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Need help gaining weight?

Aug 27, 2004

Nelson-please shed some light on my unique situation.I'm HIV+/Diabetic/Lymphoma patient in my late thirties.Anyhow in the last two months I have been killing myself trying to put weight back on.Using protein shakes/supplements all else I'm familiar with and I cannot gain any weight.I'm doing cardio 3x's wk/ heavy weights-alternating legs/abd & arms/chest/back-6x's wk-please can you help-everything I run into has either a ton of sugar or too much cholesterol? Thank you C J

Response from Mr. Vergel

First of all, stop the cardio for a few weeks until you gain weight. You may be overtraining. Since you have a history of lymphoma, I would not suggest the use of growth hormone or androgens since we are not too sure if they can worsen cancers in those with a history. You may want to try products like Phosphagen or Juven that have aminoacids that help put on lean tissue. Eating small calorie dense meals (nuts, peanut butter, cheese, meatballs, baked chicken fingers, fruits and vegetables) 4-6 times a day may also help. Have you read the book Built to Survive yet?

Ask your doc to refer you to a registered dietitian who knows about HIV (not all do!). Nelson

Thanks, Praise and Best Wishes!
please answer...very anxious

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