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Dear Fit,
Hello! I am in desperate need for your help... I am 21 years old, 5'5" and
weigh 105 lbs. I'm not incredibly happy with my size at all. Don't think I
want to go all Nicole Richie... I actually want the complete opposite. I'm
trying to GAIN weight. I was wondering... what types of food should I be
eating to help me add pounds? Please help... I'm desperate for curves!
-Not Nicole

With all the talk in the news about obesity, it is easy to forget that some people actually want to gain some weight. Just like with losing weight, when you want to gain weight you want to do it gradually and not shock your system. 3500 additional calories eaten over a week equals one pound gained. You want to increase your caloric load with healthy foods, not cake and ice cream. Increase healthy fat intake with foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and nuts. Plus look for lean proteins like fish and poultry. It might be easier to eat 5 - 6 small and balanced meals than 3 large meals a day. Drink juice or milk with meals instead of sugary sodas because of their nutritional value.

Don't forget strength training to build muscle mass.

Good luck!


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