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Top 10 Foods Highest in Calories


Calories are the basic unit of energy found in all foods and are necessary to maintain the body's vital functions or basil metabolic rate. The amount of calories a person needs depends on factors like their age, gender, and lean muscle mass. Eating too few calories for a prolonged period of time causes a person to become underweight (per the BMI) leading to muscle atrophy, weakened immunity, and eventually, organ failure. Conversely, eating too many calories causes a person to become overweight and obese, increasing their chances of heart disease, type II diabetes, and cancer. The amount of calories a person needs depends on their age, gender, activity level, and muscle mass. The DV for calories is 2000 calories. Below is a list of the top 10 foods with the highest calorie density, if you are looking to gain weight, also see the sections on calorie rich foods recommended for weight gain and select meal portions for eating more calories.

#1: Animal Fats (Lard, Tallow, Fish Oil) *Limit
High in saturated fats and cholesterol and low in everything else, consumption of animal fats is best minimized, used as a condiment at most. Tallow, lard, and fish oils all top the list providing 902 calories (45% DV) per 100 gram serving. That is 1849 calories per cup, 117 calories per tablespoon, and 45 calories per teaspoon. Butter contains slightly fewer calories with 876 calories per 100 gram serving or 44% DV.
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#2: Vegetable Oils (Soybean, Peanut, Palm, Olive)*Limit
Purified vegetable fats do not lag far behind animal fats. Try choose oils like Canola and Olive that are not hydrogenated, and therefore do not contain harmful trans fats. Vegetable oils provide 884 calories (44% DV) per 100 gram serving, 1927 calories per cup, 124 calories per tablespoon, and 44 calories per teaspoon.
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#3: Nuts and Seeds (Macadamia and Sesame)*Recommended
Packed with vitamins, minerals, and heart healthy fats and fibers, nuts and seeds are a great snack food, particularly if they are dry roasted unsalted. They are, however, extremely high calorie, pilinuts have the most with 719 calories (36% DV) per 100 gram serving. They are followed by macadamia nuts (718 calories), and pecans (715 calories). Most nuts and seeds provide around 948 calories per cup, and 200 calories per ounce.
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#4: Salad Dressings *Avoid
Usually packed with the fats and oils that top this list, salad dressings have earned a bad reputation with dieters trying to lose weight by eating salad. The amount of calories in dressings depends on how much oil and sugar is added when they are made. Simple dressings made of vinegar and herbs barely have any calories at all. The salad dressing with the most calories is French with 631 calories(26% DV) per 100g serving that is 88 calories per tablespoon. Other high calorie dressings include Caesar, Ranch, and Blue Cheese.
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#5: Peanut Butter *Recommended
The staple spread of lunch is the number 5 food for calories. 100 grams will provide 588 calories or 29% of the DV. That is 1517 calories per cup or 94 calories per tablespoon.
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#6: Junk Food (Snacks and Candies) *Avoid
Junk food ranges from the candy bar, to peanut brittle and toffee. It comes in many shapes and forms, but we all know what it is and how bad it makes us feel after we have finished eating it. Most junk food will carry around 560 calories(28% DV) per 100 gram serving. Candy bars provide around 260 calories, and a single 8 ounce bag of extruded cheese based puffs can pack 1269 calories, more than half the calories for your day!
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#7: Dark Chocolate *Recommended
Dark chocolate is a nutrient and antioxidant packed food that is well worth the calories and best eaten in moderation. One hundred grams of pure baking chocolate will provide 501 calories (25% DV). That is 661 calories in a grated cup, and 145 calories in a 29 gram square.
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#8: Cheese *Limit
A vegetarian source of protein, and also a good source of calcium, cheese is a tasty addition to most any dish. The Norwegian Brunost or Gjetost has the most calories with 466(23% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 130 calories per oz. Other high calorie cheeses include hard cheeses like Parmesan.
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#9: Fried Foods *Avoid
Fried foods are eaten in large servings and also incorporate the oils that top this list. Fast food fried chicken tops the list at 463 calories(23% DV) per 100 grams serving, ~230 calories per strip. Other foods high on the list are onion rings at 407 calories per 100 grams (~30 calories per ring) and fast food french fries at 373 calories per 100 grams or 573 calories per large serving.
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#10: Processed Meats (Sausage and Pâté) *Limit
Typically high in animal fats as well as the vitamins from their internal organs, these processed meats are also high in calories. Foie Gras, the pâté made from goose liver, has the most calories with 462(23%DV) calories per 100 gram serving, or 60 calories per tablespoon. In terms of sausages, the Spanish Chorizo has the most with 455 calories per 100 grams or 273 calories per 4 inch link.
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Calorie Rich Foods Recommended for Weight Gain

In addition to nuts and seeds, peanut butter, and dark chocolate, here are more high calorie foods recommended for gaining weight.
