Help Needed

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    Nov 20, 2008 11:23 AM GMT
    I am 5' 9" , 22 year's old and currently weigh 112lb. The reason I am here is to seek friendship and help from people so I can regain my health and fitness. I grew up in the States as a child and returned to my homeland Pakistan six years ago. I was 145lbs when I came back to Pakistan. After returning I got sick from typhoid and my weight was under 100lb. Then I recovered and weighed 135lbs. After a huge struggle to regain this weight and strength I got typhoid again and was hit by a car and severely injured. These two things together left me weighing less than 90lbs. Prior to these things happening I was 145lb and extremely fit and healthy.

    I am asking for help from anyone here who can assist me to get myself back to being the healthy guy I once was. I am finding it more and more difficult to do this alone. Having a special diet and seeing specialists is helping me but I really want and need friends to encourage me and assist me in ways I can continue to get better. I have a major fear that if I can't start to gain more weight I will die. This last winter was one that I could only just bare and don't think I can see another one without gaining more weight.
    I am a genuine guy just asking for some friends to help me. I feel so alone in this struggle and really would appreciate any suggestions, comment's or training plan's that you know of.

    I am going to the gym three to four times a week doing weight training to build muscle tone and am on a diet prescribed by a medical professional but these two things alone are somehow not enough. The feeling that I'm doing it for nothing and no one is starting to eat away at me. I am not in a relationship and would love to be able to someday be well enough to. I had been placed on a high carb, protein and sugar diet by one specialist but am now under the care of a different specialist who has told me that no sugar should be in my diet. I love sugar, ice cream and choc chip cookies are my favorites and wow it's hard to not be able to eat things I really enjoy but I'm willing to do anything it takes to make myself well and get back to being able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Have you or someone you know had a similar problem? If so I would love to hear from you so I know I'm not alone and know that it's possible for me to get my life back.
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:10 PM GMT
    Well, I am not a medical doctor so I am very hesitant to offer you advice since you are under a doctor's care. I do not know about doctor's in Pakistan, but I know that here in the United States doctors are among the last people I would go to for nutrition advice. Here when doctors go to medical school they learn about disease and the treatment of disease. They learn little about health, and most only receive about one to two weeks of nutrition training, unless they choose to take special courses above the standard curriculum. I do not know about the training of doctors in Pakistan and how it differs from the medical schools here in the US. So I am reluctant to give you advice that would be in conflict with your doctors advice.

    I am certain though, that it is unwise to eliminate any group of nutrients, carbs, protein or fat, unless you have something like diabetes where you may need a low carb diet. But if you are malnutritioned from Typoid and do not have a metabolic disease then your body needs a balanced and healthy diet to recover. I know that to build muscle you are going to have consume a healthy amount of protein. You also have to have some carbs to replenish gylcogen stores and fuel your workouts. A low carb diet is the last thing in the world I would recommend if you have lost significant weight from illness or injury. The body needs fuels that can easily be processed to provide you energy to regain your strength. Your body needs a lot of protein to make new muscle. You also need some healthy fats in order to help your joints, to help new cells form, to provide energy. A diet that drastically limits any of these is not going to be good for you. Also you need a lot of calories right now, far more then the minimum daily requirements.

    As far as training, consistently challenging yourself while being careful not to overdo it and cause greater injury is probably your best bet. To grow muscle the body needs, food-fuel, rest, consistent progressive activity.

    These are my basic thoughts from a limited knowledge of your situation. I encourage you to follow the advice of your doctor's. If you get conflicting advice, one telling you to eat a lot of carbs and another telling you to eat very few, it would be a good idea to do a couple things. First get another opinion from another doctor, and second evaluate how you feel on the different diets. Did you feel better on the high carb diet or on the low carb diet? Not everyone's body is the same, and even with people who are completely healthy the amount of protein, carbs and fats that are best for them can be quite different from person to person.

    I wish you the best of luck.