I Don't Eat Much And I Still Gain Weight. It's Been Like This Since I Was A Teen. I Know Something Is Wrong, But The Doctors Say They Can't Help. Am I Alone?


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Christy Muller Profile
Christy Muller answered

I can GUARANTEE you... You don't realize how much you're eating and/or you are eating the wrong types of foods(calorie dense foods).

You would come to this realization quickly if you actually counted every single calorie that went into your body daily and measured out all your food with a food scale.

You see...

Your body requires a certain amount of calories to maintain it's current
weight (body weight in lbs x 15)...so if you were 200 pounds, that would be 200x15 = 3,000 calories/day.

If you are adding weight, you ARE eating over this number!

Now not all foods are created the same...You could eat a pound of broccoli and only add 154 calories to your daily caloric intake, or you could eat a pound of pizza and add 1,200 calories to your daily intake.

Both foods are just 1 pound, but there is a VAST difference in the calories you're adding.

It is common for those who are trying to lose weight to underestimate how many calories they are actually taking in each day so you are in good company.

The important thing is to realize you DON'T have a problem...that all it is is that you are taking in too many calories over your maintenance...then take steps towards eating less than your maintenance to begin losing the weight.

To lose 1 pound you need to be in a deficit of 3,500 calories.  So if
you ate 500 calories less than this 3,000 each day (2,500 cals/day) you would lose 1 pound each week.

Couple that with 1 hour of cardio each day (500 calories burned/h on
average)..you'll burn another 1 pound a week.

This explains in detail how to set it all up...

Arsalan Maqbool Profile
Arsalan Maqbool answered
Please do not starve your self.You have such a good ratio like 6'4", 314 lbs which many males will consider ideal.What you need is proper weight training which will make you more muscular and which is better than looking very skinny.
thanked the writer.
John Lonsinger
John Lonsinger commented
No, I would never starve myself. That would defeat the purpose. The three days I didn't eat, I drank water. I just did this as a test, to see if I would gain weight even by eating nothing. I did gain weight during those three days (5lbs!) and that is why I'm frustrated. There has to be something medically wrong for this to happen. My doctor is not helping. I believe a nutritional specialist is my next step. Thanks for your answer. I appreciate it!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
You have a low metabolism. Instead of not eating...exercise! Do loads of exercise and you'll notice a difference! Trust!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Well I don't know how old is this post but I want to help so listen..you should make a test on your Insulin resistance(google it) . Than might be the reason you gain weight even if you eat simple  foods. Ask your doctor might know better
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Anonymous answered
Have your Doctor test for Hyperthyroidism. This could be a reason. Do you take nexium or anything for acid reflux. This can take away from digesting stomach acids. Try not eating after 6 pm. Talk to your doctor about a slow processing stomach.
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Anonymous answered
I understand what your going through, I wanted to lose a few pounds and nothing worked so I tried only eating once a day (just 400 calories) or not at all, after a week I have put on half a stone???? And I didnt replace my meals with drinks which are fattening. I found the only way I can maintain weight is to exercise but at extreme levels most would not be able to handle and I found that if for any reason I can't exercise even eating less result in almost instant weight gain and I don't mean 1 or 2 pounds which can easily be explained by things other than fat such as having food still in your stomach or having drank more. I'm talking 7 or 8 pounds after a day or two. Iv been to the doctors and he doesnt have any explanation and said that I am mostly likely unaware of what I am eating???? Rubbish I know what I am eating everything from calories to which flavouring are natural or not, the type of sugar to fat. I don't think its anything to do with hormones as I know people with these conditions; there unable to maintain weigth at all regardless of what they do or eat, I think some of us are lucky and some of us have to work hard, people who are naturally skinny and lose a pound or two when they eat loads are subject to having something work with them, there is nothing wrong with me or anyone else in my situation, lifes hard get over it

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