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I started taking a Multi-vitamin supplement every day and began also to gain more weight.

Weight gain is all about lifestyle

You may inherit genes to cause you to have a slow metabolism or you may eat like your parents did thus old habits are hard to break. Thus, if you eat like your parents did and they too were obese, it may be because of them being too poor to eat more produce and perhaps you also got into the habit of buying more carbohydrates and processed foods.

Multivitamin supplements help you lose weight.

I read that taking multivitamins from having a bad diet that lacks necessary nutrients, minerals and vitamins and perhaps being sedentary and not getting outside and in the sunshine, can lead to having to take extra Vitamin D and a daily dose of supplemental vitamins and minerals such as the One A Day vitamin tablet.

You might take a dose of extra B vitamins and get a better appetite. This in turn causes weight gain. If you can focus on what you are drinking and eating, perhaps it's all more about your weight gain from poor diet and poor lifestyle choices, perhaps passed on by your parents onto you. You may be unable to buy supplemental vitamins, or even purchase a reasonable supply of fresh produce and fish so you might be like so many in America, on a diet of FAST FOOD and JUNK FOOD and SODA POP and SWEET foods like Candy, donuts, drink fruit drinks that contain lots of calories from concentrated fructose and added high fructose corn syrup.

Did you know that even an energy bar that contains peanuts, caramel and oats although flavorful and handy and cheap, they pack lots of calories.

Lifestyle along with supplements is a must:

The thing that makes multivitamin and multi-mineral supplements a bad idea is only if you just take the vitamin pills but stay on your bad diet habits. The thing that you need to change is first your thinking, then replace sugary foods and high carbohydrate foods with fresh fruit with fiber and fresh vegetables not canned, but fresh from the produce section of your local supermarket, and take time to chose between the fruits and vegetables that can be used in a certain type of meal which will include certain recipes that include a variety of vegetables, fish, meat and poultry, rice, beans or pasta and sauces and seasonings that add spice and flavor but not so much calories to your meal plans. You can get recipes for helping you lose weight through proper nutritional choices but it all depends on if you are willing to change your old habits to work with your goals to lose extra pounds and maybe over time eliminate many types of foods and beverages from your daily diet and replace the bad with the good.

Cutting down on daily food portions:

One simple thing is to try to just eat less of everything you normally eat and drink less beverages that have a high sugar content. Even have coffee or tea with half the sugar. Half portions are best realized if you actually use a smaller plate. If you use a smaller plate, your meal will still look like a full variety of food but by cutting your portion sizes you will CUT THE POUNDS. Eventually the stomach will feel full when it is not stuffed. You will notice that if you eat salty foods and drink a beverage you will hold more water in your body that causes water weight. If you reduce salt in your daily habits of eating, you might find that you eliminate more fluid naturally and that is good because having too much salt, thus too much water volume from retention, your blood pressure will go down to a lower level that is better than it was when you consumed lots of salt.

In conclusion:

I am sharing this because it means a lot to me to let others know things that will help improve health, vitality and most of all, a longer life span.

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VinceSummers wrote on June 8, 2017, 1:08 PM

Funny you mentioned health bars. My grandson eats practically nothing and is losing weight. I recommended to my wife that she buy him some "health bars." Not with all the chocolate slop in them, but moderately healthful ones featuring fruit and grains. No, not the super healthy ones that no one except the health nuts eat. Just moderately healthy.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 8, 2017, 1:28 PM

If your grandson is eating practically nothing no wonder he is losing weight. The health bars I am talking about, specifically, are Nature Valley bars. The ones with salty nuts. The ones with oats and honey are also what I take along if I am a short road trip just to keep my blood sugar up. I an not diabetic, according to my doctor at my last checkup just one week ago. I tend to get a bit hypoglycemic if I skip a meal and on the road a bit too long without a lunch break. I also try to remember to carry a pill bottle full of unsalted mixed nuts to fight off hunger. One treat that I favor most is what is called Chunky Monkey, a commercially made trail mix. It contains lots of chocolate bits with nuts and dried fruit. Do you favor any specific type of trail mix Vince?

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MegL wrote on June 8, 2017, 1:33 PM

Has he stopped eating? Is there any particular reason?

VinceSummers wrote on June 8, 2017, 1:48 PM

Personally? I don't like mixtures. I'm one of those eat it straight kind of guys. Let it mix in my gut. No. But I do like the idea of lightly salted mixed nuts for the little guy.

VinceSummers wrote on June 8, 2017, 1:49 PM

Actually, no. He never really took to it. He likes certain foods only. But he allows me to introduce a new one occasionally. Just occasionally.

lookatdesktop wrote on June 8, 2017, 2:19 PM

One of my step sons hardly ever ate any green vegetable. Imagine going through life without eating spinach, green peas, lettuce, celery, collards, broccoli and suffering some degree of digestive troubles throughout life? It's a very good thing you are introducing new foods to him. Hopefully eventually he will have a well rounded diet thanks to your help. I know you are a good positive influence on your grandson.

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MegL wrote on June 9, 2017, 2:29 AM

He sounds like a picky eater. I think melody23 has some knowledge of that.

melody23 wrote on June 9, 2017, 9:48 AM

I have intimate knowledge! You might do well to look up selective eating disorder and/or avoidant restrictive food intake disorder. Picky eating is not always a phase, there is sometimes a lot more to it than that.

I have never eaten a fruit in my life but I know I don't like them, I only eat four vegetables in fact I eat practically nothing at all yet I'm still fat - this article just shows that more awareness of people like me is needed. I'm going to leave this comment at that, I can get on my high horse a bit about these issues and don't want to do that here

lookatdesktop wrote on June 9, 2017, 10:34 AM

Well you made a good effort . Thanks. Thanks again. I will read up on the subjects brought to my attention. I admit I am not an expert on nutrition. I have a general understanding. It will take some time for me to rise to your level of expertise. Thanks again for your added wisdom.

For those interested in finding out more about Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder or ARFID, click on the link below:

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