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I'm underweight but am I unhealthy?

Phil G.Phil G. __BANNED USERS regular
edited October 2007 in Help / Advice Forum
I'm that tall skinny guy that everyone says should gain more weight. I am 17 years old, about 5' 11" and weigh only 120 pounds. My BMI is 16.7 and I have no clue about my body fat percentage. My problem is that I don't know what to do to gain weight or if I even need to. Is it just my metabolism and body type or am I in need of a radical lifestyle change (ie. diet and exercise changes)? Just for some background information, here is my daily exercise routine and meal information:


I run about 8.5 km (5.3 miles) - 10 km (6.2) everyday (about 47 minutes is my average for the 10km), do 10+ chin-ups and 5 pull-ups twice daily (sometimes more, it depends) and walk at a damn fast pace everywhere I go. I usually function on little sleep, around 6 hours or so.


I generally have a breakfast of a small bowl of some cereal or 2 english muffins with Brie cheese, accompanied by iced tea or peach/orange juice. I have a lunch of a white bread turkey and miracle whip sandwich, with again iced tea or peach/orange juice. Dinner usually varies, but I usually have a large bowl of some type of Polish soup with rye bread (my parents are Polish immigrants, they love their soup :P), a chicken based meal with salad and baguette bread, or a pork based meal with beets and potatoes. Dinner can be different, but I usually eat a fair amount of it. Throughout the day, I snack on apples and other fruits, drink milk or peach/orange juice and have a bowl cream of wheat (made with milk) an hour or so before bed. I don't eat loads but I don't ever feel incredibly hungry.


What, if anything, am I doing wrong? Is there anything I should change in terms of exercise or food? I don't have an incredibly amount of time but I could probably take up some kind of sport... I'm open to any suggestions.

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    DhalphirDhalphir don't you open that trapdoor you're a fool if you dareRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Holy shit.

    Minus one year (I'm 18), and a bit of weight (You're 120 pounds = 55kg, and I'm 66kg = 145 pounds)...

    you are me...

    Add more protein to your diet, and perhaps take up a martial art. I was your weight until I took up brazilian jiu jitsu, then I put on 11kg of muscle.

    I even function on the same lack of sleep as you, due to recently starting up WoW again, and routinely playing until midnight when I have to be up at 6:30 for work.

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    TimTheSlothTimTheSloth Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Running that much it will be hard for you to put on a lot of weight. As far as whether it's healthy or not you should probably talk to a doctor or nutritionist. A multivitamin probably couldn't hurt. I seriously doubt you need a big lifestyle change as you are active and eat pretty healthy. Maybe consider adding a little more protein to your diet.

    As far as sports goes, they're good for building overall strength and not bad for muscle building. I play Basketball, Badminton and Soccer... each has their own benefits. You could always lift weights as well.

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    FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You're the exact size I was when I was 17. I ran a little more than you do (cross country/track), but that's about it. If you're not unhappy with your size, I wouldn't worry about it. If are are, eat (lots) more, and work in some gym time.

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    ThanatosThanatos Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    What do you look like? Like, do you have visible ribs, a generally bony build? Or do you look reasonably normal, just lanky?

    If you want to get bigger, eat more (especially protein) and add weightlifting to your exercise routine.

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    MunacraMunacra Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I am pretty sure the running is what is keeping your metabolism so fast. The fact you don't eat a lot keeps your weight low also.

    If you want to get bigger, do as Thanatos said. Eat more and lift weigths.

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    EggyToastEggyToast Jersey CityRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    When I went to college, I weighed 140lbs at 5'10". When I left college, I weighed 160. *everyone* said I looked more healthy, and my girlfriend said, looking back at pictures of me at my HS graduation, that I looked much better with more weight on me.

    Skinny can be unhealthy when it comes to general muscle mass, but generally being underweight isn't too big of a deal. I've known skinny friends who have had collapsed lungs (a surprising amount) and who generally have a problem with physical activity, spraining or pulling muscles with regularity. You have a leg up since you run and do physical activity already.

    Some people do just have a thinner frame, and will naturally weigh less. You're pretty underweight at 5'11", but defer to your doctor. Next time you go for a physical, bring it up.

