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    Jan 05, 2011 8:20 PM GMT
    ok so I'm just 18 and
    i'm 7.5 stone = 105 pounds = 47.6271989 kilograms
    i'm 5.8 and i checked my bmi and it says i'm underweight
    other than that i'm really healthy pretty fit have a skinny pack ect. i was wondering how to put on some weigh but keeping my body in shape as well? any tips would be great thanks icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 05, 2011 8:38 PM GMT
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:12 PM GMT
    First and foremost- you have to eat like a champ. I see that you live in Ireland, is that correct?

    Anyway if that's the case, then there are two parts to fitness- nutrition and exercise. You say that you want to gain weight, so first things first- join a gym, invest in weight-lifting equipment (which probably isn't likely, assuming you live in Dublin proper) or something related. Here's a site that can help you locate a gym: http://www.gyms.ie/

    Also, nutrition. High protein is a corner stone, get the proper amounts of vits and mins, etc. I assume that you've been a skinny guy all of your life and that you're one of those lucky bastards who can eat whatever and not gain a pound of fat. If that's the case, then you should also incorporate mass gainers into your diet. High in calories and protein, these can help you put on muscle. I found another site that can help you. http://www.sportsnutritionireland.ie/home.php?cat=272 Also you can go to the home page if you don't need those. I hope that helps.
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:34 PM GMT
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    Bullwinklemoos saidFirst and foremost- you have to eat like a champ. I see that you live in Ireland, is that correct?

    Anyway if that's the case, then there are two parts to fitness- nutrition and exercise. You say that you want to gain weight, so first things first- join a gym, invest in weight-lifting equipment (which probably isn't likely, assuming you live in Dublin proper) or something related. Here's a site that can help you locate a gym: http://www.gyms.ie/

    Also, nutrition. High protein is a corner stone, get the proper amounts of vits and mins, etc. I assume that you've been a skinny guy all of your life and that you're one of those lucky bastards who can eat whatever and not gain a pound of fat. If that's the case, then you should also incorporate mass gainers into your diet. High in calories and protein, these can help you put on muscle. I found another site that can help you. http://www.sportsnutritionireland.ie/home.php?cat=272 Also you can go to the home page if you don't need those. I hope that helps.


    yes i'm from ireland - dublin outer city so pretty big house which could fit gym equipment but as i said i'm 18 still in school and jobless i can't really afford the gym, anything i can do at home? and yes never put on weight no matter what i eat! and thanks for your links checking them out now!
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    Jan 05, 2011 10:55 PM GMT
    Do you have a Craigslist or equivalent? You can find yourself some dumbells, bench, bar and a couple plates on there usually pretty cheap from those who buy and quickly become discouraged. I picked up a squat cage from the local police dept for $10 last October from Craigslist! It pays check once in a while.

    Like BullWinkleMoose said though, plenty of protein rich meals spread throughout the day, probably 150g + or - starting for your size.
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    Jan 05, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    I'm in the same shoes as you.
    What I've been advised is to eat lots of food each day (at least 2500 calories). Not 2500 cal in one sitting but divide it in the day to balance it all through out.
    Along side that, get some work out stuff. I first got the 'Iron Gym' and it's a good start on strength training. Plus you can do a lot of stuff with it. But my friends said that it wasn't enough so I was told to join a gym and so I did.
    So a typical day for us could be like.. wakeup > eat > snack >do whatever > eat or snack some more > do other stuff > work out > drink protein shake along the next meal > couple of pushups or situps before heading to bed > snack some more if not yet sleepy > sleep > wakeup.
    I'm not sure if it's working for me at all but I've only started a few months back so I'll be continuing.

    PS: I still have my skinny pack. Well, I think so.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:27 AM GMT
    Let us know how you do. A good protein shake before worked for me.
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    Jan 06, 2011 12:42 AM GMT
    eat a hot pocket before you go to bed each night
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:00 AM GMT
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    Jan 06, 2011 1:01 AM GMT
    I have been underweight ever since middle school...its not that bad - own it and just get nice and toned
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    Jan 06, 2011 7:48 AM GMT
    thanks for all the comments so far also is there any exercises i could do at home until i can afford to join gym? (without equipment) ideal for me would be pecs and then a 6 pack
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    Jan 06, 2011 7:56 AM GMT
    I weighed about 130 lbs 5 years ago. It was a long uphill battle that was aided by two things.

    1) LOTS of food: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before bed. Whole milk. Beer, Meat & Potatoes, etc. etc. I ate until I felt like I was going to explode. I tricked my body into starvation mode by eating fewer but larger meals each day. This is basically the opposite of the strategy that overweight people use (smaller meals more often throughout the day to lose weight).

    2) The natural slowing down of my metabolism: wait a few years. Most people's metabolisms start slowing down naturally in their mid to late 20's. This should help you keep on some weight.

    As for working out at home, do a Google search for 'body weight exercises'. Since you are just starting out, these should be enough to develop your body until you are ready for a big boy gym. Push ups, squats, pull ups, lunges, etc. can all be done with no weights.
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:01 AM GMT
    http://sites.google.com/site/ymcadublin/fitness/membershiprates

    Looks like the Y in Dublin has some pretty cheap rates for unemployed and full time students. 210 per year.. 125 for 6 months. etc. and a fitness facility according to their website.. have you checked that out.
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:08 AM GMT
    Don't worry, you'll gain the weight with age! haha. My best friend is about 3 years older than I, and he's been underweight all his life. Unfortunately, when he hit 25, things started changing....and staying naturally fit was a little harder than it use to be for him. He was still slim (roughly 98 lbs), but it was more fat than anything. Long story short, he decided to get a gym membership and got an aggressive training buddy that helped him pack on about 20 lbs. (Not all muscle, but most of it is) He's bigger and stronger than ever now! His secret? Hard work, protein powder, and creatine.

