Nine Odd Tricks to Maximize Your Weight Gain

Hello gainers of all shapes and sizes. Today’s post is about tricks you can use to maximize your weight gain. From lighting to subliminal messaging to your plate size and color, I’m going to teach you how to trick yourself into getting fat. This post makes references to psychological, chemical, biological and historical studies, all impacting weight gain, and makes it easy to digest. Let’s get right into it!

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The Reality of Body Mass Index

> Body Mass Index does not take into account muscle mass, bone structure, race, nationality, pregnancy, disabilities, amputations, or fitness. As a result, everyone who is not an able-bodied white male of medium build and fitness is more likely to be labeled with an “unhealthy” BMI score.

> The BMI system was not ever meant to be used as a way to categorize individuals; it was designed to observe trends in populations with a specific caution written into its introduction that it should not be used on an individual basis under any circumstances.

> Insurance companies shrank the “healthy” weight category in 1998 in order to accommodate a third category of unhealthy weight, obesity. Overnight, millions of Americans went from being in the ideal BMI range to being considered overweight. This decision made it easier for insurance companies to deny consumers coverage.

> Generally speaking, the statistics indicate that people in the overweight BMI category (NOT the ideal weight BMI category) have the longest lifespan.

> On average, fashion models have a BMI of about 16, which is well into the medically underweight range. We are surrounded all day, every day, by images of people who are very thin and furthermore photoshopped to appear even thinner, which leads most people to perceive those of healthy weight for their height and bone structure as being too large, including ourselves.

Fun Fact 109

New Zealand residence visas require applicants to be in good health so that “significant costs” are not place on the health service. Many applications have been rejected on the grounds that applicants’ are too fat based on their body mass index and would be costly to health services.

From non-binary to gender critical

So, not many of you know this, but from about mid-2015 to early 2016 I identified as non-binary. Now there are a couple of reasons I did so.

1. Anorexia screwed with my hormones. When males are underweight (in my case 48kg at my lowest, with a Body Mass Index of 15), their testosterone level drops dramatically, which messes with the balance of testosterone and oestrogen in the male body. However, with still higher testosterone than a female body, it left me with something in between; not quite ‘female’ and not quite ‘male’ (even though I was, still am, and always will be very much male). It’s really, really hard to explain. However, this was about 5% of the reason.

2. The other 95% is because I felt I had to. The discourse around the LGBT+ community right now perpetuates harmful gender stereotypes. I, however, break societal norms as a gender non-conforming (GNC) man. For a boy like me - who loves flower crowns, flowers, dancing, baking, makeup and other traditionally ‘feminine’ things, and who is kind, gentle, curious, caring and loving, and who even looks ‘feminine’ - the label of ‘masculine’ doesn’t fit me. I didn’t fit the stereotype put forward by toxic masculinity, therefore I couldn’t be a ‘man’. So I turned to the LGBT+ community. What did I get? I got “No, you’re not a man, you must be non-binary!” To them, I didn’t fit the traditional gender stereotypes, therefore I wasn’t a man, and I could identify out of being one. Not only that, but I also have quite severe body dysmorphic disorder. People in the libfem and trans community told me that this is body dysphoria (it is not).

There is an immense amount of pressure put on GNC men and women (particularly on GNC lesbians and gay men) to identify out of being lesbians and gay men. Society can’t handle us, and apparently neither can our own community. How about that, our own community can’t handle a butch lesbian or a fem gay man, so they want us to identify out of it.

I could have identified as non-binary for the rest of my life, but I have my friend and radical feminism to thank for snapping me out of this delusion. My friend is a de-transitioned lesbian radical feminist, and she told me something I had trouble dealing with. Gender and gender stereotypes are bullshit. I am masculine because I’m a man. The notions of masculinity enforced by the patriarchy - and upheld by liberal feminism - don’t mean anything. My masculinity involves wearing makeup, dancing, baking, kindness, gentleness and everything that is me. She taught me that it is up to GNC men and women to reject the categories that society tries to force us into, to stand up and say no, we are masculine/feminine, nothing that anyone can say will ever take that away from us, and that traditional notions of masculinity and femininity are bullshit.

This really did help me, and it made me realise just how much liberal feminism has become a tool of the patriarchy to uphold oppressive gender stereotypes.

Not only this, but the whole ‘non-binary’ category allows people to attempt to identify out of privilege. You can be heterosexual, rich, white, male and masculine presenting, but if you decide to identify as non-binary, you suddenly become oppressed. 

There is no doubt in my mind that people, whether it be on a conscious or subconscious level, do this. How many times has a man (sorry, non-binary person) - who is heterosexual, white and masculine presenting - told you that he’s more oppressed than you on the basis of his gender? For the women out there, how many times has he said that you benefit from being women while he doesn’t benefit because he’s ‘non-binary’. It’s happened to me, and the man in question had a full beard and a man-bun.

The question is, if you have to continually keep telling people how oppressed you are, who are you really trying to convince?

I hope a GNC gay man or lesbian out there reads this. If you are one of these people reading this, I want you to know that you matter and you are valid. Your identity is yours, and don’t let anyone take that away from you.

This is really important to me- I want to reach the “healthy” category!