    The short of it, I think, is that you're healthy, but you wouldn't do bad to gain a little more weight. Personally, I'd suggest you simply wait for it to happen, rather than change your diet. You're 17, your metabolism is probably very high, and MOST skinny guys gain some weight going into their 20s. Far better to simply defer to your doctor and let time add some weight, than make a drastic change to your diet.

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    Phil G.Phil G. __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Thanks to all for the responses! Yep, the running thing will keep me down, I've pretty much resigned myself to that fact. I really dislike lifting weights, it bores me to no living end, but I'll get the old iPod out and give it a whirl . Martial arts is an interesting option, I'll look into it and I'm sure it will come in handy.

    I'm a pretty bony character, I can see a little bit of 3 ribs centered on the sides of my chest. My shoulder blades stick out a bit and my wrists are as small as a little girl's. In short, I have a smaller bone structure.

    I guess I'll be eating more protein based snacks throughout the day and I'll try the weight lifting. Since the weightlifting will probably not work out for me (so damn boring) I'll check-out some martial arts. I'm due to go to my doctor for a check-up soon so I'll bring it up then.

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    SnorkSnork word Jamaica Plain, MARegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm very much the same as you, I'm 18, 5'9'' and 122. I was like 128 before I started regularly running, then I went down to 120, and now I'm kind of sticking around 122/123.
    Start taking a multivitamin.
    If you want to put on weight, lifting+protein is always a good combo, but it's not like you're in danger of dying from being so skinny. I've always been in pretty good health despite being 20+ pounds underweight. I also took Tae Kwon Do for about two years. That might not make you put on weight, but it will turn you into a fucking machine if you go for it seriously. I recommend doing any kind of martial art. It just makes your body better at doing stuff.

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    TheGreat2ndTheGreat2nd Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Woooow, I don't post often here, but man, that sounds a lot like me.

    I used to eat pretty much what you did one year ago. I'm 18 right now, first year in college.
    6'0, 120 lbs, extremely thin. Ran track in high school, the whole 3-4 miles + sprint workout and occasional weightlifting.
    I used to weigh 120, pretty much throughout high school up til college.

    I think the problem was that I was eating around...3,000 calories? in high school
    Now, in college, I upped the intake to 5,000 with tons of protein (chicken, fish, red meat), and carbs.
    Been doing crew for a month, been trying to gain some weight and muscle to bulk up.
    In one month, gained 10 lbs. Even more workouts than high school, tons more. 4 miles running + rowing + more core training.


    I'd say you're fine.
    You run decently fast, so it's not as if you're unhealthy.
    If you want to gain weight, maybe increase your protein intake a bit. (bigger portions? 4th meal perhaps?)
    Your diet looks fine to me though.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited October 2007
    Not trying to be rude but I can't imagine that it's possible to weigh 120 pounds at 5'11 and not look in danger of dying of malnutrition. 160 pounds at 5'11 is skinny. 120 pounds is on a whole different scale.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    I'm 120 lbs at 5' 11.5" and I don't look like I'm about to die. I have some Asian friends whoa re a bit shorter and even lighter. If you want to get heavier, weight lifting is the way to go.

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    SpecularitySpecularity Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Yeah, I do have some concerns like Carboard Tube does; I'm a female (which would imply at least a bit of a body comp difference), but I'm only 5'3 and healthy-thin at 120. I do remember though that I could not keep weight on in highschool, so I'm not sure you should necessarily be worried about anything until puberty really tapers off. Remember too that the standard BMI measurement doesn't take lifestyle into account. Runners are often shown to be underweight when they're actually healthy.

    It sounds like you're getting a reasonable amount of protein, which would have been my first suggestion, but it's not like you're choking down an entire cow every day, which may contribute a bit to your leanness. Most of my vegetarian friends were very, very thin at that age. Maybe start drinking some milk instead of or in addition to your fruit juices (milk debate in another forum). My nutrition textbook here says to add about 500 calories/day to your diet, including a total daily intake of about 1.5 grams of protein/kilogram of body weight. So for you that would be...81.75grams of protein. I am not a nutritionist, remember, but that seems to be a reasonable guideline to me.

    If you haven't been seeing any detrimental effects, however, I'm not sure you should even be concerned. Some people carry their weight differently, and need that amount of fat or muscle in very different ways. Have you had trouble with bone fractures? Do you tend to get tired very easily? Malnutrition will manifest itself in ways much harsher than just "looking shinny." Maybe check with your doctor to see if you're at risk for anything that may be complicated by being underweight.

