a surplus of calories to build up weight. But do you really want fat cells? Maybe a better idea is to lift weights starting at the lowest comfortable weights to higher ones as you gain strength and then more of you body weight would be from muscle versus fat. Though some fat is needed and helpful also. I doubt you have and "eating disorder" but that is up to you to be aware of such issues. When the Antidepressant is successful you will probably also notice your appetite does improve, too. But do you really need to gain weight? Key is stopping the loss of weight not necessarily trying to gain weight. Adding things like: eating snacks like nuts (oils)and a little more of rolls (starches) should help you gain weight. But just be careful not to over do that as it could work very very well. People who cut out bread from their diet can lose weight! Good luck!
L.B. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
The same thing happened to a friend of mine after her first baby. It turned out to be something with her thyroid which is treatable with medication. You should go to the doctor and ask about Graves disease. It just means your thyroid is working overtime and needs to be regulated. Good luck!
C.F. answers from Janesville-Beloit on April 10, 2009
Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Ask your doctor.
Also, if you are breastfeeding, you need extra calories.
H.Z. answers from Minneapolis on April 10, 2009
It sounds like 125 is a healthy weight for you. It puts your BMI in the healthy range. Maybe instead of focusing on gaining weight by eating more calories you should try working out to gain muscle? Try weight lifting 3x a week. You'll be amazed by how strong you'll get and how it will transform your body. Muscle also weighs more than fat, so if you put on muscle and you don't have much fat to begin with, you'll gain weight. Don't just try to pack in more calories; that's not healthy at all unless you weren't eating enough to begin with.