Some people actually have a hard time gaining weight, and believe me, it’s not a fun situation. When you are constantly underweight, yet you eat as much as you can all the time and still don’t gain an ounce, it can seem as impossible for someone to gain weight as it is for someone else to lose weight. Every body is different, but if you want to have a healthier lifestyle and gain those few extra pounds that you need, there are healthy ways to gain the weight you need.
Don’t eat a ton of junk food. This is a common misconception of thin people trying to gain weight- they eat a lot of junk food and fatty items thinking they will pile on the pounds. You may gain weight this way, but not a healthy weight, and once you stop eating the junk food once you hit your goal weight, you will have a hard time managing your new weight and will quickly lose pounds again. To maintain a healthy weight you have to eat healthier foods, and consume more calories than you use.
Eat a lot of foods that are high in calories but not fats, like peanut butter on whole wheat toast for breakfast, orange juice, which gives calories without the sugars, and lots of fish, nuts, and poultry. Protein is a great way to add healthy muscle (and bulk) to your frame without adding a lot of fat, so adding healthy meats to your diet more often will help you gradually gain weight but not fat, and help you maintain your healthier physique a lot longer and more easily.
Make your mid-day snacks nutty ones, like trail mix, almonds, or peanut butter. High protein and calories with healthy fats to keep your body going. Eat when you’re hungry, as even an apple is putting something in your system. Once again, keep away from the junk food. You CAN gain weight by eating healthy foods.
Protein shakes between meals, and eating several small meals a day rather than 3 big ones, is a great way to gain weight as well. High metabolisms will be thrown off by always being at work on a meal of some sort if you eat more often, and eat bulkier meals, like potatoes, drinking more milk, and adding a protein shake to your diet.
If you eat 3 meals a day, eat a tinier bit more than you normally do, and always, once again, eat healthier foods. You want to eat baked chicken and fish, plenty of vegetables, drink milk and fresh juice, high protein and calorie items that don’t also fill you with fats and sugars.
Keep a calorie counter and a food diary, so you can make sure that you are eating your 2000 calories a day. Often, people who are underweight or who can’t gain weight are actually consuming far less calories than they realize, and only gaining calories in junk food, so they can’t keep a healthy weight. Keeping a diary of what you eat and how many calories you are getting is a great way to manage your weight gain.
When I realized I was only eating about 800 calories a day and burning most of it off while walking my dog and basically being active, it was no wonder I was losing weight. As a naturally thin person, I went from 85 pounds to just under 80 pounds fairly quickly, and my clothes were just falling off. Since I don’t get hungry often, yet am still a very active person, I went to my doctor to find out how I could gain weight without eating “more”. A protein supplement was advised, and eating a lot of small meals rich in protein and healthy fats. In a little under a month I am back up to 85 pounds, and I would like to hit 87, and I don’t feel I am eating more than I normally do, I’m just eating more foods that are rich in calories and protein. I eat a lot of peanut butter, nuts, and whole wheat bread and pastas. You can gain weight without turning to junk foods and sugar, and it isn’t that hard to do.
my doctor’s advice