Sesame Butter (Tahini)595 calories per 100 gram serving167 calories per ounce (28 grams)89 calories in a fluid ounce (15 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Sesame Butter (Tahini)
Whole Wheat Crackers443 calories per 100 gram serving416 calories per cup (ground) (94 grams)18 calories per cracker (4 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Whole Wheat Crackers
Raisins299 calories per 100 gram serving434 calories per cup (145 grams)78 calories in 50 raisins (26 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Seedless Raisins
Dates282 calories per 100 gram serving415 calories per cup chopped (147 grams)20 calories in one date (7 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Dates (Deglet Noor)
Whole Wheat Bread266 calories per 100 gram serving133 calories in 2 slices (50 grams)67 calories per slice (25 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Whole Wheat Bread
Dried Apricots241 calories per 100 gram serving313 calories per cup (130 grams)10 calories in one dried apricot (4 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Dried Apricots
Coconut Milk230 calories per 100 gram serving1104 calories in 2 cups (480 grams)552 calories per cup (240 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Coconut Milk
Avocados160 calories per 100 gram serving368 calories per cup pureed (230 grams)322 calories in an average avocado (201 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Avocados
Brown Rice (Cooked)111 calories per 100 gram serving432 calories in 2 cups (390 grams)216 calories per cup (195 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Brown Rice (Cooked)
Oatmeal / Oats (Cooked)71 calories per 100 gram serving332 calories in 2 cups (468 grams)166 calories per cup (234 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Oatmeal (Cooked)
Grape Juice (100% Juice)61 calories per 100 gram serving308 calories per glass (16oz) (2 cups) (506 grams)154 calories per cup (8oz) (253 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Grape Juice
Pineapple Juice (100% Juice)53 calories per 100 gram serving266 calories per glass (16oz) (2 cups) (500 grams)133 calories per cup (8oz) (250 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Pineapple Juice
Apple Juice (100% Juice)47 calories per 100 gram serving234 calories per glass (16oz) (2 cups) (496 grams)117 calories per cup (8oz) (248 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Apple Juice
Orange Juice (100% Juice)45 calories per 100 gram serving224 calories per glass (16oz) (2 cups) (496 grams)112 calories per cup (8oz) (248 grams)Click to see complete nutrition facts for Orange Juice


Select Meal Portions for Eating More Calories

  • 1/2 Cup of Macadamia Nuts: 474 calories
  • 1/2 Cup of Almonds: 411 calories
  • 1 Glass of Grape Juice (16oz): 308 calories
  • 2 Whole Wheat Crackers with a 1 ounce slice of Cheese on each: 262 calories
  • 2 Whole Wheat Crackers with 1 tblsp of Peanut Butter on each: 224 calories
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice (Cooked): 218 calories
  • 1 Cup Brown Rice (Cooked) with 2 tblsp of Olive Oil: 466 calories
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal (Cooked): 166 calories
  • 1 Cup Oatmeal with 1/4 Cup Raisins and 1/4 Cup Almonds: 480 calories
  • 1 Square of Dark Chocolate (29g): 145 calories
  • 1/2 Cup of Dates: 208 calories
  • 1/2 Cup of Dried Apricots: 156 calories

Tips for Gaining Weight

  • Add high calorie foods to existing dishes - Nuts, seeds, and dried fruit make a great addition to salads, rices dishes, pasta dishes, etc...
  • Add healthy fats and oils to existing dishes - Add olive oil, peanut oil, or safflower oil to as many foods as possible. I.E.: rice, sandwhiches, salads...
  • Increase portion sizes - Create larger meals of calorie dense foods like rice, mashed potatoes, and pasta.
  • Drink Calories - Drinks are an easy way to intake calories on the go. Drink juice, soy milk, milk, smoothies, and other healthy high calorie beverages.
  • Do Muscle Building (Anarobic) Exercizes - Muscle building exercizes increase appetite and also increase weight as your body builds muscle. This is especially true when combined with high protein foods like nuts, peanut butter, fish, or beans.
  • Track your progress and set goals - Setting goals and targets is important to any achievement. Set healthy weight gain targets each month. No more than 10lbs (~5kg) a month is reasonable. Keep track of your weight gain in regards to the Body Mass Index (BMI) and be sure you do not go over into an unhealthy weight range.


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Comments.
Name:Ibeh Dunstan Nnaemeka
Location:Enugu,Nigeria
Subject:Calories
Hi every one,i just wntd 2 knw if foods that contain calories all have sugar?
Posted on 2011-03-31 00:16:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Calories
Hi Ibeh, To answer your question, even foods that do not contain sugar have calories! Calories can come from fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and even alcohol.
Posted on 2011-03-31 09:53:38
Name:Charles Ekekwe
Location:Sapele
Subject:Noodles
Hi,I want to know how high in calories and fat are noodles? Do noodles with boiled egg increase calories and fat in the body? Thank you
Posted on 2011-05-30 11:33:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Noodles
Hi Charles, thanks for your question. 1 cup of cooked noodles provides 220 calories. Most people eat around 2 cups per serving, so that is 440 calories. A large hard boiled egg provides 80 calories, giving you a total of 520 calories for a bowl of noodles with egg. For even more calories try adding peanuts to you soup!
