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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    I'm 21, male and around 5"6/7. My BMI is about 15. I've weighed between 44 and 45kg since I was about 16y.o and I look really slim, unhealthily slim. The circumference of one of my wrists is 5 inches (130mm) and my arms aren't much bigger. I have to buy children's clothes as adult clothes don't fit me.

    I wasn't worried until recently because my family are slim too. But I've hit the point where I can't wear T shirts, never worn shorts in my life, get funny looks in the street and my social life is ****. Even my sister who is 17 weighs more than I do.

    I never used to eat enough, but in the past 6 months i've eaten loads. Still not even one kg of weight gain. I can list what i eat if that helps. I just want to feel normal, at a normal weight.

    I don't do any exercise as I don't see the need to. I'd like to do weight training though to see if that helps. Can anyone recommend where to start? I'd rather do something at home since I can't see myself in a gym though..

    Any sugestions would be appreciated, thanks
    This should be moved to Fitness, where you'll get better advice.

    But this is what Fitness will say:

    You don't enough. Every skinny kid who says "I can eat whatever" actually eats **** all in reality. I know this. It was true of me. You almost certainly eat less than 2000kcal a day, which is nothing.

    Eat more. 3 or 4 balanced meals. Drink plenty of full fat milk (4 pints a day goes down easy, and that's an extra 1000kcal per day). Join a gym. Do Starting Strength.
    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wi..._Strength_Wiki

    Bear in mind that there are no quick fixes. It's a lifestyle change.
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    (Original post by Superhans121)
    google 'progain' - it'll sort you out in no time...
    Don't do this. Maximuscle products are overpriced. The OP needs food, not supplements.
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    (Original post by joshphillips999)
    Well nobody else I know except my dad, at my age his mum brought him to a hospital because she thought he had a really serious problem, he was in a similar position as me, they didn't do anything about it though.

    Up until he was about 30 he gradually kept putting on small amounts of weight, and when he was 30 he was exactly 6ft, and weighed 12 stone, about average, then when he started shift work his meal times were all mucked up so he put on quite a lot of weight, now hes pretty overweight with a BMI of like 27.5, but I guess that was because of his lifestyle.
    My Dad was the same, but he weighed more than 7 stone at my age. My mum and sister are both 8-9 stone. Wish it was easier to gain weight =[
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    (Original post by RawJoh1)
    This should be moved to Fitness, where you'll get better advice.

    But this is what Fitness will say:

    You don't enough. Every skinny kid who says "I can eat whatever" actually eats **** all in reality. I know this. It was true of me. You almost certainly eat less than 2000kcal a day, which is nothing.

    Eat more. 3 or 4 balanced meals. Drink plenty of full fat milk (4 pints a day goes down easy, and that's an extra 1000kcal per day). Join a gym. Do Starting Strength.
    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wi..._Strength_Wiki

    Bear in mind that there are no quick fixes. It's a lifestyle change.
    Pretty much this.
    My one of my housemates was like this, acted like he could eat the whole fridge and stay skinny, and ate whole packets of biscuits at a time to demonstrate this. In reality his other meals were pretty small. He'd make a big meal, saying "look, I eat loads, bahaha I can eat so much food, i just don't gain weight" but then he'd leave half the food.

    Also I used to the think I could eat whatever I wanted and stay relatively slim.. error. I've put on over a stone in 9 months and I wasn't even overeating THAT much.

    You can put on weight.
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    I can eat loads an not put on weight. It does depend on how your body works to a certain extent. These days I don't even make the effort, it makes bugger all difference (well not much anyway).
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    Ultimately though, its simple. Eat more calories than you use up and poo out combined to put on weight. That will mean eating outside your comfort zone.


    If you want to put on healthy weight though, make sure you do weights, exercise and have around 70g of protein a day (for your bodyweight). Don't eat crap just to put on weight - you dont have to.
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    And also I've been eating about 2500 calories a day for months and have lost weight if anything. With no exercise.
    2500 calories is nothing - thats the recommended daily amount for an adult male (ie. not a lot at all). I think the recommended daily amount means the amount you should be eating if the average male wants to stay at the same weight.

    However, the calories needed to keep at the same weight/ gain weight is different for different people. I'm willing to guess that the amount of calories you need to eat to gain weight is above 2500. Try eating 4000 calories a day - ie. eat until you're full, the eat some more. Also, start lifting weights - go on a programme called Mark Rippetoe's starting strength - to get some bulk on you.