Want to know your BMI? Either look at the chart above ^^

Or calculate it:

BMI=[(Weight in pds) / (height in inches X height in inches)] x703

BMI = [(Weight in Kilograms) / ( Height in Meters x Height in Meters )]

According to NIH:

Underweight = <18.5

Normal weight = 18.5–24.9

Overweight = 25–29.9

Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater

According to the British newspaper the Evening Standard the BMI of an average model is 16 (also considered starvation according to the World Health Organization) 

BMI Progress

A reminder to myself that my BMI used to be 51. Fifty-one. I was a member of 50+ BMI Club. A BMI of over 40 is morbidly obese — I was ten points above that. Now, after losing 100 lbs (and becoming a member of the Century Club) my BMI is under 35, putting me into the Obese category. In less than 40 more lbs, I will be overweight.

I never thought I’d lose over 100 lbs. I didn’t think it was possible. When I was 316 lbs, 216 seemed so incredibly far away and impossible that I thought maybe I’d be happy at like, 250, or 275. But, here I am, 100 lbs later, all on my own (with support from my boyfriend, of course). Fuck you, depression, bipolar disorder, and many other issues that enabled my habits. I still deal with my mental ailments, even after the weight loss, but they don’t control my BMI anymore.

height vs weight

since this is basically all that is in my asks, im officially making a list for what the lowest weight you should go for what your bmi (body mass index) is 💕

4'8 ~ 82.5 lbs

4'9 ~ 85.5 lbs

4'10 ~ 88.5 lbs

4'11 ~ 91.5 lbs

5’ ~ 94.5 lbs

5'1 ~ 98 lbs

5'2 ~ 101 lbs

5'3 ~ 104.5 lbs

5'4 ~ 107.5 lbs

5'5 ~ 111 lbs

5'6 ~ 114.5 lbs

5'7 ~ 118 lbs

5'8 ~ 122 lbs

5'9 ~ 125 lbs

5'10 ~ 129 lbs

5'11 ~ 133 lbs

6 ~ 136.5 lbs

6'1 ~ 140 lbs

6'2 ~ 144 lbs

6'3 ~ 148 lbs

6'4 ~ 152 lbs

stay safe ❤

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I just found this old picture of me where I was around 10kg heavier. I look a lot more healthy than on the right picture (now). But let me tell you something: I wasn’t healthy at all.
I spent every minute of every day hating my body. And I binged/purged, restricted and starved.
An eatingdisorder does not depend on your weight. You can be anorexic or bulimic with a body mass index of 20.
Sometimes your mind is more unhealthy than your weight.
I never wanted to go outside because I just hated the way I look. I felt so fat and disgusting. But now I look at this picture and I don’t understand why I was thinking like that. If I would have been another person and I would have met myself on the street I would have thought that I’m a beautiful girl with an amazing body.
But even today, 10kg lighter, I’m hating my body. I am not happy. I am more unhealthy. My hair is falling out. I’m constantly cold. My muscles are gone. I don’t have boobs and yes my ass is gone too. I just hate my current situation but my eatingdisorder is so strong, stronger than I am right now.
Eatingdisorders won’t make you happy.
Starving won’t make you happy.
Losing 10kg won’t make you happier. Because it’s never enough. You’ll never be happy with yourself when you spend every day in a war with your mind.
You have to learn to accept yourself. Because YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL.
Every type of body is beautiful.
You have monster curves? Go rock it girl!
You’re really skinny? Let everyone see your tiny body!
You belong to the “average body type”? Show them that you’re unique!

Don’t let society or other people tell you what you should look like.
Don’t develop an eatingdisorder and don’t spend every day in a war with yourself.
The world offers so many opportunitys for you to explore everything.
Go find happiness and go find peace. That’s all what matters.
You matter.
I love you.
NHS provokes fury with indefinite surgery ban for smokers and obese
Around 15 per cent of the population smoke, while 22 per cent of adults are obese, the report estimates.

The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.

The restrictions - thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services - immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.

Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking.

But the new rules, drawn up by clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Hertfordshire, say that obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” at all, unless the circumstances are exceptional.

The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.

East and North Hertfordshire CCG and  Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.

Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.

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anonymous asked:

Hi! When creating characters I often have a problem finding the correct weight for the character's height / build— which results in me usually just searching up a body mass index or etc. Any tips on how to choose a weight that suits your character's muscle and height? Thank you!

Just a general note, not just for your but for everyone describing weight:

The thing to keep in mind about describing/writing about weight is that body types can be incredibly different. Different people carry fat or muscle differently, and I think it’s really difficult to establish a standard for any particular height. Two people of the same height can be different weights and still be healthy, for example. There are a lot of factors that go into “weight” and how it’s interpreted or shown on the body.

Anyway, I looked into it, and from what I found, a lot of people favor this site here. It lists weights for small, medium, and large frames at different heights. 

The thread on which I found that site had some interesting discourse on looking at a character’s weight.

Another great resource is this other site here, which shows photos of actual people at different weights/heights so you can get an idea of what it might look like in reality. 

Less to do with weight, but the height comparison tool is just really fun to play with. 

I hope this helps!


For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too. Source

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New genetic roots for intelligence discovered

Intelligence is one of the most investigated traits in humans and higher intelligence is associated with important economic and health-related life outcomes. Despite high heritability estimates of 45% in childhood and 80% in adulthood, only a handful of genes had previously been associated with intelligence and for most of these genes the findings were not reliable. The study, published in the journal Nature Genetics, uncovered 52 genes for intelligence, of which 40 were completely new discoveries. Most of these genes are predominantly expressed in brain tissue.

“These results are very exciting as they provide very robust associations with intelligence. The genes we detect are involved in the regulation of cell development, and are specifically important in synapse formation, axon guidance and neuronal differentiation. These findings for the first time provide clear clues towards the underlying biological mechanisms of intelligence,” says Danielle Posthuma, Principal Investigator of the study.

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