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Posted by
Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

I have an unusual problem. I need to gain weight. Please don't tell me how lucky I am. A 19 year old skinny girl is lucky, not a 51 year old woman. Since I eat healthy-low fat, whole grains, fruits and veggies, no sugar, meat 1X a week, no dairy, exercise aerobically 3X a week, I don't know how I will ever gain the 10lbs. I need. I recently doubled the amount of fat in my diet by eating chips bought at the health food store but I haven't gained anything. There are a zillion books on losing weight and I don't want to go the body building route and increase protein. To me too much protein is unhealthy. Anyone know anything about this? Thank you.



Re: unusual problem

Posted by suggestion on July 09, 2003 at 16:28:05:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

perhaps you are at your ideal weight? Why do you feel you need to gain any?

What IS your weight/height/build?


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Re: unusual problem

Posted by observer on July 09, 2003 at 16:50:59:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

Hi, I think Helping You can help here. Low fat diets are a fad. Your body needs fat, but the right kind. BUT, don't eat unhealthy fat, like that in processed foods. Unless you are allergic to dairy, EAT IT, but try to get organic. Also, stop worrying. That will do you harm.


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Solution

Posted by Lincoln on July 09, 2003 at 17:57:56:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

#1. Ditch the aerobic exercise. Start a decent strength training program instead.

#2. Eat more.

You need more good fats (which is NOT chips from the 'health food store') You also need more protein. Consider eating more salmon and trout to cover both issues. I understand what you are saying about not wanting to eat more protein, even though it's based on bad science. However, it sounds like you don't get enough protein for a sedentary person, never mind an active person and certainly nowhere near what an athlete would need. You are in no danger of EVER becoming a bodybuilder.



Re: unusual problem

Posted by many moons on July 09, 2003 at 20:21:16:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

Bananas and beer were the two of the items I remember
a Doctor suggesting to my skinny room mate who wanted to add some flesh to her frame.



Re: usual way of thinking

Posted by peterb on July 09, 2003 at 21:29:06:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

Your body isn't a thing to engineer but a gift to nurture. Evaluate your nutritional status and allow your body to heal itself if there is some disfunction.

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Re: Solution

Posted by Joanie on July 10, 2003 at 06:48:01:

In Reply to: Solution posted by Lincoln on July 09, 2003 at 17:57:56:

Lincoln is there a book or video that you would recommend for someone just starting out on a strength training program?

Joanie



Re: unusual problem (Archive in weight gain.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 10, 2003 at 09:12:07:

In Reply to: unusual problem posted by Marian on July 09, 2003 at 16:24:21:

Hi, Marian.

Others have posted soem very good questions. Are you aware that people that are a little underweight live longer and have less chronic illness than the rest of us?

What are you doing about SR?

Walt

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This is another example...

Posted by Lincoln on July 10, 2003 at 10:50:04:

In Reply to: Re: unusual problem posted by many moons on July 09, 2003 at 20:21:16:

... of why doctors shouldn't give out diet and exercise advice. They don't have the training for it, just the ego.

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Books and such

Posted by Lincoln on July 10, 2003 at 10:57:34:

In Reply to: Re: Solution posted by Joanie on July 10, 2003 at 06:48:01:

Most of them are targeted at guys, but the principles of strength training are the same for women. Only the amount of weight on the bar is different:

Brawn, by McRobert
Super Squats, by Strossen
Dinosaur Training, by Kubik
The Complete Keys to Progress, by McCallum
Powerlifting Basic, by Kelso
Olympic-Style Weightlifting Tape & Manual, by Schmitz
The Encyclopedia of Weightlifting, by Dreschler
The Strongest Shall Survive, by Starr
Tight Wad's Guide to Home Gym, by Askem

Most books you'll find in the mass-market retail book stores are complete crap. Pink dumbells, empty promises, and no results. Go to http://www.ironmind.com and look in the book section there.



Re: Solution

Posted by sold on weight training! on July 10, 2003 at 11:24:30:

In Reply to: Re: Solution posted by Joanie on July 10, 2003 at 06:48:01:


I like all the books by Joyce L. Vedral, PH.D, for women's
free weight workouts. I've used specifically "The Fat Burning Workout" routines for over 12 years, and also bought the "Definition" book for my Mom who is less inclined to buy dumbbells and a workout bench. The plus to these plans is the aerobic feature. Many times, I've skipped the aerobic feature and just bumped up the routines for muscle mass and definition--successfully.
A real blast to do, especially with the stereo cranked!
I have not worked out in several years, and have grown pudgy and flabby, but I still have some great muscle shape left from the years of these workouts. :)

Last time I looked, these books were out of print. TOO BAD! You may be able to find them at Amazon--???

Weight training is FUN--best part about it is the great high, and tremendous over all feeling of well being it generates & does remarkable wonders for the female physique!!!!

Good Luck!



Re: Solution

Posted by ...ps on July 10, 2003 at 11:33:03:

In Reply to: Re: Solution posted by sold on weight training! on July 10, 2003 at 11:24:30:

Just to clarify, I gained muscle mass from these workouts and lost the flab I didn't need (or want.)In your case, skip the aerobic feature(all in the speed and timing of these sets) and just do the exercises. Results? Tight, firm, curvy, plump beautiful muscles...will fill out your frame and change the "skinny" look to lean and mean"--:)Can't get any better than that!



Re: Solution

Posted by a link on July 10, 2003 at 12:03:51:

In Reply to: Re: Solution posted by ...ps on July 10, 2003 at 11:33:03:

http://www.joycevedral.com/

ps...PINK DUMBELLS...LOLOLOL!!! NO WAY! :DDD!!!



Vedral

Posted by Lincoln on July 10, 2003 at 12:28:11:

In Reply to: Re: Solution posted by a link on July 10, 2003 at 12:03:51:

Joyce Vedral is okay, but pretty typical of the "let's apply bodybuilding principles to fitness" mentality of the mass market fitness media. In other words, what she knows she learned from bodybuilders. Bodybuilding is not the same thing as fitness.

Her chief goal is to get women to lift weights at all, which is a noble goal, but it does not necessarily mean she uses the most effective methods. I think there are more knowledgable experts. Still, she does okay for someone whose background is in English Lit, not exercise science.

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Re: Books and such (Archive in exercise.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on July 11, 2003 at 06:22:08:

In Reply to: Books and such posted by Lincoln on July 10, 2003 at 10:57:34:

Thanks, Lincoln.

Walt

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Re: Books and such

Posted by Joanie on July 11, 2003 at 07:48:17:

In Reply to: Books and such posted by Lincoln on July 10, 2003 at 10:57:34:

Thank you Lincoln!

Joanie

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