What You Should Know About Eating to Gain Weight

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Most people look at a thin person and say, “I would give anything to be like you.” What they don’t realize is that for some people gaining weight is as challenging as losing it. If you’re in this situation, here are some things you should know.

Visit the Doc

First, get checked out by the doctor to be sure there is no underlying problem. You may have a thyroid issue or other medical condition which must be treated before you can gain weight. Rule out any health problems before you attempt to treat it on your own.

Don’t Focus on Empty Calories

When someone needs to gain weight, their friends and family may try to be helpful by offering a second helping or dessert or more snacks. Empty calories do nothing for you and may even cause you to burn more calories with the sugar rush. Just like you need good calories to lose weight, you need to follow the same idea when you want to gain.

Eat a Balanced Meal

You may find diets that focus on protein or carbs or other nutrients. However, you need to eat a well-balanced meal to get all the nutrients your body needs. Carbs give you energy, but extra carbs will be stored for future use. Protein provides the nutrition necessary for your cells to do their jobs. Don’t focus on one food group at the expense of others.

Avoid Low-Fat

Since gaining weight is your priority, skip the low-fat options. Get full-fat dairy products and other foods to help put on the pounds. Healthy fats are good for your body but avoid bad fats.

Eat More Often

You may need to eat smaller meals several times a day to get enough calories in. Just like you eat 500 calories less per day to lose one pound per week, you can eat 500 more if you want to gain. Add in an extra snack to get those additional calories. Gain weight in a healthy way to make it last.