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    Shazkar ShadowstormShazkar Shadowstorm Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    my brother is like 5'7" and under 100 lbs
    I tell him he looks like a starving ethiopian child and he needs to eat more or he will die
    but the doctor says he is okay
    o.o;;

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    Phil G.Phil G. __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

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    DaemonionDaemonion Mountain Man USARegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You can be underweight and be healthy, provided you supply your body with proper nutrients in property quantity. Note that several key nutrients are more readily absorbed in our bodies if they are ingested with fat (i.e. taking a multivitamin with water as a meal-replacement instead of solid food won't get you much).

    Start off with a high-protein breakfast.

    Eggs are great for this, oats and grains not so much. Also, make sure you eat at least one yolk. I usually keep 1-2 yolks when cooking 4 eggs.

    Run more hills. Like, lots of hills for even more endurance. Do interval workouts at a local track to build more fast-twitch muscles and improve overall cardio. Hill intervals are the best.If you run 5 times a week, try this:

    Week 1
    Day 1: Hills
    Day 2: Long(er) run
    Day 3: Rest or light jog
    Day 4: Hills
    Day 5: Long(er) run
    Day 6: Rest or light jog
    Day 7: Rest or another activity w/stretching

    Week 2
    Day 1: Sprints/Intervals
    Day 2: Long(er) run
    Day 3: Rest or light jog
    Day 4: Sprints/Intervals
    Day 5: Long(er) run
    Day 6: Rest or light jog
    Day 7: Rest or other activity w/stretching


    Also, if you decide to take up weight-lifting (recommended as part of a healthy/active lifestyle) you need at least 8 hours of sleep each night.

    You'll be able to put on muscle very quickly and have good results for the first several months because it's your first time lifting (even with only 6 hours each night), but as you crest that initial explosive growth curve sleep is one of the main ingredients in putting on muscle effectively.

    This is simply because muscle fibers are repaired during sleep only.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited October 2007
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

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    Scott_CameronScott_Cameron Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    my brother is like 5'7" and under 100 lbs
    I tell him he looks like a starving ethiopian child and he needs to eat more or he will die
    but the doctor says he is okay
    o.o;;

    I'm that height, and 110-120 now, but there was a time when I weighed 95.

    I was "okay", but not healthy.

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    SliverSliver Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

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    JasconiusJasconius sword criminal mad onlineRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Same boat, I would assume that as long as you are getting your daily intake of the requisite vitamins you are technically healthy. If you are anything like me you do actually eat a lot, but you may skip a meal or go several hours without eating, particularly overnight and then skipping/having a late breakfast.

    From what I have read it is that span of sleep and late/no breakfast that is what prevents you from actually gaining weight with a high metabolism, since your body starts eating up what little body fat you have managed to store from previous days in lieu of breakfast.

    I have started eating a snack and drinking a protein shake in ze morning, I guess I'll let you know if it works out in a month or two.

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    TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu PIGEON Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Those are both myths. Do you know ANYONE who works for the FDA/EPA?

    You can get protein from all sorts of stuff beyond fish. Like tofu.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited October 2007
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Wouldn't exactly be the first example of either agency being full of shit though would it.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited October 2007
    I'm about 187 (6'2" or something) and I guess I'm hovering around 70 kilos (154 pounds). But now I'm going to start gymming again after a two-month break.

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    Phil G.Phil G. __BANNED USERS regular
    edited October 2007
    Well looking into it, it appears the mercury levels from tuna and other large fish are only toxic for children and pregnant women, so I don't really need to worry too much. Still, I would prefer to keep my mercury levels low, and don't think I could stand eating all too much fish. Now for tofu, would this be just faux meat tofu? protein shakes are a good idea, but canned stuff is so expensive, any good homemade recipes?

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    ElJeffeElJeffe Moderator, ClubPA mod
    edited October 2007
    I was about 5'10" and 125-130 in high school, and felt healthy and was fairly athletic. As you get older, your metabolism will slow down, and you'll find it easier to gain weight. When I hit about 27 or so, I suddenly started putting on weight even though my exercise and diet levels stayed the same. I went from about 135 to 175 in a few years, and now I'm trying to get back to 155 or so.

