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A 23-year-old member asked:

I feel like i am underweight for my height...how can i gain about 5 pounds while i am workin out to just get my body toned up?

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Dr. Sa Nn
Dr. Sa Nnanswered
Endocrinology 24 years experience
Check your diet: You can meet with a dietician to make a meal plan. Usually, you should have your metabolic needs estimated , taking into accout your activity level. Then you should track your food intake and calorie count using " my food advisor: http://tracker.Diabetes.Org/ or apps on your phone, if convenient. This would help estimate if your caloric intake is adequate. If not gaining weigth stil, see your md.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
It would be important to rule out disorders causing weight loss, e.g. thyroid hyperactivity, malabsorption
Jan 25, 2012
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Eat healthy foods: high in calories. Eat 6 meals /day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Work out w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 - 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, protein shakes & bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, smoothies
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Last updated Dec 5, 2018


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