Gaining weight with almost no intestines

  • kblessing

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    Dec 04, 2015 12:57 PM GMT
    I'm a 28 year old male, 6 ft, just under 160 lbs, and it has been my life Long quest to put on more weight. I am currently the heaviest I have ever been. When I was born, my large intestine, and 1/2 of my small were removed due to complications. So I have a hard time absorbing food and vitimains and the like into my body. I've always eaten whatever I like, without any issues. However, with my condition, the most I eat, the more I go to the washroom...and with this condition I go a lot! It sucks but i don't know a life without it. In The past couple years I have started working out moderately and improving my diet (just because you feel better eating real food), and I have had some success. Just four years ago, I was a very thin 120 lbs. I look at myself now as a big improvement, but always compare myself to the average guy, and can't help but think that I'm still too thin. If anyone has any knowledge of what I'm dealing with, any support would be awesome (and yes, I know my condition is extremely rare). FYI, I have a form of short bowel syndrome, but I am a fully functioning person, and most people don't know this side of me. Hope to get some feedback. I know it's a long shot that someone on here may be dealing with the same thing as me, but it's worth a shot.
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    Dec 04, 2015 7:37 PM GMT
    Body composition ( fat vs. muscle ) is the issue in fitness and health. There are very fit guys on here that are your height and weight. The Paleo diet supposed delivers a "natural" sustainable weight which is perhaps 8% body fat. I'm in the 160-165 range right now down from a high of 188. Lean feels better overall though in my mind I would like to be 170 or so.
  • 4sport

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    Dec 04, 2015 7:40 PM GMT
    https://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/patient-education/nutrition-guidelines-patients-short-bowel-syndrome
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    Dec 04, 2015 9:02 PM GMT
    Maybe a dumb idea but based partially based on the link 4sport provided, might it help to keep nutritional shakes on hand at all times (e.g., whey protein with maybe some fruits/veggies blended in according to your doctor's fiber recommendation) for gradual consumption, maybe an ounce or two at a time, especially leading up to several hours before and immediately after workout time (basically as close as your digestive cycle allows since you never want to work out or follow a session with any sort of nutritional deficit)?

    The thought is that this could help make the most of the shortened digestive time you have available by slowing down intake (if that's indeed how it works); if this does happen to help I'm sure you can refine a recipe that works for you by mixing and matching ingredients posted on RJ and elsewhere.
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    Dec 04, 2015 10:28 PM GMT
    Congratulations on putting on 40 lbs!

    Your best bet is to see a nutritionist. And not just anyone, but someone who works with patients with short gut. The closest big university to you is U of T and I would start there.
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    Dec 05, 2015 4:41 AM GMT
    I agree with those above who mentioned seeing a nutrionist is your best bet. One thing though you could try applying is adding high glycemic carbohydrates to protein shakes.

    When your blood sugar is spiked post work-out, it causes your body to move the amino acids that build protein to your muscles. By timing these food elements together, you'll maximize the benefits of the food you eat. Check out a book called "Nutrient Timing". It really helped me a lot.
  • Oceans_of_Flo...

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    Dec 05, 2015 5:25 AM GMT

    I don't know anything about this, but I want to congratulate you on your weight gain.
  • CreatineBoy

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    Dec 06, 2015 10:50 PM GMT
    I have a similar condition too. When I was 6, my large intestines were removed but I have all of my small intestines. I was always the smallest kid in my class. I too HAD a hard time gaining weight.

    After close to 50 years, this past April, I undergone abdominal surgery because of complications of adhesions. Lost 40 pounds. Im still recovering and gained back my weight and size.

    I plan to get a lot bigger in the in near future.

    All I can say...HANG IN THERE!