    If you feel good, you're probably fine. If you're concerned, ask a doctor. Otherwise, just enjoy the ease with which you can stay fit when you're young.

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    SliverSliver Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Wouldn't exactly be the first example of either agency being full of shit though would it.

    So what, they buckled under the weight of cut-throat salmon lobbyists or something? What would they have to gain by lying and saying they were dangerous?

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    GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    That's about what I was in high school, 5' 10'' and around 120... now (24) i'm at around 140, which is still pretty skinny (and not in shape, so it's not muscle, hehe)... I'm sure eventually my metabolism will slow down and I'll put on weight, but for now it's not anything specific I'm doing

    Obviously working out will be the easiest way, I had a friend who was about the same build as I was but got into working out / eating protein shakes / etc etc and got reasonably more built up, which is another option (but he's still pretty skinny, though noticeably less so than in high school)... the other option is to just enjoy it while it lasts.. McDonalds has their monopoly game going on you know! :P

    More seriously though, if you're actually worried just have your doctor set you up with a couple general metabolism/health blood tests and find out (I did that a couple times, mainly because I was paranoid about diabetes that runs in my family)... but as long as everything seems fine it's not like being average weight is something to aspire to

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    FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Wouldn't exactly be the first example of either agency being full of shit though would it.

    So you're saying I could go back to eating 2 cans a day (because that would be pretty awesome).

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    SeptusSeptus Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Not trying to be rude but I can't imagine that it's possible to weigh 120 pounds at 5'11 and not look in danger of dying of malnutrition. 160 pounds at 5'11 is skinny. 120 pounds is on a whole different scale.

    Hrm, I can't really picture 5'11 and 120, but as to 160 and 5'11? My lowest weight since highschool has been 175, and I'm 6'3'', also, I have(had at 175 too) a gut and thick thighs, and my arms and legs weren't exactly rails.

    And as to being underweight, I believe the old advice about there even being an "underweight" are mostly abolished. With the qualification that you have a good/decent diet, I don't believe there is any weight that is too low, and the old correlation between really low weight and poor health was due to smoking.

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    GdiguyGdiguy San Diego, CARegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Fats wrote: »
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Wouldn't exactly be the first example of either agency being full of shit though would it.

    So you're saying I could go back to eating 2 cans a day (because that would be pretty awesome).

    I would argue that eating that much of anything (including some fruits/vegetables, or drinking a 64oz container of OJ every day) is probably not the healthiest thing for you in general, but tuna especially I wouldn't try that with... the levels are low enough that eating a tuna sandwich every few days won't do anything to you, but two cans a day is high enough that it's not inconceivable that after 30 years you'll see some (probably still minor) effect

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    Lucky CynicLucky Cynic Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Phil G. wrote: »
    Well looking into it, it appears the mercury levels from tuna and other large fish are only toxic for children and pregnant women, so I don't really need to worry too much. Still, I would prefer to keep my mercury levels low, and don't think I could stand eating all too much fish. Now for tofu, would this be just faux meat tofu? protein shakes are a good idea, but canned stuff is so expensive, any good homemade recipes?

    Actually, they did testing on this and it seems the health benefits of eating 1 6oz. can of tuna a day as a pregnant woman put out healthier babies due to the health benefits overweighting the faults.

    As for eating healthy, do what I did, same size as you, but maybe 20 pounds more. Just cut soda and other sugary snacks out of your diet. Drink plenty of water and do your best to cut high sodium, high oil, fast food out of your diet as well. Also, start to read labels. I found that my store generic peanut butter was actually healthier than the organic brand they offer. More protein, less calories, less fat. Go figure, huh?

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    Blake TBlake T Do you have enemies then? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    One of Thantos' friends is doing a PHd (or at least research) on mercury levels in Tuna. They are fairly non-problematic, I would suggest PMing him if you want more details.

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    lifeincognitolifeincognito Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    So you are active, you have a regular sleep schedule, and I'll assume you are not flunking out of school. More or less your body is allowing you to do what you do (running, etc) without throwing up warning signs, correct? What people are suggesting in this thread is all true if you are interested in gaining weight, but you asked more about being healthy. If you want to be larger, more mass, you will have to work very hard at it for the majority of your life. It seems you might have a naturally high metabolsim and are blessed with an efficent body. I'd advise you sight tight and not worry about your weight.

