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  1. Those TDEE calculators are relatively accurate (that one ssbbwlove just posted is awesome!), but always good to view the number as just an estimated starting point. The weekly weigh-ins and measurements will let you know if you need to eat more food to gain. Sometimes you have to put "Very Active" instead of sedentary if you have a fast metabolism. Weight fluctuates wildly at the start of a gain too, and there's often a period where the body overcompensates and tries to burn off the excess calories that can last anywhere from a few weeks to a month or more - But then suddenly one day you'll wake up much fatter once your metabolism gets used to the increased calorie intake and surrenders.
  2. The best thing to do is surround yourself with your favorite foods so you can fulfill all of your cravings as they arise. If just following your natural appetite doesn't work, then you can get a little more scientific with it and start keeping track of how much you're eating. It's really helpful to plug in your stats into a TDEE calculator to see how many calories you need just to maintain your weight. It's also useful to keep close track of your food intake for at least a month just to make sure you're eating enough. If you're used to eating 2,000 calories a day, you can try eating between 2200 to 2500 calories for a week and see if you gain. If you don't see results, try adding another 200 calorie snack each day and then readjust as needed at the end of the week. The key is to slowly increase caloric intake each week until you hit your desired rate of gain. A lot of new gainers utilize shakes because it can be hard to get used to eating so much food at first. There are lots of recipes for high calories shakes, both healthy versions and more rich and decadent ones (Milkshakes made with heavy cream, 'cake shakes', and shakes made with healthy, nutrient-dense ingredients are all equally effective). It's really easy to get 1,000 to 3,000 calories in a single shake. Going the shake route is also more cost effective, as you can just eat the way you are used to eating and not have to spend more money on food apart from a few shake ingredients.
  3. Welcome to Curvage! I hope you find all all the support and encouragement you need here. So glad you joined the community!
  4. Aliss Bonython seems very comfortable with her lower belly, and she has quite a prominent one.
  5. You can use heavy cream in the milkshakes. Even just one cup of cream blended with 2 cups of ice cream comes out to around 1500 calories depending on what kind of ice cream you use. Ideally best to drink as dessert later in the day/evening, after having eaten all the food required for the day.
  6. Do you have any idea how many calories she's consuming currently? I'd recommend trying to have her keep track of what she's eating for a few weeks to make sure she's eating enough. For someone her height, her daily maintenance should be anywhere from 1500 to 1900 depending on her activity level. I'd suggest adding around 200 to 300 more calories on top of what she's already eating to start and then do readjustments if you don't see results. If she's still not gaining at 2200 calories, for example, she should try eating 2400 calories the following week. Sometimes the body does this thing called adaptive thermogenesis where it literally burns off the extra calories, but this is only temporary. As long as she continues to eat past her TDEE she will definitely gain.
  7. Have you tried daily shakes? Sometimes drinking calories helps when you have a poor appetite. Exercise can stimulate the appetite as well. Other than that, just making sure she's surrounded by all of her favorite foods on a daily basis is key.
  8. IF is mainly used for weight loss, and isn't recommended for anyone who struggles to eat a lot. It's difficult to get 3,000+ calories in a single meal - and to get all your daily nutrients in that one meal you'd have to do some pretty weird food combining.
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    Man, she and Gwen Stefani look amazing for 50.
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