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    I'm 20 years old and have mild Crohn's disease (diagnosed in 2011). I have a real problem with gaining weight, many people think it's easy but it really isn't for someone with my build. I've always been skinny, I'm 5'9" and only around 52 kg. I think it's mainly genetics since my dad has a slim build and I didn't notice any significant weight change with my Crohn's.

    I normally eat the recommend GDA of calories for men. Last summer I tried a milkshake for a few weeks which meant taking in an extra 1200 calories a day and saw no change, so simply taking in more calories doesn't seem to work for me. Should I try whey protein? Although I've read that it's only useful if I was going to a gym, so would a gym be the only way to gain weight and reach a healthy BMI? My mum said my cousin used to be skinny but then put weight on once he started going to a gym but I'm worried it would be a waste of time with my genetics + Crohn's. Any advice would be great
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    I'm 20 years old and have mild Crohn's disease (diagnosed in 2011). I have a real problem with gaining weight, many people think it's easy but it really isn't for someone with my build. I've always been skinny, I'm 5'9" and only around 52 kg. I think it's mainly genetics since my dad has a slim build and I didn't notice any significant weight change with my Crohn's.

    I normally eat the recommend GDA of calories for men. Last summer I tried a milkshake for a few weeks which meant taking in an extra 1200 calories a day and saw no change, so simply taking in more calories doesn't seem to work for me. Should I try whey protein? Although I've read that it's only useful if I was going to a gym, so would a gym be the only way to gain weight and reach a healthy BMI? My mum said my cousin used to be skinny but then put weight on once he started going to a gym but I'm worried it would be a waste of time with my genetics + Crohn's. Any advice would be great
    The calories have got to go somewhere. If you keep eating, you'll get bigger. The gym is definitely worth your while, has mental benefits as well as physical. The best way to go about that is to make sure you eat enough protein. I personally go for around 2g per lb of body weight. So I'm on about 450-500g of protein a day. So for you I'd imagine you'd be looking at around just over 200g a day. Supplement that with roughly 3,500 calories a day and you will grow.

    Unfortunately there is no quick fix in changing body shape positively. It takes time but is well worth it.
 
 
 
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