    Good luck mate. Also, remember to try and eat a balanced diet - lots of protein because that helps build muscle - and probably some fat to gain weight quick.
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    (Original post by yermaw52)
    you might have an overactive thyroid gland...
    :yep: i agree, my friend had this and had exactly the same problem, she was really skinny. I'd go for some blood tests if I were you OP.
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    (Original post by Reflexive)
    I can eat loads an not put on weight. It does depend on how your body works to a certain extent. These days I don't even make the effort, it makes bugger all difference (well not much anyway).
    No you can't. You THINK you're eating loads, but you're not. What's your average daily food intake?
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    (Original post by RawJoh1)
    No you can't. You THINK you're eating loads, but you're not. What's your average daily food intake?
    Not much anymore

    I just have like, a couple of crumpets/toast/eggs/cereal for breakfast, normally a bageutte/wrap/jacket potato/sandwich maybe with some crisps for lunch, and then a standard dinner (i always make myself healthy portions cus i love food). then some times i'll have the munchies and make some noodles, have some crisps, nuts, or whatever. oh and on average a few pieces of fruit a day.

    when i was caning it (for about a month) i was eating 4 instead of three meals a day with big portions. i put on a paltry amount. so it didnt seem all that extra food and evergy for virtually no gain.

    i don't agree with eating fatty/cheap food to put on weight, like iceland ready meals. no matter how skinny you are, lots of fat clogs up your arteries and is generally bad for you. surely if you want to put on weight being skinny, it is better to have loads of healthy carbs rather than rubbish
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    i'm exactly the same, i'm 44kg and i've been to the doctor but he said its normal, thats just how my body is and theres nothing to worry about.
    but since the holidays started i've noticed i've gotten a tiny bit fatter, i just eat, sleep and take the bus everywhere, EXERCISE IS YOUR ENEMY, REMEMBER THAT! x
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    Its not how much you eat but what you eat really. You could spend all day eating a pile of apples but I doubt you would see an increase. Do some weights and eat more protein. You have to create the demand for growth in your body and then supply it with the things it needs to grow.

    If you still have problems then get a doc to check you out to make sure there are no medical issues.
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    Coming from someone who used to be 8 1/2 stone at 5ft11 and I'm now 6ft1 and weigh more with a totally different body composition:

    MEAT, RICE, VEGETABLES, MILK AND LIFT SOME WEIGHTS

    Especially meat. Eat steak every day if you can afford it.
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    (Original post by Reflexive)
    i don't agree with eating fatty/cheap food to put on weight, like iceland ready meals. no matter how skinny you are, lots of fat clogs up your arteries and is generally bad for you. surely if you want to put on weight being skinny, it is better to have loads of healthy carbs rather than rubbish
    You really should read more.
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    (Original post by Mark Rippetoe)
    You really should read more.
    It would be easier if you explain, since I don't know what reading you are referring to
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    some strange advice going on in this thread

    Go and see a dietician if you think you have a problem. If not, start eating, literally all day. Don't stop eating at all. Oatmeal, milk, steaks, chicken, wholemeal grains etc. Just try and eat as much high calorie food as you possibly can. Peanut butter and cheese are also great for gaining weight.

    Have snacks constantly in between meals, eat an uncomfortable amount!

    Lift weights as well, start on a decent beginners program, starting strength has already being recommended. The West Side for Skinny *******s routine is also pretty decent.
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    I'm 45kg and am trying to put on weight too. If you eat loads of junk food, guys can often go without putting on any weight. My boyfriend just sits around all day and eats sweets, crisps and pizza and he's a stick too.

    try to avoid cardio coz it just burns up kcal but weight training is very good. This article helps me. It has diet and training ideas:
    http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/l...cle4484295.ece
    Ignore that it says 'women', it's the same process for both genders but you can up the kcal slightly and increase the number of reps
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    (Original post by Anonymous)
    And also I've been eating about 2500 calories a day for months and have lost weight if anything. With no exercise.
    :facepalm2:

    If you're serious about wanting to gain weight so desperately you need more than that. Up it to 3500.

    drink loads of milk, lift weights, build muscle
    do something instead of whinging about it
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    Check for overactive thyroid?
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    I wish I was 7 stone
 
 
 
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