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October 28, 2012 8:03 AM
Hey,
I am trying to gain weight (muscle) and not loos fat as I barely have any.
I really like this website and the Android/iPhone app but you guys seriously must start implementing functionality for people who want to gain weight.

I set my goals to "gain 1 Kilo a week" or something like that but the counter on my profile site says "0kg/lbs lost".
Why doesn't it tell me how much I have gained?

And for people who selected gain as their goal the calories should be displayed in red as long as you have not eaten enough yet and turn green after that, not the other way around like it is for people who are trying to loose weight.

It's not uncommon for men to try and gain weight these days so I really can't understand why the functionaity provided for these people on this website is so basic.

Please do something about that and keep up the good work!

L
Edited by BigGainerL On October 28, 2012 8:04 AM
October 29, 2012 10:31 AM
Because you and the two other men who want to gain weight can simply go eat a few Big Macs and tubs of Breyers full fat icecream while watching the game and pack on the lbs. You don't need this website!

Okay, I'm being a little (okay, a lot) facetious.. I'm sorry. Good luck on your quest!
Edited by babzog On October 29, 2012 10:31 AM
October 29, 2012 1:10 PM
Babzog, lots of people need to gain weight. I am a woman who would like to gain. I would rather not do it by filling my body with junk. Maybe it's hard for you to comprehend, but some people actually have to make an effort to gain weight. So yeah, we actually do need to count our calories to know we're getting enough.
October 30, 2012 7:37 AM
Exactly. Being an extremely underweight teenage girl, who is constantly judged, and people think that you have anorexia... That's not fun. I have an extremely fast metabolism, and I have ADHD, so I take medication, and it suppresses my appetite... It's alot harder than everybody thinks.
November 7, 2012 7:45 AM
I'm not trying to make light of your situation, but I think you'll find that the majority of people would dearly love to have your "problem".

Okay, I get that you want to avoid junk - I was being facetious. So, avoid the low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-flavour foods. Eat good foods and cook with full fat, use sugar when called for rather than sweetener. Imagine a nice fettucini alfredo made with real cream and cheese - very rich and high-calorie and very very flavourful. A nice shepherds pie with regular ground beef (not lean, so you get the flavour of the fat) topped with real mashed potatoes with real butter, not low-fat margarine. How about a nice meal of cheese or sausage tortellini with a nice tomato meat sauce - high calorie and tasty. Homemade chili with regular ground beef, lots of beans, etc. Nice butcher sausages, real bacon, whole eggs (not just the whites), spuds and breads, Asian and Indian curries made with coconut milk..... if you really need to gain, just eat and enjoy every succulent bite of your well-filled plate! The rest of us will look on with envy as we measure out our meagre portions soas to try to reduce the spare tire to at least a mini-spare.
November 7, 2012 9:04 AM
Okay so i have to chime in on this one. I totally understand the plight of trying to gain weight in a good heathly way as in muscle gain not fat. I also understand the frustration of trying to lose weight in a heathy way lose fat gain muscle and such. I think for those who are trying to lose it is hard to understand or see the other side since they do not have that issue and sometimes think it would be a better issue to have. I have a friend who can not keep weight on and we frequently have talks about just this subject. Since overweight is seen as unhealthy the underweight don't get the attention or understanding. Both issues are very very important and are difficult to over come. I agree with the BigGainerL about liking the way this sight logs things and maybe it can make a few adjustments to help the weight gainers keep track or maybe there is another site out there like this that is program more towards gainers. Either way I wish those who wish or need to gain weight the best of luck on their journeys as well as those of us who are trying to lose weight. We are all trying to do what is best for our health and both sides need to remember that and support each other.
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November 7, 2012 9:44 AM
By the way I need to lose weight but I have a daughter who is an athlete and she has to work to maintain weight. We are all different and it isn't fair to judge someone because they need to gain.
Edited by 16Momma16 On November 7, 2012 9:45 AM
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November 7, 2012 9:51 AM
if you haven't yet checked out BODY BEAST by beachbody you should.
You can print off the worksheets at www.beachbody.com and see most of the workouts (or people doing them rather) on youtube.

If you have the money, you can just buy the workout video. It promises over 10lbs of weight gain (muscle).
November 7, 2012 12:43 PM
QUOTE:

By the way I need to lose weight but I have a daughter who is an athlete and she has to work to maintain weight. We are all different and it isn't fair to judge someone because they need to gain.


I make no _judgements_ of people because they have trouble gaining weight... it's just a problem I dearly pray I wish I could have. I look sideways, kinda squinty-eyed at a carb and I'll put on 3x its calorie value in weight.

ajrich1 said it best - I wish everyone luck in their goals.
November 7, 2012 6:58 PM
I personally think that there should be a gain weight/ muscle tracker! Once I get down to my primary goal I intend on building a lot more muscle than I am right now. This would be a great thing to add to the site if it can be done! :)

I also have a friend whom is a body builder & the main reason that she hasn't joined MFP is because it mostly supports weight loss with very little weight gain options.
Edited by AyaKara On November 7, 2012 6:59 PM
November 13, 2012 7:56 AM
I think you bring up a good point. Maybe you should email MyFitnessPal marketing group directly through the contact us section.
January 16, 2013 5:53 PM
Just want to say me too - I'm finding it hard to gain weight, and think that this site could help me be more disciplined about adding enough calories. But does the technology work for you when you have this goal ?
January 18, 2013 2:17 PM
I'm all about getting the site to modify it for those of us who want to gain weight. Instead of seeing "0 pounds lost", I'd like to see "x pounds gained".

