How To Gain Weight

Do you all remember how a few months ago I said I was going to try to gain a few pounds? The reason was because I read that women with low body mass indexes can have trouble getting pregnant, and my body mass index was low, so I figured that might be why I was having issues.

Well, the whole gaining weight thing did not go well. I gained about four pounds for about a month, but then I lost it again – and I wasn’t even trying to lose it. For some reason food was just not as appealing once I knew I had to eat it.

Apparently if you skip meals because you don’t feel like eating you’re not going to gain weight. Part of the problem is that when I have to work I get pretty tired when I get home, and then I don’t feel like making a good dinner. Derek usually ends up having leftovers on work days, and I end up skipping dinner. And then sometimes I make dinner but I just don’t feel like eating.

Well, last week I went to see a fertility doctor to see what he thought. And guess what he told me? Apparently I’m too skinny, and he doesn’t think I’m going to ovulate unless I gain weight.

That’s the same thing I thought all those months ago – pretty smart of me, huh?

He recommended I shoot for three well-balanced meals a day, and no skipping. And here’s how you know he’s serious – I asked if I should try to work out to gain muscle or if fat tissue was better. He said that he wanted me to gain healthy weight, but exercising would probably be a little counter-productive. A doctor actually said it might not be good for me to work out too much. Yep, it’s that bad.

I guess it makes sense that you’re not going to ovulate if you don’t eat enough. I was talking to my mom about it, and she said that she thinks it was designed that way. If you aren’t eating your body knows that it barely has enough food to keep you healthy. Your body doesn’t want you to get pregnant if your current food intake isn’t enough to support you and a baby. Hence you don’t ovulate.

So I’ve been eating like crazy for the past few days. The doctor said if I gain about 5% of my weight it might help. That comes out to about six pounds. It probably won’t be too hard to put on the weight, but the hard part is figuring out how to maintain once I get there. I don’t want to keep gaining weight, but I’m worried that if I get to my goal and then cut back on my food intake again that I’ll end up losing the weight.

Gracious, I never knew gaining and maintaining would be so tricky.

I’m hoping that when I gain six pounds I won’t really look heavier. I’m a little worried that I’ll gain the weight and then people will look at me and think “Wow, Callie has put on a few pounds.” I know, I worry too much about what people think. I just have to remember that I’m not letting myself go, I’m doing it on purpose, and hopefully I won’t look heavier, I’ll just look healthier.

Any weight-gaining or maintaining tips? I know, that’s kind of a weird request. Also, any ideas for easy dinners? I need to think of some quick, easy meals or crock-pot dinners that I can make on the days that I have to work, so that I’ll actually eat. Derek will probably appreciate not having to eat leftovers on work days too.

As always, prayers are appreciated!

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Brittney Galloway said...

Hmm, that's tough. Have you ever used Carnation Instant Breakfast (chocolate?) It's a vitamin/mineral rich drink that has a high calorie level, that you can mix into milk and drink as a whole meal, or, for you, as a snack in between meals. I had a metabolism issue back my freshman year of college and had to intake almost 2-3 times of calories. The instant breakfast made it a little more bearable without me feeling like I was eating junk!

Jenene said...

Eating protein for every meal will help you gain and maintain muscle mass, so it's still healthy weight gain. Eggs are great for this.

Milk also contains a lot of protein and fat, so there's another good source. Keep your good fats up: nuts and seeds, olive oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, fish oil, and avocados.

Don't start inhaling tons of grains all of sudden. All that gluten will just continue to mess with your hormones, and you don't want that.

CAC said...

Very cute blog! So, I agree with both comments, try to up the intake of things like avacado, nuts and seeds, olive oil, etc. Also, drinking something like Ensure (ick, i know) or Carnation, etc, would be good. They are high in calories and nutrients too. Then, there's always ice cream and hamburgers. :)

Unknown said...

I would love it if a doctor told me to not exercise :) However, your doing this for very good reasons and I wish you the best of luck :)

~M~ said...

Good luck! Maybe aim for 6 mini meals a day?

Anne @ Sincerely, Britches said...

Aww, that's a tough one. Protein like pretty much everybody has suggested is a good way to put on some 'healthy' weight. Nuts, eggs, avacados, etc. Also Peanut Butter smoothies with vanilla yogurt, peanut butter, some chocolate syrup and a frozen banana and loaded with protein and a bit fattening.
Hang in there, girl.

Jaime G. said...

protein is the healthy way. but you'll easily tire of eating so much of it (okay, i do anyway). pasta is an easy way to gain some weight... do the whole grain and eat it in moderation of course.
and i had a friend sthat would drink pediasure to help her.

or, i'm a fan of sucking the fat out of me and giving it to you. i can get you a j-lo booty easily! hahaha. one day, people we really be doing that. gross!

Kara @ Just1Step said...

I had a time frame when I couldn't eat much because of a medication I was on. (It killed my appetite.) I also had issues at the beginning of my pregnancy. In both cases, I drank Carnation Instant Breakfast like Brittney recommended. It really is a good gives you the vitamins and minerals you need plus some calories. I'd recommend trying to drink one with every meal. You can often find coupons in the Sunday paper or you could probably find some online if you're worried at all about the price of them.

Oh my other recommendation would be to just drink lots of Starbucks lattes. :)

Jessica said...

I've actually been doing a lot of research on this sort of thing lately for my own knowledge since my cycles are so irregular. I've found the best thing to do is to eat really well balanced meals, without too much carbs. Also, limit the caffeine. I like Brittany's idea of eating Carnation Instant Breakfasts. When I was in elementary school I was always really underweight b/c I was a preemie and had a really high metabolism and just couldn't gain weight! The doctor actually told my mom to feed me lots of milkshakes. it may not be the healthiest thing, but it helped me gain weight when I was little :-) And she also made me drink the Carnation Instant Breakfasts every morning. It was really fun for me to get to eat milkshakes and the Instant Breakfasts, which were like chocolate milk :-) Along with a balanced diet of course! I hope this works, and I'm still praying for you!

Kelley said...

i agree with everyone else. Protein shakes and things like ensure might help as well. having those in your fridge might make it easy especially if you get super tired and don't feel like a big meal.

BTW I mailed your package today! I hope you get it by the end of the week! YOu could just drink that hot cocoa for a long should help out too!

Jen | Our Life Accounts said...

Protein and starches! Also, switch to full fat stuff (both in dairy stuff and in "good" fat stuff). I've had times when I've absolutely had to put on weight and it's tough but it's also gotta be a slow process if you want it to stick. Just taking it day to day and making sure I ate 5ish meals a day as well as carrying snacks in my purse helped a lot.

Unknown said...

I know my comment is a little late but i am going through the same thing right now! I have been struggling with not eating enough for 7 years now (boarderline eating disorder) and now that we want to get pregnant I am forced to deal with my issue, eat more, and gain some weight! it is really hard and i am struggling with same feelings of "what will others think" too. I have found that what is working best is to stick to healthy, somewhat higher calories things (i am addicted to peanut butter right now) and everytime you are hungry eat something! I am praying for you!! if you need to talk i am always here :)

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