(Complete nutrition facts for noodles and eggs.)
Posted on 2011-05-30 19:43:11
Name:Jess
Location:Loughborough
Subject:Losing Weight
Hey I am 14 and I'm 10 stone 4 and I have a problem with my spine meaning that it curves and pushes my stomach out make me look like I am pregnent or something. I was wondering if cutting down on my calorie intake would help me lose weight and help reduce the muffin top on my tummy. I also do 4 hours of exercise a week but I don't seem to be losing any wieght if anything I seem to be gaining it !! PLEASE HELP I have a trampolining compition in 1 month which I need to be 9 stone 13 to be allowed into the correct category.
Posted on 2011-06-23 15:10:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Losing Weight
Hi Jess, thanks for your comment. The first thing you want to do is to check your body mass index (BMI) to see if you are overweight or underweight for your height. This BMI weight loss calculator can help you set goals. To answer your question you will definitely lose weight by cutting back on calories, and specifically eating fewer calories than you burn through exercise and daily life. Also, as you exercise your body will build muscle which might be the reason why you are not seeing immediate weight loss with exercise, just be patient and the weight loss will follow.
Posted on 2011-06-26 10:19:28
Name:Kanda F
Location:Singapore
Subject:Gaining 8 Kilos
Apparently my BMI (17.2) means that I'm underweight, and recently due to irregular sleep I lost an additional 5 kg meaning my body fluctuated and dug into its fats reserves which isn't that much.. Now, I know the best thing for me is to take fats but what else can I take because I'm not fond of meat ( not a vegetarian). I'm also not to happy with the idea of nuts. Anything possible that has a high calorie based diet but not necessarily unhealthy? I'm getting back in my usual sleeping schedule.
Posted on 2011-07-07 07:43:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining 8 Kilos
Hi Kanda, thanks for your question. You should try eat more grains, like bread and rice, which are very high in calories. Also, do you like dark chocolate? Although it is a bit high in fat it is a great high calorie food. Are you exercising regularly? You may think it is the wrong thing to do for weight gain, but exercise can help you build muscle increasing your weight and appetite. Exercise can also help you sleep better. Yet another option is to drink a lot of calories. Milk, soy milk, and fruit juices are all very high in calories. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-07-07 07:51:28
Name:Michael
Location:Australia
Subject:Peanuts
How many calories does a peanut have in it?
Posted on 2011-07-11 16:37:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Peanuts
Hi Michael, thanks for your question. A single dry roasted peanut has around 6 calories, which is 164 calories per ounce, and a whopping 854 calories per cup!
Complete nutrition facts for peanuts.
Posted on 2011-07-11 18:31:35
Name:Raj
Location:Fiji
Subject:How to Gain Weight?
Hey I'm 132 pounds and I am 18 years old, I want my weight to be 180 pounds..what do I eat? Indian food is not helping.
Posted on 2011-07-17 18:53:29
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to Gain Weight?
Hi Raj, thanks for your question. The first thing you need to do is to check your body mass index (or BMI) to be sure that 180 pounds is a healthy weight target for you. After that, focus on increasing intake of healthier fats like almonds and coconuts, and also eating more carbohydrates like brown rice or lentils. Adopting a daily form of muscle building exercise will help you build muscle which is the healthier kind of weight. Extra muscle will increase your appetite which will increase your calorie intake.
Posted on 2011-07-17 19:13:19
Name:Amanda
Subject:How to Gain Weight?
Hey, I weight 125 and I'm trying to gain some more weight but I can never get passed 130 so my weight keeps going from 125 to 130. How can I get passed 130?
Posted on 2011-07-18 18:11:03
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to Gain Weight?
Hi Amanda, thanks for your question. Like the previous poster Raj, you first need to check your body mass index (or BMI) to make sure that 130 pounds is a healthy weight goal. After that, adopt a form of muscle building exercise that will boost your muscle mass and appetite. Next, focus on eating healthy high calorie foods, like the ones listed here!
Posted on 2011-07-21 01:43:04
Name:Abby
Location:Canada
Subject:Gain weight
Hi my BMI is around 14.8. I am 6.2 feet tall and 115 pounds. I am looking forward to build muscle weight. Can consuming peanut butter with brown bread and glass of milk increase weight? What are the other healthy ways to attain healthy mass?
Posted on 2011-08-06 04:07:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gain weight
Hi Abby, thanks for your question. A peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with milk is a good option. You can try add chocolate powder, or honey, to your milk to get even more calories. Keep eating high calorie foods, but if you do not start putting on weight definitely visit your doctor as there might be some other cause to your low BMI.
Posted on 2011-08-06 10:11:04
Name:Raph
Location:Philippines
Subject:Gain Weight
I'm 23y.o - I've noticed that the more I take foods high in Calories and Protien the more I lose weighht. I've tried taking whey protien milk going to the gym - take 6 meals a day but at the end nothing happen, been doing this thingy for over a year now. Hope someone can help me. Thanks. I badly need to gain weight I don' want to be skinny for the rest of my life. Having said that, I hope there's a cure for my hight metabolism rate.
