yeast bad for you?
As far as the starchy and sugary foods Paisley mentioned, from observation of the the inmates in our local jail (where sodas and beige food are the norm, and anything green and leafy is only found on the flora outside the facility), that seems to very true. But that weight gain isn't necessarily healthy. Are you looking to gain muscle? Specific workout programs can help you gain "bulk" in the form of muscle.
"Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"
But why does it make you so angry?Originally Posted by Lady Pearl
Actually, Audrey was really insecure about her weight. When she first started in the 50s curves were IN. Edith Head didn't help her- thinking she was too scrawny and wanting to cover up her decollete because she thought she was too bony. Thank goodness for Givency. Shows what good clothes can do for morale.
"...be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Romans 12:2
I can also attest to the weight gain benefits of a cup of hot cocoa at bedtime. Made with whole milk, of course. In my case, it wasn't *desired* weight gain...but the cocoa was yummy just the same.
Hehe, love the ad Halfjill!
Lady Pearl - as always having been on the lean side myself, what kind of weight are you trying to gain? Are you thin all over (not enough fat over all)? Are you slight (not enough fat and muscle)? etc...
All of these things are pretty different physically, and some might have better answers than other.
Similar to points raised in many weight loss discussions, science has not figured out how to make a skinny person stay less skinny, just like they have not figured out a way to make a bigger person less big (in a long term/life long, regular eating kind of way)
I'm thin, but not a bit slight (tend to look a bit brawny, oh well Rosie could rock it, so can I), but what are you trying to change? Have you spoken to a doctor or a dietitian?
Normal muscular weight gain on women tends to look athletic and toned, not like East German athletes from some decades ago. Many of them were on steroids.Originally Posted by Lily Powers
If you want to build muscle, use a program that involves heavier weights and fewer reps. Dinky little two-pound weights won't do it.
Sorry to stick my nose in it but if I may ask... what are your motives here? If you're trying to gain weight for health purposes I'd say your safest bet is consulting your physician or a nutritionist. That way you'll be in better control of your overall health. If it's just to conform to a specific era's definitions of beauty... I don't know. IMHO weight gain for weight gain's sake seems too risky, just as losing inordinate amounts of weight can affect one's health negatively. There are plenty of vintage styles that suit a thin frame. I'm sure there are FL'ers that can help you out in that department. Please just be safe and use good judgment. Again, please forgive me if I sound all self-righteous.
There's nothing the matter with my face! I got character!
Ask ten different health professionals about weight, and they'll suggest ten different things. But basically, there are two major theories of weight gain: calories in, calories out; and endocrinology 101. CICO states that, basically, if you eat fewer calories, or burn more calories, you'll lose weight, and vice versa. This is current medical orthodoxy, even though studies and everyday experience have shown that it doesn't result in permanent weight loss--and doesn't even work for some people. Endocrinology 101 is much more complicated, but grandma had the take-away message: it's starch and sugar that tend to put on weight. (Not that the weight gain is necessarily healthy, as others have mentioned.)
The best summary I've seen of Endocrinology 101 is here (Part I and Part II). If you want further information, look up science writer Gary Taubes, Drs. Michael and Mary Dan Eades, Dr. Robert Atkins, scientist Mary Enig, and a slim book called Fat: It's Not what you Think. (There are additional links about this subject in my blog.)
Go to a health professional, and you'll probably get a speech on "eating right" and exercising--in other words, calories in, calories out. The "eating right" part may include advice to eat oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, lots of fruit and vegetables, and some lean meat. In other words, mostly starch and sugar. If, on the other hand, you subscribe to Endocrinology 101, it's no mystery why so many health professionals are overweight: they're following their own advice.
If you are interested in gaining muscle, you'll need sufficient protein and either sufficient fat or sufficient carbs. I did Body for Life for several years, which involves eating a lot of carbs, but for various reasons dropped it in favor of a low-carb, high-fat diet. (I lost weight on the high-fat diet--sorry if I got your hopes up. )
Whatever plan you choose, I think it's good to tailor it to yourself, but I don't think it's good to take a hodge-podge of different approaches at once.