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How to Put on a Few Pounds

I know the title of this post seems odd, but there are people out there that actually want to gain weight.

Before you start with the, "oh please, give me a break," rant, keep a few things in mind. The term underweight is generally used to describe two kinds of people: those whose weight is considered below normal, but are still healthy. An example would be athletes and those with a genetic predisposition to thinness (like your best friend who eats like a horse but never gains a pound). The other category are those whose low weights are cause for significant health concerns. This group could be at high risk for respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, digestive disorders and even some cancers and should see a doctor. While some people do suffer with eating issues, not everyone that is skinny has an eating disorder.

The American Council on Exercise has come up with these tips on healthy weight gain:

  • Eat energy dense (high calorie) foods, but stay away from saturated fats such as cheese, beef, butter and bacon.
  • Eat three large meals, plus two to three snacks per day.
  • Increase portion sizes.
  • Increase intake of high calorie beverages.
  • Perform strength-training exercises to increase muscle size.

Fit's Tip: It is important to not only eat more calories but to also strength train as well so that your extra calories consumed turn into muscle, not fat.

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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
THANK YOU for such a great article! It's great that some people still remember us people who want to gain weight instead of acting like it's no big deal. It's just as hard to gain weight for some people as it is for them to lose weight. People, please don't judge. This is very helpful information.
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
ahhh this was me all through my teen years. my how times have changed :) I can totally relate to these people was so frustrating to be a "bean pole", i was playing sports year round still could not gain a pound back then.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
cool fit! i have a colleague & a friend who's trying to gain some weight. this will come in handy! :)
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Thanks Luci!
LuciLu LuciLu 10 years
crispet: protein shakes are a good idea! just make sure the sugar content is low. they have a lot of good choices at places like GNC and Wholefoods. You can get some great tasting ones too.
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
These are great tips, as I am trying to gain weight. FitSugar, what are some examples of high caloric drinks (that arent loaded with sugars)? Juices? Thanks Fit!
a-gentle-rain a-gentle-rain 10 years
The title of this post instantly made me think of How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days. Great movie.
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