Posted on 2011-09-06 09:53:09
Name:Brianne
Location:Canada
Subject:My Weight Gain Experience
Hey just stumbled across your article and noticed all the comments about trying to gain weight. My trick is to eat only TWO meals a day with one small snack at lunch. I consume about 1000 calories each meal and a 500 for my snack (often split into two smaller snacks). I only eat organic foods and whole grains and limit my animal protein intake and get protein from other sources, I also limit my intake of processed foods to only the healthy kind and NEVER eat fast food (it doesn't help you gain weight). I also did a detox of sorts to boost my digestive system and bring down the acidity. This was recommended by my dietitian to slow down my metabolism. Most people make the mistake of eating smaller meals when trying to gain weight. This often results in your metabolism SPEEDING up. It tricks your body into slowing down the digestive process allowing your body to absorb nutrients slowly. Also if you are not doing weight or strength training you are, as my trainer puts it, wasting your time. Limit your cardio to 30 mins of moderate activity a day, ie: walking, dancing. As always consult your doctors before attempting any new eating plan. Doing this I was able to gain weight in a healthy way. I am now 5' 7" and 135lbs. The perfect weight for me. I gained 20 lbs in two months and have maintained it easily. All by changing my lifestyle.
Posted on 2011-10-09 09:44:07
Name:Raj
Location:Chennai
Subject:Oats
I regularly drink a cup of oats in the morning. The problem is that I am very lean. Does drinking oats lead to weight loss? Is it good for lean people to drink oats?
Posted on 2011-10-11 23:44:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats
Hi Raj, thanks for your question. Drinking oats will not cause you to lose weight, but there are things you can do to add calories to your oats. First, try to cook them thicker so they do not have so much liquid and that way you will get more calories in each spoon. Also, consider adding honey, nuts, or dried fruits to your oats. All are high in calories and will help you gain weight. Also, if you are looking to gain weight, try some weight lifting exercises which will boost your hunger level and build muscle.
Posted on 2011-10-12 12:59:48
Name:Max
Subject:Weight Loss
I have been working out constantly for a couple months and gaining a lot of mass and eating lots of protein and moderate carbohydrates. I'm currently 240 and my lean body mass(LBM) is 180. What foods can you suggest that will help me lose weight?
Posted on 2011-10-22 15:13:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Loss
Hi Max, thanks for your question. What kind of workouts are you doing? Mostly muscle building stuff, or cardio? Try increase your cardio workouts for more fat burning effect. Also, given your increase in muscle mass your metabolism must have also increased. Try reduce your portion sizes and increase your portions of fruits and vegetables. Cut high sugar foods, juices, and reduce portion sizes of smoothies. Focus instead on whole grains, lean proteins, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. If nothing else, simply reduce your portion sizes and your increased metabolism should burn fat for you.
Posted on 2011-10-22 15:19:55
Name:Pat
Location:Ma.
Subject:Nut Allergy
Hi, I am trying to gain weight but have a peanut/treenut allergy. I see in your posts that some of the 10 foods to help you gain weight are nuts, peanut butter, peanut oils. All of which I cannot have. What do you think about soy butter as an alternative? Any other suggestions?
Posted on 2011-11-06 21:18:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Nut Allergy
Hi Pat, Thanks for your question. If you are looking for substitutes to nuts, consider trying the soy butter like you suggested, you may also like sesame seed butter (aka: tahini) which is extremely high in calories and similar in taste to peanut butter. Tahini can be found in the international section of most grocery stores, it is also available on Amazon.com. Add honey to Tahini to make it sweet and add even more calories. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2011-11-07 03:17:40
Name:Keira
Location:UK
Subject:Meal Plan
Hi I'm Keira, Great Article thumbs up!! I want a fast calorie intake, but I struggle on what too cook for meals, what do you suggest? (Possibly list a few meals so I have choice for different days of the week etc?) Thanks.
Posted on 2011-11-27 20:42:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Meal Plan
Hi Kiera, thanks for your question. As the article states, eating more calories involves adding high calorie foods like healthy oils, nuts, and dried fruits to existing meals. However, here are some high calorie meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

BreakFast
-Peanut Butter Sandwhich with Jam
-Toast with Jam or Chocoalte Spread
-Oatmeal with Dried Fruits and Nuts
-Dark Chocolate
-Drinks: Any Fresh Fruit Juice / Sweetened Soy Milk

Lunch
-Baked Sweet Potato with Olive Oil, Roast Beef
-Whole Wheat Rice with Tofu, Olive Oil
-Whole Wheat Beef Tortilla with Extra Guacamole
-Drinks: Any Fresh Fruit Juice

Dinner
-Mashed Potatoes with Extra Olive Oil
-Chicken, Beef, Tofu, Baked Beans
-Whole Wheat Pasta with Oilves, Rich Tomato Sauce, and Cheese
-Drinks: Beer, Wine, Fresh Fruit Juice, Whole Milk

Focus on increasing your portion sizes and try add a high calorie drink to every meal like fruit juice, milk, or soy milk. Further, add healthy fats, like olive oil, to your meals. Fats contain more calories per gram than carbs or proteins. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2011-11-27 20:42:06
Name:Trisha
Location:Indiana
Subject:Child Needs to Gain Weight
Hi, I found your article while trying to find different ideas to help my son gain weight. He is on a medication that suppresses his appetite. He has also been on the skinny side and after a month on the medication, he lost 3 lbs that he did not need to lose. If he loses anymore weight he will have to stop the meds. My son is 13, weighs 98 lbs. and is aroud 5'1 or 5'2. His Dr suggested getting some sort of powder from a health food store and making a milkshake daily for him with the powder and Vit D milk. I was looking online and there are so many to choose from. Most seem to be tailored to weight loss or body building so I am clueless which to choose. I was also looking for some foods high in calories. He doesn't really like peanuts but I will be trying to get him to eat some daily after reading your article. Thank you.
