Expert Advice for Those Who Want to Gain Weight.


Yes, as we can see from so many posts here at Metabolism.com, some folks just can’t slow their metabolism down and keep their weight up! It is true some people just have a “high metabolism”… they burn up Calories like they were a fiery furnace. My professor at Columbia University’s College of Physician and Surgeons Institute of Human Nutrition was such an individual. He was tall and thin and took part in a study where he consumed an extra 6,000 Calories per day for 2 weeks and didn’t gain a pound! This can actually be frustrating for some people and needs to be addressed as seriously as the desire for weight loss is. No one wants to just gain adipose tissue (fat) either. Most people want to gain HEALTHY WEIGHT by increasing their lean body mass/muscle. A person’s total Calorie, protein, carbohydrate, fat and fluid needs depend on their height, weight, activity, gender, age, and yes, their metabolism! Metabolic rate can actually be measured by an indirect calorimetry machine. Once we know what your basal or resting metabolic rate is, we would factor in activity and other variables. It is always important to work on a weight gain program with a nutrition professional. Nutrition plans and supplementation should be developed by a professional so that you are not led astray and given misinformation. We have had inquiries about supplements such as L-carnitine and CLA for example. Always learn the basics about a supplement and see if it is really appropriate for YOU to use. I will answer quickly about L-carnitine because it is a popular supplement. Think of a CAR… it can carry things… CARnitine is like a little car that carries fatty acids across the cell membrane and into the mitochondria where they can be burned for fuel. We are able to produce carnitine ourselves and it is found in most animal based foods. However, some people may not produce enough and functional levels can be determined by a Spectracell test (see SpectraCell.com Comprehensive Nutritional Panel). Now, that is just a little Nutrition 101 for CARnitine… there is more where that came from, and as always,

Consider having an individualized consultation!
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Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N
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  • London

    I am a 20 year old male an i been weighing 120l/b for 3 years now i eat more then everybody in my house also sleep more i also workout an nothings working im 5’5 an lost on any thoughts of how i can gain atleast one pound

  • Hello everyone… I see more new posts on the need for HEALTHY WEIGHT GAIN. Check out the blog post here and also under “latest discussions” for more tips on healthy weight gain and as always, consider having an individualized consultation!
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    Beth Ellen DiLuglio, MS, RD, CNSD, CCN, LD/N
    In regards to this reply please read the our terms of service at:http://www.metabolism.com/legal_disclaimer/

  • Hi, I am a 40 yr. old male, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypothyroidisim. I have weighed between 118 and 122 most of my adult life and have not been able to gain an ounce more. I eat like food is going out of style and it does no good, any advice would be much appreciated.

  • Beth Ellen DiLuglio

    Hello Patrick. I can list a few references, but for professional advice, I recommend a comprehensive consultation. There are several posts about gaining weight but you may have special requirements in view of your stated condition. For information and guidance for fibromyalgia, I highly recommend Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum’s webite http://www.endfatigue.com/ He has personal experience to draw from and expert medical guidance. Of course hypothyroidism needs to be addressed by a physician, but if you are under treatment and want to learn more about the symptoms and the disorder, I recommend http://www.thyroidbook.com/.