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This isn't a stealth boast but I am very thin. Been to docs and there is nothing wrong with me other than a low BMI.
I am quite tall and pre kids was a size 10/12 around 9 to 9.5 stone. I didn't gain much weight with DC1 and when she was born she was a voracious feeder and I lost around a stone. Took me about 2 years to get back to a good weight. Then had DC2 and same thing happened. However this time I just can't seem to put the weight back on, it is like my metabolism is screwed up. Though seems to be no health issue.
I am currently 8 stone and take a size 6 to 8. I look scrawny and none of my clothes fit.
I eat quite healthily, my preference is for good food so stuffing myself with chips is a non starter. Plus don't eat meat which probably doesn't help.
Today I had rice krispies and full fat milk for breakfast plus slice of toast and butter, a costa latte, a cheese salad roll and a snickers for lunch and for tea will have risotto or pasta and tomato sauce. I will snack on crisps and biscuits at will. I deny myself nothing and have a sweet tooth so often eat cakes and chocolate.
Am wondering what will help me put on weight healthily. Should I buy protein drinks like body builders? Or should I ask doc to refer me to a dietician?
Rather than looking at the things you eat, you need to look at portion size primarily - a portion of rissoto could be anything from 400 cals to 1000 depending on portion and cream/cheese content.
But that said, what you've had today was low in protein and veg/fruit. I'd have nut butter on toast or eggs on toast for breakfast, a quinoa or couscous salad with pulses and avocado (with a good olive oil dressing) for lunch with greek yog and berries for after, then dinner of pasta with veg sauce and tvp/quorn, quiche and salad - that sort of thing with nuts as snacks. Smoothies are a good way of adding calories with nutrition as is sprinkling milled linseed or other seeds into yog or porridge
Sorry if I'm stating the obvious but make sure everything you have is full fat- butter not margarine, full fat milk, cheese and greek yogurt, etc.
Some ideas for protein-rich snacks: hard boiled egg or scotch eggs, nuts, anything dipped in trusty peanut or almond butter, hummus, full fat cream cheese on toast or on crackers, and if you eat meat, cocktail sausages, ham rolled around cream cheese...
I also love mashed up avocado on toast with generous drizzle of olive oil, v.healthy and calorific.
Along with nut butters and oils, egg and cheese based things are your friend! Quiches, spanish omelettes, big bowls of creamy pasta carbonara...you will put on weight and get loads of protein.
You could try adding extra fat to things. Some people who are trying to lose weight through low carb will put butter in their coffee, coconut oil in their smoothies, etc. If you increase healthy fats as well as carbs that might help?
And also try some relaxation exercises on YouTube or something...if stress makes you lose weight take it as a sign to address your stress.
Ragusa it is about getting your body to run on fat rather than carbs and go into a starvation mode called ketosis but not actually starve, obv...lots of complicated stuff involved which I'm not totally sure about. I guess the low-carb forum will have more.
Save the rice krispies for mixing with good chocolate, raisins and nuts as a treat A decent helping of Muesli - Dorset Cereals do a high nut content one, will give you about 500 calories for breakfast alone.
Perhaps you need to get some exercise and build some muscle to look less scrawny? It will improve your appetite too. Your doctor doesn't actually say that you have a health problem, you just don't like your physical appearance I'd send you my spare 2 stone if I could
One thing to try might be to research a vegetarian diet for an athlete? They will be designed to be high protein, high carb and healthy
You made need more time. It took me until youngest dc was about 5 to fill back out a bit (ie to get from 8 to 9 stone and I'm also tall). I snack on nuts, pour vast amounts of olive oil on everything, and drink a lot of milk. I agree that scrawny is a bad look. I had loads of tests, but there was nothing actually wrong with me. I guess pregnancy changed my metabolism a bit.