Posted on 2011-12-05 10:04:04
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Child Needs to Gain Weight
Hi Trisha, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your son's condition. His body mass index (BMI) is around 18 which is on the border of being clincally underweight. You want his weight to be more around 120 lbs. Setting goals might be a good way to motivate your son to eat more. Goals can be set as a target weight, or as a target for calorie consumption. The drink powders are not a bad suggestion. You would want to choose the ones that target muscle building. However, be sure to read the labels as these drinks are often fortified with synthetic vitamin supplements that could interact with your son's medication. Other than that, try a lot of high calorie foods. Peanuts, peanut butter, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, juice, and so on to find out what are his favorites and what he can consume the most of without feeling full. Spread his meals throughout the day. Ideally he should eat at least every two hours to ensure his stomach is always working and always absorbing calories. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-05 10:13:27
Name:Prijitha
Location:Bangalore, India
Subject:Doubts on Weight Gain
Hi, I'm Prijitha here and my BMI is 18, I would like to gain weight, and after reading your article have planned to follow a high calorie diet. Could you please clarify a few doubts, does ground flax seed and honey in milk help in gaining weight? I happened to read many articles that say flaxseed and honey will help in weight loss, I'm confused!! I'm planning to take it on a regular basis after dinner. Please advise and thanks in advance.
Posted on 2011-12-07 21:00:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Doubts on Weight Gain
Hi Prijitha, thanks for your quesiton. Adding ground flax seed and honey to milk will definitely help you gain weight. Some people might say it helps you lose weight due to the fiber in flax, however, both flax and honey are high in calories and would definitely make you gain weight. In addition to flax seed you can add some teaspoons of powdered milk to your milk helping to add more calories. If you find you are feeling too full after drinking the milk you can try the drink without flax, or try substituting chocolate drink powder or ground peanuts instead of flax. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-07 21:08:29
Name:Abby A.
Location:North America
Subject:Too Full
Hey, its Abby A. I have Crohns and I'm lactose-intolerant and VERY short for a 13 year old. I get full REALLY fast and am wondering if there are any small high calorie things that I can eat through out the day that won't make me full so fast. Can you help me? Thank You.
Posted on 2011-12-07 22:10:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Too Full
Hi Abby, thanks for your question. Given that you have Crohn's finding foods that work for you may require experimentation on your part. To suggest a few high calorie snacks that might not kill your appetite try dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, squash seeds, peanuts, and wholewheat crackers. Getting enough vitamin B12 can also be an issue for people with Crohn's, and this is especially true for your since you are lactose intolerant and don't eat dairy. Have you tried soymilk? Soymilk can be a great high calorie snack and is often fortified with vitamin B12. Check labels to be sure. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-07 22:10:32
Name:Juan Rico
Location:USA
Subject:How am I doing?
Hey I'm 5"11, 149 lbs I looked up my BMI with an app on my phone and it told me to eat 4000 cals a day, which is actually not that hard, I've been hitting the gym and lifting good also getting enough sleep and resting enough between workouts. I've been eating healthy foods and also supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids. Also since I dont drink milk I've been taking a calcium sup, I've seen changes in muscle definition but not weight but I've only been at it for about a month and a week, is there anythin else I should be doin to help myself out on weight gain??
Posted on 2011-12-08 01:56:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How am I doing?
Hi Juan, thanks for your question. Your body mass index (BMI) is 21 which is average. You probably do not need to gain any more weight, but it is ok if you want to build muscle. Your diet and exercise sounds great, however, if you are eating healthy then you probably do not need to be taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Calcium supplements have been show to increase the risk of heart disease, so be careful! Keep eating lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other natural foods to complement your work outs. To see results you just need to keep lifting weights, eating healthy high calorie foods, high protein foods, and getting plenty of rest inbetween. Good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-08 01:56:06
Name:Underweight
Location:Michigan
Subject:Need Serious Weight Gain
I'm 26 years old, getting way too close to 80lbs, the doctors can't figure out what's wrong with me at all, other than stating that my metabolism is just really high. I can't exercise either, every time I try to gain muscle, I end up losing more of it, I can't rebuild my cells fast enough. My body blocks a lot of nutrients too, for no apparent reason, I've been eating all these foods for over 10 years now, and all I keep doing is losing weight, I want to just reach 100lbs just once in my entire life. 116lbs is suppose to be the average weight for my height, and that's if I was 15 years old!!! I weight less than a 12 year old... I don't know what else to do... Eat everything in sight, but nothing happens.