    As for myself. I'm not a big fan of creatine. Protein supplements are good though. Make sure you take one after a workout if you don't have time to eat, and also try taking a shake when you wake up and when you sleep. That might be excessive for some, but for us ectomorphs, we need it! Only problem....protein can get kinda pricey. When I found out I was lactose-intolerant...it got even more expensive because I couldn't use regular Whey protein.

    As for tips while you don't have equipment or a gym membership. Push ups, sit ups, and pull ups (get a pull up bar....shouldn't be too bad).

    Also check out the link below. It's Men's Health's outdoor workout and its free for a limited time.

    https://shop.menshealth.com/downloads/outdoor-workout.html
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    Jan 06, 2011 8:08 AM GMT

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    Jan 06, 2011 9:45 AM GMT
    I know what you are going through, when I was 18 I weighed 120 pounds and had about 5" on you.

    Now, 5 years later, I weigh about 145 pounds. It's not a lot more, but I'm starting to gain about 2 pounds a month.

    See if you can join a gym, if not, look for a home workout. And follow the advice the other guys gave, eating enough protein, carbs and (healthy) fats.

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    Jan 06, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    BiJamie said

    yes i'm from ireland - dublin outer city so pretty big house which could fit gym equipment but as i said i'm 18 still in school and jobless i can't really afford the gym, anything i can do at home? and yes never put on weight no matter what i eat! and thanks for your links checking them out now!


    There are some things you can do. Scott Herman has some exercises on his youtube profile that you can use without weights.

    Some of the more popular ones include:

    -push-ups
    -pull-ups (use whatever- you can find something online that you can put on your bedroom door or even just find a tree with a thick branch; that's what I used to do way back in the day icon_lol.gif )
    -squats (weighted is better, imo, but these can be done without)

    And quite a few others that I can't think of off the top of my head, but just because I can't think of them doesn't mean they don't exist. lol Just do your research and keep in touch; see if our advice has worked.
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    Feb 16, 2011 11:13 AM GMT
    If you really want to gain weight then eat more servings your usual meals. Do not eat junk food, or worse ache your, your muscles shrink and replace them with fats and you will not be a happy person. speak with the gym teacher, gym instructor or a doctor / dermatologist cause these problems your mother does not have a clue what she is talking.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Feb 21, 2011 12:08 PM GMT
    The reason why your underweight is because you are an under eater! Keep a food log and figure out how many calories you eat a day and increase it! I am a hard gainer, ectomorph. I thought I ate a lot but then I started to actually count my calories and saw that I wasn't even eating that much. Now I eat 3500 calories a day and I have actually gained weight! icon_biggrin.gif
  • Runningonempt...

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    Feb 21, 2011 12:22 PM GMT
    Interesting idea here... GO see a CERTIFIED nutritionist, someone who has a degree in helping people with weight issues. Not some message board on the internet.
  • kjomart

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    Feb 22, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    Have you made any progress with gaining weight? I'm considered underweight as well. (My friends tease me and call me anorexic sometimes lol...all in good fun of course). Being only 5'2" tall and 105 I'm considered skinny/anorexic/unhealthy icon_smile.gif lol. Don't get me wrong, I love going to the gym 3-4 times a week and lifting weights, both free and machine, doing laps in the pool, etc to help build muscle; but I am a runner by nature and am doing 2 marathons, three 5Ks, a 12K, etc this year. I constantly eat and I am not used to eating so many calories, and everyone labels me as skinny, but when they see me with my shirt off they can't believe I'm as toned as I am. I could definitely put on more muscle mass, but for now running is my passion.

    My advice is like all the others: eat and eat and eat! Then research on the internet and find ways to exercise at home without weights/dumb bells/etc, and use the outdoors as your exercise. Go for a hike, chuck some logs or big stones for fun lol..do push ups on a log, etc. Tailor your exercises for meet your lifestyle.
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    Feb 23, 2011 12:58 PM GMT
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    Apr 15, 2011 1:39 PM GMT

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    Apr 16, 2011 11:53 AM GMT
    BiJamie saidok so I'm just 18 and
    i'm 7.5 stone = 105 pounds = 47.6271989 kilograms
    i'm 5.8 and i checked my bmi and it says i'm underweight
    other than that i'm really healthy pretty fit have a skinny pack ect. i was wondering how to put on some weigh but keeping my body in shape as well? any tips would be great thanks icon_smile.gif


    In order to gain weight, you need to consume more calories than you are currently taking in every day.I recommend the following diet.
    1) Add cheese, nuts and dressings made with olive, walnut or canola oil to salads.
    2) Eat starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn more often.
    3) Go for dried fruits or fruit juices as healthy higher calorie snacks.
    4) Add cream or cheese sauces to fish and baked chicken breast.

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    Apr 16, 2011 12:29 PM GMT
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    From anorexic to Men's Health cover material takes years of hard work, even if you do your homework flawlessly. The amount of lean mass you can add is limited by your genetics, above which all weight you add will be fat. If you don't have the money to buy the right food and pay for a gym, don't beat a dead horse: focus on the most important thing which is getting a job, only then you'll be able to afford the uphill battle awaiting you. icon_cool.gif