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I've had severe IBS C&D (C-predominant) for 17 yrs. Maintaining a healthy weight has always been a problem. I exercise, meditate and eat a restricted diet. I have a great appetite, the food just won't go through the system fast enough for me to put more in. I eat 4 or 5 small meals a day. Colonoscopy, endoscopy, biopsies etc all clear. I'm not reaching a point where I can't even maintain my low weight and I'm becoming dangerously weak. Any suggestions appreciated.
 

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hi bad foot i cant lose weight, before i was a gutsy pig but before i had ibs i could lose weight soooooooo easily.
 

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I also have trouble gaining weight. One thing that has helped is to keep track of the number of calories I eat each day and make sure I get at least that number, and then slowly add to it. I was at around 1400 and added around 100 two separate times. At first it was uncomfortable but my body adjusted and now I'm fine with 1600 and need to try to up it a bit more.Also, you exercise. I garden some every spring and find that all I can barely do then is to maintain my weight at best. I guess some exercise is good, but it does burn the calories.
 

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I have D predominant and also had trouble keeping weight on. It is still too early to give you any real info. But I am trying a gluten-free diet and I have gained eight pounds in one week. I am eating a lot more than I used to. I have been tested for celiac and it was negative. But I know a woman with IBS who tried this and it worked for her so I wanted to try it. I will keep you informed with my progress.
 

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heya ppl. yes i lost almost 2 stone, i seem to be maintaining that now, possibly even gained a couple of pounds since i got put on new med but its come to a stand still again. I know someone with coeliacs disease who has it very badly but it didn't actually show up in blood tests - worth bearing in mind perhaps? Also, i was told to only go swimming or walking, no other excersise, creased me up, swimming, yeah rite!!!!!!! so no sport really in the past year which bugs me cus i love my sport but never mind. was just at a ceildh and did one dance, realised how unfit i am now and also the reason behind my not doing any sport
was doing so damn well too!
well....... was actually managing to socialise slightly!!!! any way, while we're on the topic of weight, whats the likely hood of putting it on again? i'm needing more clothes but i don't want to keep buying clothes only to finally manage to put weight on again and for them not to fit
hell this really does screw up your life dosen't it?!? ny advice would be great
 

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Hi Badfoot, I used to live in S.D. In fact I graduated from S.D. High School. I am trained in nutrition (taught college nutrition) and I am in the same boat as you. I have trouble maintaining my weight. Most people have the opposite problem and don't want to hear about it when you complain. A few times in my life I have been seriously ill and have lost way too much weight. My advice would be similiar to Anneth's. You need to calculate your calorie intake daily. There are some software packages that will help you do this. Keep track of every morsal and aim for about 2000 kilocalories. You must eat breakfast because it is almost impossible to consume that many calories with only 2 meals. You will need to increase your fat/sugar intake to help provide the calories. Add healthy foods and calories where ever you can. If you are having oatmeal, add dried cranberries. If you are eating meatloaf, add ketchup. When I do this, I keep totals throughout the day and by evening I know what I have to add to make my 2000. One easy way to add calories is to make blender drinks full of frozen fruits, sugar, pineapple juice, milk (or milk substitutes). Lassie
 

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i have found that watching my diet like a hawk is the only thing that helps me maintain weight. i am underweight, but not like i was. i eat lots of fruits, veggies and pasta. basically the anti-atkins diet.
 
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