Posted on 2011-12-19 07:37:37
Name:Rooster
Location:OZ
Subject:Calorie Advice
Hi there, I'm really confused. I've just been diagnosed as anorexic. I'm 170cm tall and weigh just over 50kgs. I currently eat well below 1000 cals a day even though I've now increased.. I'm completely overwhelmed by how to even cram in another 1-2000 cals a day...possibly more later down the track when I resume weights and all my fitness training again (2+hrs per day). Should I just literally be stuffing my face pretty much all day everyday? I'm currently drinking sustagen with soy milk 3 times a day, and forcing myself to eat regular meals. But I think my portion sizes are too small still! Any suggestions? I clearly don't know what a normal portion size really is...
Posted on 2011-12-20 09:30:18
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Calorie Advice
Hi Rooster, thanks for your comment. Your diagnosis is correct as your body mass index is below 18, you are clincally underweight. People are recommended to eat 2000 calories a day to maintain healthy body function and need at least 1600 calories of healthy nutrient dense foods. You should probably aim to consume between 2400-4000 calories a day till you reach 60 kilos. You do not need to eat extraudinary amounts to do this. Try the following snacks and meals:
  • 2 glasses of grape juice (32oz): 616 calories
  • 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts: 474 calories
  • 2 Whole wheat crackers with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each: 224 calories
Slowly start adding these snacks to your daily routine and build your caloric intake. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2011-12-20 11:00:51
Name:Rahul
Location:India
Subject:Banana and Milk form excess Mucus?
Hi,I m Rahul. I m 24. I weigh only 54 Kg. Recently I started a weight gain diet consisting of bananas, milk and almonds. But since I was suffering from some sinus related problems my doctor told me to completely stop banana and milk as according to him they are mucus forming products. But removing these 2 doesn't leave me with too man alternative diets for weight gain since I'm a vegetarian also. Can you please tell me if milk and bananas are really mucus forming and can you also suggest me some alternatives. Thanks.
Posted on 2011-12-23 18:30:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Banana and Milk form excess Mucus?
Hi Rahul, thanks for your question. Your doctor is definitely right that milk helps form mucus, bananas may not as much, but it would still be better to eat other fruits instead. What is available where you live? Instead of banans try guavas, or mangoes. Instead of milk, try soy milk, almond milk, or fresh fruit juices like grape juice or apple juice. Be sure to also check out the weight gain tips in this article!
Posted on 2011-12-23 19:09:08
Name:Akinyemi Gbenga Stephen
Location:Shagamu, Ogun state
Subject:Muscle Builders
I think I like this opportunity to know things about diet. I wish to develop muscle diet-wise. I recognize I need to consume food high in proteins and calories. But my problem is to know types of food available locally that can serve my purpose. I prefere the local names of such foods. Any help on this matter will be highly appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Posted on 2012-01-25 05:01:28
Name:Adriana
Location:LA, California, USA
Subject:Check your BMI chart
I'm 168cm and 52kg with a BMI of 18.5 which my doctor said is fine. I passed my yearly check up with flying colors which makes me wonder why you are telling people they need a bmi of 20 to be healthy. I think you may need to fix that.
Posted on 2012-02-13 08:55:26
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Check your BMI chart
Hi Adriana, thanks for your comment. In fact both the article on the body mass index, and the BMI calculator state that a healthy BMI ranges between 18-25. Therefore, even though your current BMI is fine, it is borderline underweight. The recommended target of 20 is simply a guideline for people to follow that gives them a below-average BMI without being in danger of becoming underweight.
Posted on 2012-02-15 20:30:52
Name:Kate
Location:Australia
Subject:Am I still healthy?
I'm turning 14 years old this year, 173 cm tall and 45.3 kilograms. I eat healthily and exercise pretty well, but I'm still really skinny and I'm starting to think that I am getting underweight. Am I still healthy or do I need to do something about my weight? Also is there anything I can eat that will help me stay full for longer and give me plenty of energy because I am starting rowing this year and it is a very demanding sport. Thanks!
Posted on 2012-02-19 00:51:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Am I still healthy?
Hi Kate, thanks for your question, according to your Body Mass Index (BMI) you are underweight, and need to gain 10-15 kilos to enter a healthy weight range. However, your weight might be genetic, is anyone else in your family very thin? If so, ask them about it, and if they have experienced any health problems. Either way, definitely focus on gaining weight. Eat high calorie foods and high protein foods to build muscle. Try the high calorie foods for weight gain listed in this article.
