How Do I Gain Weight?
By Shereen Jegtvig, About.com Guide
Updated August 23, 2012
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Question: How Do I Gain Weight?
I've lost too much weight over the past few years and my doctor says I need to gain some weight. Can you give me some tips for eating more foods so I can gain a few pounds?
Willie - About.com User
Answer: You'll probably need to increase your caloric intake. You can do that by eating a larger volume of food or by choosing foods that are energy-dense (higher in calories).
Either way, you should choose foods that arenutrient-dense instead of settling for high-caloriejunk foods. Foods that are both energy- and nutrient-dense include legumes, nuts, seeds, olives, and avocados. Increase your consumption of dairy products, meats, seafood and poultry, too.
Who Needs to Gain Weight?
The high rate of obesity and overweight problems in our culture means there is much more emphasis on losing weight rather than gaining weight. It is easy to forget about people who are too thin. Some people are naturally thin and want to be bigger, but being underweight can result from eating disorders or appetite loss due to certain medical conditions. Aging also affects appetite, as we gradually lose some of our ability to smell and taste foods. If you've recently...