In fact, some people with IBS actually need to gain weight for one reason or another. Unintentional weight loss can happen if you’ve been ill or if you’ve been over-restricting your diet trying to find relief of your abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, diarrhea or constipation. Although mild, temporary weight loss might not be a serious threat to your health, if unintentional weight loss occurs along with abnormal lab values, fever, or bloody stools you should definitely seek evaluation by a gastroenterologist for a proper IBS diagnosis and to rule out other conditions. It can be difficult to work your way back to a healthy weight, something that can be under-appreciated by others. Some patients share with me the compliments they’ve received about their weight loss, while on the inside they feel quite anxious about their seeming inability to gain weight. Gaining weight requires increasing your intake of calories, and usually, protein. If you are young, or exercising heavily for work or play, you might need to eat more than other people, too. One memorable patient of mine was a tall, slightly underweight year old male college student who had a very physical summer job, played soccer for a couple hours after work most nights, and had a lovely mom who prepared mostly vegetarian food at home, and plenty of it. He had to consume thousands of calories a day to support his needs–how could he do it, without blowing up?!
It is also been observed that few individuals cannot tolerate soluble fiber from beans. Fruit Juices with high fructose content. Adding healthy fats like olive to cooking, or sprinkling grated cheese, nuts or seeds over the top of a meal are all easy ways to really boost the calories in any meal. If you have too large of a smoothie, you could potentially trigger your IBS symptoms. I wish you the very best in your weight and IBS journey but above all I want you to remember that true beauty comes from within. Maintaining a healthy weight is important for health. Make every mouthful count! Weight loss also occurs due to strict diet restrictions to cope up with the disorder.
Here is the story of slim Sam, a dietitian with IBS who is willing to share her tips for maintaining or gaining weight while managing IBS. The key take home message is that it is possible to achieve a healthy weight as well as a healthy, happy gut. Over to you, Sam. Do you wish you could put on just a few kilos — or at the very least keep your weight stable — but find it very difficult whilst also managing and monitoring FODMAPs? In a world fixated on weight loss it can be hard to find good quality information on how to gain weight, healthily. Make every mouthful count! To stop you feeling stuffed full the idea is to increase the calorie density of your meals and snacks without increasing the portion size too much. Add nutritious high calorie foods to all meals and snacks such as low FODMAP nuts and seeds, peanut butter, oil extra virgin olive oil or sesame oil are my favourite healthy oils, grated cheese, pesto, mayonnaise, satay sauce and coconut milk or cream. Choosing higher calorie choices of similar foods is also helpful.