I Weigh 100lbs - Weight Gain Foods
I need to eat more calories.
But I 1) get full fast, 2) not very hungry, 3) probably have a fast metabolism, and 4) since i started to exercise a litte bit, that makes me lose extra calories.
Most high calories food, calorie-dense foods are not healthy (for example, peanut butter, high sat. fat) or they may have high sugar, or they are overly expensive for price to calorie ratio. grains are the best "value"
I'm suppose to eat ~2000 calories per day. One serving, or bunch, of whole wheat pasta (grain) for example is 350 calories, so that means I need to eat almost 6 of them per day... I only eat that once per day. How am I expected to eat 6 of them per day...
of course you eat other stuff with the grain, but they don't add a significant amount of calories. i also don't eat fast food junk.
a few days ago, i started eating nuts (almonds specifically), but again, you really have to eat ALOT of them to get the calories up.
im trying to think of other tricks to get the calories up, but am running up empty.
im thinking of cheating by finding a high-calorie healthy shake-like drink, but i don't know if any of those exist on the market.
any suggestions based on the above comments?
Peanut butter is a perfect option. It's great for you. There are a lot of healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats in it, and the saturated fat content is very low, contrary to your post (see link). Much of the saturated fat in PB is healthy also (stearic acid and lauric acid). Additionally, they are very cheap ~$2.99-3.99 for 16 two tbsp servings. So there's your first good way to get in calories. Just buy organic and there won't be any sugar in it. Peanuts or Peanuts, Salt is what you want your ingredients to say.
You could try any kind of nut butter really. They also make sunflower seed butter, almond butter, cashew butter, etc. All great choices.
Whole wheat pasta, as you said, is also a pretty good way to get calories in. One cup spaghetti is ~175 calories, so if you had 2 cups of that, plus a piece of lean meat and some veggies, you're easily looking 500+ calories in one meal.
On the nuts comment, you really don't need to eat a lot at all, that's why they are called a calorie dense food. I.e. for every 28 almonds or so (which is probably less than a normal handful), that's about 170-200 calories.
Don't get a high calorie drink mix. If you must, make your own. There are lots of protein powder recipes out there and healthy smoothies you can make. Find some of those. Pick yourself up some good protein, flavor of your choice.
Other good sources of calories:
- Milk, any fat percentage you want
- Greek yogurt
The items you talked about are good choices, are not hard to get, really aren't expensive, and are pretty calorie dense. It seems to me like you have or have had a previous eating issue. If that's true, what you need to do is just learn to eat more, however it is you go about that. Basically that's the problem here, because quite frankly, 2000 calories is not hard to do, and it's certainly not at the point where you should be worried about how you're going to get that much in during the day, especially if you're active.
Last edited by Ride_On; Sep. 25/09 at 01:30 AM.
I'm not going to answer your question directly (although Ride_on is right about the PB) but I just wanted to make the point that you seem to worry a little too much about things having to be perfectly healthy.
There's nothing wrong with trying to eat well but with you it seems to have got to the point where the damage you're doing by under eating might be greater than the damage the occasional burger might do.
Once you start upping your calorie intake you'll find eating becomes easier and you'll be able to consume larger quanities at any one time. It just takes a bit of time and effort to keep eating frequently at first
100 lbs, what is your height and age ? The other new guy this morning said he was 5 foot and lookin to bulk. He wasnt for real though. Just chekin bro. Let us know.
I was curious about the height too.
Originally Posted by johnny83
Early satiety and poor appetite are potential red flag indicators of illness and you should see your physician for a workup.
Originally Posted by precisionflying
Have you experienced any weight loss?
Do you ever get nauseous looking at food?
Peanut butter and nut butters in general have mostly good fats, as long as the peanut butter is not made with hydrogenated oil (commonly used to keep the oil from separating).
Originally Posted by precisionflying
Fat is calorie dense; if you eat more of the good kind of fat, you may be able to get in more calories. For example, fatty fish, nuts, avocados, olive oil based salad dressings, etc. can help you increase the calorie density of your food.
You may want to ask your doctor if you have any medical condition that makes it difficult for you to eat enough food, especially if you are underweight, you are losing weight unintentionally, or the difficulty eating enough food is something that has been changing for the worse.
you're right to talk about nutrition, but to really get healthy you need to add workout to the ecuation. I tried the tips I read about on howcelebritiesloseweight.com]How Celebrities Lose Weight - Celebrity Diets, Workouts, & Weight Loss Secrets![/url] but it really depends on your daily habits. you need to check your metabolism - if it's really high then you need to eat more. If it's low, you can eat bigger meals fewer times
Several years ago, I was 6'1" and 130 lbs. I think I know what you mean about not being hungry and getting full right away. You basically need to just eat anyway. Eat till you're full, wait a few minutes till the fullness starts to subside, then eat some more. It is a bit weird, but you've got to expand your stomach. How many meals do you eat in a day?
As everyone above stated: natural peanut butter is awesome. So is olive oil, milk, avocados, oatmeal, chicken, eggs, lean steak... the list goes on and on.
I understand your concern with eating healthy. But the bottom line is that you need to eat. A bit of fat here and there will not hurt you. In fact, fat is essential to building muscle, albeit in smaller quantities compared to good carbs and protein.
I definitely agree with Ride On in regards to high calorie shakes. You're better off with the real thing as the weight gain shakes are loaded with junk. I would however suggest a decent whey protein powder. That'll add protein and calories to your diet and for someone that is having trouble adjusting to eating a lot, it can help.
One thing that did strike me in your post was your reference to calories being burned by exercise. Please tell me that you are not running. Lift heavy as you can and avoid cardio for a while.
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