... weight. Please help
Again, agree with KM about testing your thyroid or getting a work up done to see the cause of your inability to gain weight. Small mini meals (5-6) throughout are best as you may not tolerate large volumes at once. Also supplement with nutrient dense snacks (ensure plus, shakes/smoothies made with protein powder that you can add olive oil into, about 1 TBS, which will disguise the taste, try not to eat low fat products, snack on nuts, cheese, use 2% milk, and add oils and protein powder to foods when you can). What is your height and weight? I can then determine your %IBW (ideal body weight) to see if you fall into the underweight category. At each meal and snack you want to include protein and fat, and then of course a balanced diet with carbohydrates including fruit and starchy vegetables as well as whole grains and vegetables for the nutrients. . Again, you want to make the most out of each small meal, so adding butter/margarine, canola and olive oils, veggies with hummus or full fat dressing. You want to establish healthy eating patterns while gaining weight so fast food, sweets, junk food are fine in moderation but they're healthier ways to do this. You can buy cases of Ensure plus at most grocers and places like wall mart. Making your shakes can be cheaper as you can get big containers of protein powder at above places, then just add milk, frozen fruit and oil. That packs in a lot of calories. To make it affordable for the family, you may all want to implement this type of eating. Hope that helps. But if you don't mind telling me your height and weight I can determine what you need to gain weight, which is usually an additional 500 calories a day each week resulting in 1 pound weight gain (3500 calories additional a week equals 1 pound, so divide that by 7 days in a week and you're at 500 additional calories a day). ( This could be done by simply adding 2-3 ensure products in or, for example: a shake made w/ 8 oz 2% milk, 1 scoop protein powder, 1 TBS oil, and 1/2-1 cup if frozen fruit could easily add up to around 500 calories right there) You don't want to put weight on too quickly just as you don't want to loose too quickly (+\- 1-2 lbs/week) is considered safe and healthy. Best of luck! Also, if your family shops on a budget, hopefully you have a Costco near where you can buy in bulk. Looking forward to hearing back from you! Warmest regards!
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