Moi, I do not agree, and neither does the medical community. A man who is 5'11" can weight as little 130 lbs before falling off the normal range on the body mass index. As thin as I ever was I never broke the 130 lbs range and I suspect your husband won't either. Not that caloric restriction isn't the most healthy of all diets and could easily result in such a weight. I do agree that eating oil is a bad idea for weight gain because it will store as fat. Working out will put on muscle mass to some extent, but we will remain thin and if forced to try and gain weight, will not enjoy as good health if we had accepted ourselves as we are. If it was your husband's idea to change his diet, can you ask him if he is comfortable with himself. Remember pressuring him to gain might feel like him pressuring you to lose weight. It's rough on your self esteem when your wife even suggests that you are too thin (unattractive). Use caution with the delicate male ego. Justin
I'm almost 6 feet and weigh 150 lbs (I needed to calculate it... :-p) . Apart from the statistics, it's also a feeling of being too thin which results in feeling cold, dizzy and not being able to work out for more than 10 minutes. But if you feel good being very thin, kudos to you. Maybe the BMI in the US is different from the BMI we have in the Netherlands... :-S
Moi I apologize. When I reread my post it came off all wrong. I think that this subject touched a nerve close to my self esteem. If you feel poorly then something may be seriously wrong. Coldness, tiredness and lack of ability to exert yourself could indicate a dietary imbalance but I wouldn't assume it was due to a lack of calories. 1.8 meters is 5'11" and at 150 lbs, which is 70 kilos, that puts you exactly in the center of the normal range. I am six foot and weight 140 and am still quite far from the boarder of what is considered normal. In the Traditional Chinese medical tradition your symptoms could be from a deficiency of blood or yang. Cinnamon or some ginger may warm you up. If the blood is weak you can add sweet potatoes or yams to your daily diet for a few weeks.
I'll have what he's having! But that's because I NEED to lose weight, so I'm being silly. But I hope he's healthy. I have a very skinny hubby & he can't afford to lose any weight. So, hoping the best for you both.
Excellent topic! My husband has had some of the same issues, he has an extremely high metabolic rate and so has always had a hard time maintaining or gaining weight, which is not to say he is too thin but he WANTS to get a little bigger and build muscle mass, because he doesn't feel healthy/strong/vibrant at his current weight. Naturally, going vegan has made it even more difficult to gain but he has been hitting the gym several times a week and working on strength training and we added in hemp protein shakes which help too, he went up a couple pounds over the last 2 weeks, hopefully this will continue. Even though perhaps the medical community would say that a man who is 5"11 and 140 lbs is not unhealthy every person's body is different and every person carries weight differently so one man might feel spectacular at 140lbs and another might feel better at 160 and another at 180. Medical standards can be helpful to gain perspective but are in no way absolute for each and every person, perhaps for you health is more important than weight but for another individual weight might be a key factor in whether they feel healthy, or not.
I just searched and found this discussion. JUST what I was looking for!! I have the same problem of losing weight I don't want to lose! I'm approx. 5' 7'', always used to be 130-135 lbs., for the past 8 or so years. Luckily I never had a weight problem. But now I'm down to about 126, at last weigh-in. I know, not a big difference, but I notice it in the way my clothes fit and other people are even commenting at how thin I look (some say "fit" depends on their perspective I guess). My whole life I've been "skinny" and lift weights pretty regularly mainly to try to bulk up and add muscle. I've succeeded, for the most part. But with changing my diet, mainly dropping so much sugar (as I hadn't eaten much meat previously...although I did eat cheese, which now that that's gone, I'm sure that has something to do with the weight loss as well), I am dropping pounds. I exercise quite a bit also, out of enjoyment, and I have dogs, so I walk/run with them.
Anyway...... I basically thought the same thing as I've seen your reponses saying. I'm trying to eat higher calorie foods and MORE food. But I still want to be healthy and not eat junk. So, glad to hear I'm not alone in the more unusual complaint of being too thin and wanting to GAIN weight for a change!! :-)
Ive always been around 135-140lb but recently after having my baby last year (went up to 162lbs during pg), nursing and flirting with veganism I am down to 114lbs. I am 5'3 and starting to worry about looking too frail. I hate working out but I might need to start eating lots of nuts again. :-(