Posted by: mom2k | 2008/07/16

weight gain

hello doc

i desperately need ur help, i have a 12month old baby and im a size 28, i desperately need to gain weight, what can u suggest i start taking ot help me with gaining weigh? ive tried almost everything but noluck, its begining to stress me,so please help

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Dear Mom2K
Congratulations on the birth of your baby. If your metabolism is very fast, then it may be a good idea to have your gp check your thyroid function as an overactive thyroid can cause pronounced weight loss and prevent weight gain. Gaining weight is just as problematic as trying to lose it. Basically individuals who struggle to gain weight do not ingest sufficient energy for the high demands of their Basic metabolic rate and/or physical activity. I have written some articles on this subject. For basic information click on 'Diet' at the top of this page and then on 'Diet Basics' and 'Weight gaining' and read the articles. Companies like Fresenius Kabi and Nestle, among others, make meal replacement supplements Phone Fresenius on (011) 545-0000, or the Nestle Consumer Services at 0860 09 6789 and ask about Nutritional Supplements to boost your energy intake. You can purchase liquid meal supplements at most chemist shops. Talk to the pharmacist about your need to gain weight and see which products he or she will recommend. Basically you need to eat more food either by gradually increasing how much you eat at each meal, or by taking supplements IN ADDITION to your regular meals (not to replace meals), or by having more snacks between meals. If you use a meal supplement such as Fresubin, with or without fibre, at the rate of 200 ml 3x a day, then you should gain 1 kg per week. Feedback from other Readers has indicated that they have successfully gained weight by using a meal supplement.
If, however, your inability to gain weight is due to depression (something that can be triggered by pregnancy and having to look after a small child), then please ask your dr to refer you to a clinical psychologist so that you work through this problem.
Best regards

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Posted by: mom2K | 2008/07/18

hi Doc
its me again, yesterday i went to a Dischem nearby to get Fresubin or Nutren, when i got to Dischem i was told they no longer stock the product, so it was suggested i check another pharmacy still at the centre,also they had no idea of what i wanted,so iwent back to Dischem to take Nutren instead,so when i asked one of the sisters working there she said Nutren wouldnt help me to gain weight and that she suggested i take LifeGain advanced supplement, i bougt the tin, but now i want to know has she thrown me offtrack or is this thing going to help me as well, im confused now, also where can i gt this Fresubin coz two pharmacies ive been to dont have it. please help

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Posted by: Owen | 2008/07/16

What do you think about suppliments such as Nutren? Does it help or not??

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