Posted on 2012-02-19 00:58:34
Name:Moushka
Location:Paisley
Subject:Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi, my six year old daughter is built like a stick, I must admit that I too was very thin when I was her age, so much so that I had light therapy and tonics until 14 yrs old the doc just gave up and told my mum that this is the way I'm supposed to be. I have grown up healthy and still am to this day, however I wish to avoid tonics and the like for my own daughter. Recently she has been quite run down with earache, cold, etc...I know the time of year doesn't help however I am endeavouring to increase her daily calorie count in the hope that this will help her gain weight without all the fuss. I have discovered unsalted pistachios which she loves and tuna mayonnaise on sandwiches and in pasta which again she loves. Could you please recommend other high calorie foods which she can eat but still remain healthy? She is not a fan of milk or cheese so unfortunately these are out, she does love cucumber and sugar snap peas but I'm afraid to let her eat the whole packet, or the entire cucumber because I don't want her to fill up on something which has a limited number of calories. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.
Posted on 2012-02-24 14:37:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi Moushka, thanks for your question. It is likely that genetics plays a big role in your daughter's weight, however, you can still try to improve it with diet. It is good that you are giving her pistachios and tuna. In addition you can give her dried fruits, like dates, and fruit juice. Both are high in calories. Also, try giving her dark chocolate, at least 60%, and peanuts, or peanut butter sandwiches. Both dark chocolate and peanuts are high zinc foods which can help boost her immune system, hopefully reducing the frequency of colds and earaches.
Posted on 2012-02-24 18:23:42
Name:Moushka
Location:Paisley
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Thanks so much for your reply, I'll use your suggestions. That's very interesting about the high zinc helping immune system and she loves nuts and chocolate. In a few days of watching exactly how much she eats and small changes to her diet (i.e. nuts) she has gained a couple of pounds! Hooray for nuts! :)
Posted on 2012-02-25 14:09:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi Moushka, that is great news! Keep up the good work and hope your daughter keeps up her weight gain!
Posted on 2012-02-25 14:12:31
Name:Jessica
Location:Toronto
Subject:I am very skinny and tall
I am 14 and only weight 75 pounds:( How do I get fatter if I have a fast metabolism? What can I eat? I am very active as I play gym every othe day and dance every other day. Do I have a problem?
Posted on 2012-02-26 20:50:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I am very skinny and tall
Hi Jessica, thanks for your question. The first thing to do is calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on your weight and height. If it is under 18 you definitely want to increase you caloric intake. Try the foods suggested in this article for weight gain. Also, as you are 14 and still growing, it is not uncommon to be a little underweight. Keep up the exercise and try to eat more high calorie foods. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2012-02-26 23:12:14
Name:Sarah
Location:London
Subject:Need to Gain Weight
Hi, I am 19 and am trying to gain weight but everytime I eat I feel too full and I eat again, maybe 5 hours later. Have you got any tips or sugestions for me to have an appetite? What can you advise me to eat which is high in calories or fat? Thank you.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:27:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to Gain Weight
Hi Sarah, thanks for your question. To increase your appetite, you need to try eat a little more food each time you eat. Slowly increase your portion size. Also, buy snacks and other foods to gain weight to put around your house and in your fridge. This will encourage you to consume more calories and gain weight. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:30:45
Name:Jennifer
Location:London
Subject:What should I eat to gain weight fast?
Hi, I want to find out what should I eat to gain weight, I used to be size 14 after giving bith, 2 years ago, I am now size 8. I try to eat every time but I still can't gain weight. I also lost my appetite, is there anything I can take or healthy vitamins to boost my appetite back? Hope to hear from you soon, thank you.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:39:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: What should I eat to gain weight fast?
Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment. It is not uncommon to loose weight after birth since breast feeding and your body's recovery can consume a lot of calories. As stated in the last comment, increase your appetite by increasing your portion size meal after meal. Exercise can also help to boost appetite. Further, your loss of appetite may be caused by a hormone imbalance or other illness which can be corrected with medication. Consult your health care provider for more information. There are no vitamins that have been shown to boost appetite. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-02-27 14:57:53
Name:Roxsan
Location:Canada
Subject:My wrist is so small
I am very bony and my wrists are really tiny, and I am 15 and I probably would fit kids size watch. Is there any way I can get bigger? Can you give me some tips please! I am 5 foot 3 inches tall. I weight 85 pounds. Please help me! Can you also tell me a meal plan with the most caloric foods? Thank you soo much!
Posted on 2012-03-01 07:57:56
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My wrist is so small
Hi Roxsan, given your weight and height your body mass index (BMI) is 15 and you should try gain at least 28 pounds to reach a healthy weight. Aim for gaining 10 pounds a month over 3 months. It is good to break down your weight gain into goals. Try to eat a little more every day to build your appetite. Focus on adding calories to everything. This can be done by adding olive oil to foods you eat already. Make peanut butter sandwhiches with honey as a snack, and drink lots of milk and fruit juice. If you can, try lifting weights! This will boost your appetite, and in combition with high protein foods, help you build muscle on your arms and wrists. Lifting weights is not just for guys, it is ok to try curl 5-10 pound dumbbells and increase the weight as you like! Hope that helps and good luck.
