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Too much of a good thing - weight gain

Posted by
Sara on May 19, 1999 at 18:56:54:

Walt,

Well, I added the third leg to the wellness stool back in February by doing the elimination diet and food testing, and am now following the whole foods diet (under the guidelines of "The Healing Power of Whole Foods"). A strict H-G diet didn't work for me, so I used my body as a lab, and modified until I found what worked for me (I guess you could say I'm on a metabolic diet - but it's specifically for MY metabolism). I feel terrific now, lots of energy and stable mood, and weight gain (which I needed). I have had a life-long problem with being underweight, but through the e-diet and food testing I actually put on weight. I was thrilled, but now I would like it to stop!

I am 5'8" and was all the way down to 120 lbs. a couple of years ago. I always have lost weight easily, and it's always been hard to gain (and keep it on). But I had finally put on weight before starting the e-diet, and actually weighed 136 lbs. at the time I started. That was still kind of low for my height, so when I started gaining more weight, I was very happy. However, I now weigh 145 lbs., and am starting to worry about actually becoming overweight (for the first time in my life). I should add that although I am tall, I have a very small frame, so TOO much more weight is going to look very odd on me.

In an attempt to halt this steady weight gain, I have cut back to 2 meals per day, and have done this for a week now. I don't feel any difference in energy, in fact I feel as energetic as ever! I just want to know if this is unhealthy, and if it would be better to still eat 3 meals per day, and just cut down on the amount I'm eating at each meal?

Thanks!
Sara



Re: Too much of a good thing - weight gain

Posted by Johnelle on May 19, 1999 at 19:37:40:

In Reply to: Too much of a good thing - weight gain posted by Sara on May 19, 1999 at 18:56:54:

Hi, Sara, good to hear you are feeling so well!!!

Your weight and height are so similar to mine, but I'm still stuck at the 120 and wanting to gain. Of course, I'm the gal with no grains or dairy or beef in her life right now.

This doesn't pertain to you, probably, but I discovered finally why I have never been able to put on weight like other people, though I ate more than anyone I knew. It turns out I am very acidic, and when I posted to Bob about my concern of continuing to lose weight in the next several months, he said he's 6'3" and weighed 138 at one point in his 18-month struggle! He also said with summer coming on I would probably not lose like I did in the winter (made NO sense to me at the time though).

I was finishing up my BioBalance book and got clarification on Bob's statement. It said people with extreme acidosis burn off dietary fat and blood sugar very rapidly, and cold weather makes your system naturally more acidic, so they burn it even faster in the winter than other people. I guess I'll feel and look better this summer, might even be able to eat a little less H-G for a fling or two!

I'll be interested in Bob's reply to your post.
My best to you.
Johnelle



Re: Too much of a good thing - weight gain

Posted by
Robert McFerran on May 19, 1999 at 23:27:12:

In Reply to: Too much of a good thing - weight gain posted by Sara on May 19, 1999 at 18:56:54:

Sara,

Don't worry, I've experienced the same thing. Like Johnelle I was really concerned with gaining back weight along with some muscle and found that as cold winter weather was replaced with warmer temps that I was gaining a couple of pounds a week (something that was IMPOSSIBLE during the cold weather months).

This was due to several things. I was still eating a LOT of fat -- basically the same meal make-up and portion size that I was doing during the winter. I also found myself drinking more water to stay better hydrated so no doubt there was some extra water weight involved.

I lightened up on the fat a bit and on the portion size and the weight gain immediately stopped. I DO think that we H-G's are programmed to be able to eat more in the way of fruits and vegetables and less in the way of very fatty meats during summer months. Animals killed during warmer months were also leaner than winter months.

Sara, I think that you would be wise to still eat three meals a day rather than two. I also think that you'll find if you bump up your exercise (even just walking more) that you'll start to drop pounds again.

Congratulations on finding your metabolic balance! You'll find that it changes a bit throughout the year.



Thanks, but I'm really hoping to get some guidance from Walt....

Posted by
Sara on May 20, 1999 at 08:57:55:

In Reply to: Re: Too much of a good thing - weight gain posted by Robert McFerran on May 19, 1999 at 23:27:12:

....and contrary to what you've found, it has been my experience throughout my life that if I'm going to gain weight, it's going to happen in the winter. Although I always had a problem putting on pounds (and keeping them on), if I was going to do it, it was in the winter. I don't think I've ever been able to gain in the summer; in fact, that's usually when I lose weight.

Sara



Re: Thanks, but I'm really hoping to get some guidance from Walt....

Posted by
Robert McFerran on May 20, 1999 at 11:55:13:

In Reply to: Thanks, but I'm really hoping to get some guidance from Walt.... posted by Sara on May 20, 1999 at 08:57:55:

Sorry Sara,

I'm sure Walt will be by shortly with some comments to help!

Bob



Testimonial from Sara.

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 20, 1999 at 13:24:57:

In Reply to: Thanks, but I'm really hoping to get some guidance from Walt.... posted by Sara on May 20, 1999 at 08:57:55:

Hi, Sara.

First of all, healthy peopole are neither fat nor skinny.

You can expect that your weight may get 10# over before it starts going back on its own. Your pendulum will swing till it settles on the ideal weight for you.

NOW, having said that, we all metabolize stuff differently as we get older. SO, you might find that as your system stabilizes that you will have to watch your weight. If so, weigh at least 3 times a week on the same scale at the same time of day and reduce your intake when you are persistantly more than #2 over your desired weight--until you are consistantly about #2 under your desired weight.

Also, be aware that, as you get healthier, you will gain muscle mass & will want to be more active. You may find that your healthy weight is more than you think..

Congratulations on your wonderful progress & thanks for your sharing it with the BB.

Walt




Re: Testimonial from Sara - another question for Walt

Posted by
Sara on May 20, 1999 at 13:44:29:

In Reply to: Testimonial from Sara. posted by Walt Stoll on May 20, 1999 at 13:24:57:

Walt,

Thanks for your input on this. It seems so ironic to me that after years of trying everything I could to gain weight, I may very soon have to start working at losing some! And although my healthy weight may end up being more than I originally thought, too much more is going to really look strange on my small frame. I will, however, keep the pendulum in mind....

I still need to know, though, if my cutting back to 2 meals per day is okay. I have done this for a week now, and I don't feel any difference in energy, in fact I feel as energetic as ever! I just want to know if this is unhealthy, and if it would be better to still eat 3 meals per day, and just cut down on the amount I'm eating at each meal?

Thanks!
Sara



Re: Testimonial from Sara - another question for Walt

Posted by Walt Stoll on May 21, 1999 at 13:02:34:

In Reply to: Re: Testimonial from Sara - another question for Walt posted by Sara on May 20, 1999 at 13:44:29:

Hi, Sara.

Bob may correct me on this but MY resources say that in caveman days most often one meal was eaten.

I see no problem with 2 meals a day. Look at the ancient Chinese texts about which time of the 24 hour cycle the intestinal tract & liver are ascendent. That would be the best time for the meals.

Walt



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