I just got the app and joined today, and so far I love it. But ^that^ is my only complaint!
January 18, 2013 2:28 PM
I'd like to see a body fat percentage tracker and a lean mass tracker. Both so much more important than scale weight IMO
January 19, 2013 5:18 AM
I changed my goal to add on lbs so it did increase my calorie intake. What I think would be good is to add the ability to remove the box where is shows if I lost or gained at all. That alone would be a HUGE help. (unless I can already do this and I just can't figure out how??). Thanks!
January 21, 2013 2:09 AM
Just want to say me too! If you can just make it say "x kg gained" insted of "0kg lost". Also the thing about food intake going green once you reach the target not before you reach it.

Thanks
January 21, 2013 2:11 AM
QUOTE:

I'd like to see a body fat percentage tracker and a lean mass tracker. Both so much more important than scale weight IMO


great idea, I'll second that
January 21, 2013 2:16 AM
my husbands the same. in wither he's 190 when wet wearing cinder blocks. in summer he's 160. he wants to get to 220 but he does way too much to gain any weight. (delivers appliances all day for 15 years) and since i'm trying to lose, we clash. Good luck to you. you might want to eat a lot of protein. I'm not sure if that would help or not, but it's mentioned in a few books that I am reading.
Edited by Maidofmer On January 21, 2013 2:16 AM
January 21, 2013 2:17 AM
QUOTE:

I'm not trying to make light of your situation, but I think you'll find that the majority of people would dearly love to have your "problem".

Okay, I get that you want to avoid junk - I was being facetious. So, avoid the low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-flavour foods. Eat good foods and cook with full fat, use sugar when called for rather than sweetener. Imagine a nice fettucini alfredo made with real cream and cheese - very rich and high-calorie and very very flavourful. A nice shepherds pie with regular ground beef (not lean, so you get the flavour of the fat) topped with real mashed potatoes with real butter, not low-fat margarine. How about a nice meal of cheese or sausage tortellini with a nice tomato meat sauce - high calorie and tasty. Homemade chili with regular ground beef, lots of beans, etc. Nice butcher sausages, real bacon, whole eggs (not just the whites), spuds and breads, Asian and Indian curries made with coconut milk..... if you really need to gain, just eat and enjoy every succulent bite of your well-filled plate! The rest of us will look on with envy as we measure out our meagre portions soas to try to reduce the spare tire to at least a mini-spare.


muscle is harder to build than to lose weight. Losing weight is easy. To put on lean muscle with minimal fat takes a lot more conscious effort than to drop weight imo.
January 28, 2013 1:44 PM
I totally agree. At first I was very reluctant to count my calories since I never had to before but the more research I did and lack of results I was seeing doing things my own way, I saw the need for it. Counting calories is a little more to do but worth it!
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January 28, 2013 1:45 PM
Great advice and works!
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January 28, 2013 1:47 PM
QUOTE:

Because you and the two other men who want to gain weight can simply go eat a few Big Macs and tubs of Breyers full fat icecream while watching the game and pack on the lbs. You don't need this website!

Okay, I'm being a little (okay, a lot) facetious.. I'm sorry. Good luck on your quest!



this was just ridiculous. Some people actually care about gaining weight and losing body fat, so we don't feel the need to shovel crap down our throats in order to gain.
January 28, 2013 1:49 PM
QUOTE:

I'm not trying to make light of your situation, but I think you'll find that the majority of people would dearly love to have your "problem".

Okay, I get that you want to avoid junk - I was being facetious. So, avoid the low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-flavour foods. Eat good foods and cook with full fat, use sugar when called for rather than sweetener. Imagine a nice fettucini alfredo made with real cream and cheese - very rich and high-calorie and very very flavourful. A nice shepherds pie with regular ground beef (not lean, so you get the flavour of the fat) topped with real mashed potatoes with real butter, not low-fat margarine. How about a nice meal of cheese or sausage tortellini with a nice tomato meat sauce - high calorie and tasty. Homemade chili with regular ground beef, lots of beans, etc. Nice butcher sausages, real bacon, whole eggs (not just the whites), spuds and breads, Asian and Indian curries made with coconut milk..... if you really need to gain, just eat and enjoy every succulent bite of your well-filled plate! The rest of us will look on with envy as we measure out our meagre portions soas to try to reduce the spare tire to at least a mini-spare.



I've never really had to lose, but I can tell you, gaining can be just as hard of a problem for those of us trying to gain as losing is for those of you trying to lose. Both groups of people just want to get healthy.
March 29, 2013 12:25 PM
If you really looking to pack on the lean mass try bodybuilding.com they have all that you need to gain lean mass and make the most Natural gains you can. They are just like this site but aimmed at gaining lean muscle in a smart way> There is a lot to learn about gaining lean mass Ex. are you getting enough protien and fat in your diet ? How about Clean carbs got to have them too. If you yo need help I can help you cause I am on the same kick . trying to Transform my 43 yr old body back into my 20 something rock hard self again. ever need help I am here. Just drop me a line ..
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March 29, 2013 2:19 PM
The name of the site is MyFitnessPal, not MyWeightlossPal... Skinny people trying to put on weight have to worry about their overall fitness too. I don't enjoy eating, I eat slow due to several medical reasons, I have a small appetite, and I often go days without eating. Not because I'm anorexic or because I 'think I'm fat', but because I simply forget to eat. Counting calories helps me remember to not only eat but also makes me conscious of what I'm eating and gives me a way to track what foods render the best results.

This site is usable for such means, and I've been able to put on a few pounds since I started counting calories and what not. However, the site could seriously diversify and grow if it expanded their view or target audience/demographics to include those of us trying to gain weight.

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