    Just because people think you need to gain more weight doesn't mean they are right or that you should gain weight. As long as you eat a balanced diet and listen to your own body you should be fine. Eat when you are hungry and don't eat if you are not hungry. There aren't any major signs or reasons to begin changing the way you live your life so don't start poking around when nothing is broken.

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    TimTheSlothTimTheSloth Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    thats true but it can help your self confidence or other peoples opinions of you (if you care) to bulk up as well. Also you will roll your ankles less!

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    FatsFats Corvallis, ORRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Gdiguy wrote: »
    Fats wrote: »
    Sliver wrote: »
    Phil G. wrote: »
    The last bone fracture I had was about 5 years ago and I'm never tired for no reason, so I wouldn't say I'm malnourished. I need some advice on increasing my protein, I don't feel like getting mercury poisoning from eating too much tuna...

    That's a myth.

    The FDA and EPA beg to differ.

    Wouldn't exactly be the first example of either agency being full of shit though would it.

    So you're saying I could go back to eating 2 cans a day (because that would be pretty awesome).

    I would argue that eating that much of anything (including some fruits/vegetables, or drinking a 64oz container of OJ every day) is probably not the healthiest thing for you in general, but tuna especially I wouldn't try that with... the levels are low enough that eating a tuna sandwich every few days won't do anything to you, but two cans a day is high enough that it's not inconceivable that after 30 years you'll see some (probably still minor) effect

    Yeah, that was my conclusion looking at the data out there. It's a pity, since 2 cans a day is 65g of protein a hell of a lot cheaper than protein powder. Still, I don't want to be retarded when I'm 50.

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    marty_0001marty_0001 I am a file and you put documents in meRegistered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Yep, 55kg and 5' 11", same as me! You can see my ribs any old time, and whenever I've bought a new watch I had to get links taken out of the band so it's actually tight around my wrist. Though I am twenty years old now. At 17 I probably would have weighed just over 50, as I basically don't put on weight other than a very slow growth in the vertical direction. However, I've recently taken up a sport, though that's only two hours of my week, and I've started on the protein powder.

    For some reason I seem to be hungrier nowadays. Would it be because I gave blood a week ago, and my body is starved for more stuff to replenish itself, or might it be because of the sport and protein?

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    DjiemDjiem Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Not trying to be rude but I can't imagine that it's possible to weigh 120 pounds at 5'11 and not look in danger of dying of malnutrition. 160 pounds at 5'11 is skinny. 120 pounds is on a whole different scale.

    No, it's entirely possible. I'm bony, visibile ribs, fast metabolism, 6'3" and 145 ponds, and while this is not just underweight but also very unhealthy, I'm still doing fine.

    Not that I didn't wish I weighed more...

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    Muramasa18Muramasa18 Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    You people are fuckin skinny! Dayum!

    But yes, you wanna get big, you gotta eat big and you gotta lift big. Obviously you shouldn't eat as much as them, but pro strongmen eat 7000+calories a day.

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    TubeTube Registered User admin
    edited October 2007
    Seriously people, eat a fucking sandwich. Underweight looks just as awful as overweight.

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    EchoEcho ski-bap ba-dapModerator mod
    edited October 2007
    I don't know if I'd call myself underweight (I think I'm just fine), but my "problem" is that I have pretty broad shoulders, and very thin arms. :P

    Ah well, we'll see what happens after a few months of regular exercising.

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    Steel AngelSteel Angel Registered User regular
    edited October 2007
    Seriously people, eat a fucking sandwich. Underweight looks just as awful as overweight.

    If it only were so easy . . . some of my family friends still say I should put on more weight, but they've stopped saying I need to just eat more. They've seen just how much I'll pack away compared to them in one sitting. Afterwards, they tend to look at me much like they just watched a swarm of locusts.

    Anyway, I figure that exchanging ideas for how to get more protein and other stuff into the diets of the thin ones among us would be helpful. Because just knowing that you need to eat more often so your body never thinks it's starving is kind of vague. Time constraints due to work and the like don't help either since not everyone has the luxury of taking multiple breaks in a day for food or time to spare for some things that require more preparation.

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