Posted by: Weight gain | 2007/05/07

Weight gain

I would like to gain weight but I am lactose, wheat and gluten intolerant. I have been losing weight since I went on HRT in 2001 (on and off), I had a full physical last year to rule out any major medical problems including HIV, and came out 100% fit and healthy despite a little concern on my bone density and low cholesterol. I had not been eating red meat for the past 10 years but have since gone back on a red meat diet just to up my cholesterol and to increase weight. I also do yoga and go to teh gym three times a week for 30 minutes to build muscle. What else must I do to go back to my pre-hysterectomy weight which was normal.

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Dear Weight Gain
I can imagine that you must be feeling frustrated that you cannot gain weight. Because of your lactose, wheat and gluten intolerances I must advise you to consult a clinical dietitian (visit the Association for Dietetics in SA Website at: and click on "Find a Dietitian" to find a dietitian in your area). The dietitian will have to work out a high-energy diet for you that avoids the allergens and also improves your bone density. This type of diet must be worked out individually, so please do see the dietitian.
Best regards

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