Posted on 2012-03-01 19:02:00
Name:Mel
Location:Birmingham
Subject:Gaining weight gluten free
Hi, Im 5ft 8 and 62kg. Although I'm not clinically underweight I have unintentionally lost 8kg in 6 months. I've had chronic skin problems most of my life and it has now been suggested that I try a gluten free diet to see if it helps, but I'm struggling to find gluten free foods that fill me up. Can you recommend high calorie gluten free foods? My weight loss is due to switching to a more active job role and studying, but not being able to put weight back on can be quite upsetting and hurts my self esteem. Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-11 13:55:50
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining weight gluten free
Hi Mel, thanks for your question. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, trictile, and related wheat products like bread and beer. Gluten can also be an additive to many foods, so be sure to check food labels. High calorie gluten free foods include nuts, milk, soy milk, fruit juice, dried fruits, dark chocolate, brown rice, millet, and quinoa. While it may not be as healthy, fish and chips (french fries) is a very high calorie meal! Eating fish and chips 3 times a week should definitely help you gain weight. Also, try lifting weights, this will help boost hunger and put weight on your body. Working out can also be a great emotional release and boost your self-esteem. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-11 14:24:48
Name:Mich
Subject:Hubby with ALS
Hello, my hubby has ALS and has difficulty trying to maintain or even gain any weight. He has difficulty with seeds and very crunchy type foods. Any suggestions on higher calorie foods that are also nutritional for him? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-11 18:53:04
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Hubby with ALS
Hi Mich, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your husband's condition. Focus on giving him 100% fruit juices, and even consider commerical drink powders that are fortified with vitamins and provide complete nutrition. This is especially true if your husband does not eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Beyond that, you can try to give him creamy soups, such as clam chowder, which are extremely high in calories. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2012-03-11 21:18:07
Name:Alyssa
Location:WA
Subject:Need to Gain Weight
Hi, I am in my 20's, am 5'4" and weigh 103 pounds. I have a gluten, dairy, nut, and corn allergy so it really limits what I can eat, which sucks. I am constantly eating because I am hungry all the time but still not gaining weight. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, rice, meat, potatoes, beans, lentils and seeds. I've heard that it might help if I eat less often, but if I don't eat every 2-3 hours (exept when I'm sleeping of course), then I get SO hungry. I try to eat as much as I can at one time when I'm hungry to make it last longer, but I stop when I am full because if I keep eating I just feel bloated. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-03-12 19:56:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to Gain Weight
Hi Alyssa, thanks for your question. It sounds like you are eating all the right foods, maybe try fruit juice instead of fruits, since juice can have 2x3 times the calories gram per gram. You should definitely keep snacking and eating throughout the day as this will maximize the time your body can absorb nutrients. If you are inclined too, try lifting weights or other muscle building exercises which will help you gain weight. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-12 20:22:45
Name:HardGainer
Location:KCMO
Subject:Sugar
For someone extremely skinny (I'm talking underweight on the BMI chart) that wants to gain muscle, is sugar a bad thing? Aside from high calorie healthy foods and weight lifting, I'm just curious to know if drinking apple juice, sweet tea or having the occasional organic chocolate ice cream is going to stall my results? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-15 01:49:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sugar
Thanks for your question. Eating sugar will not hamper your ability to build muscle. If you are going to have juice or other sugars then try to also eat protein, fiber, or fats which can help slow the digestion of the sugar, reducing risk of type II diabetes. Otherwise, high sugar foods, and high carb foods, can be good for those looking to gain weight.
Posted on 2012-03-15 02:15:28
Name:Denyse
Location:Philadelphia
Subject:Coconut Milk
I'm having problems with finding the high caloric coconut milk. The ones I've seen made by Silk and others all boast calories of 80-100 calories per cup of milk consumed. Are there any brands you can tell me about that will give me the 552 calories per cup as suggested in the recommended weight gain calorie rich foods index provided?
Posted on 2012-03-19 14:25:16
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Coconut Milk
Hi Denyse, thanks for your question. The coconut milk listed refers to the more concentrated type typically found in a can. Amazon.com sells this coconut milk. As you can see, a 1/4 cup of this milk provides 100 calories! This coconut milk can be used as a substitute for water when making rice, soups, sauces, or curries. Doing so would definitely increase the calories! The Silk dairy substitute coconut milk is actually a fairy new product and use of the term "coconut milk". So basically, take a look in the international section of your grocery store for coconut milk in the can, or order some coconut milk from Amazon.com.
Posted on 2012-03-19 14:40:10
Name:Mansi
Location:India
Subject:Thanks a lot
Thanks for the wonderful article and it is working wonders for me since I gained approx 3Kg last month. I replaced the majority of low cal foods with your list like olive oil, nuts, chocolates etc...Two days ago I started taking garlic supplements and read somewhere that garlic opens up arteries and reduces fat and cholesterol. So does taking garlic supplements draw out the fats stored in my body? And should people on a weight gain program take garlic?
Posted on 2012-03-31 11:52:48
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Hi Mansi, thanks for your comment. Garlic is a cholesterol lowering food and may also lower the level of other lipids in your blood. However, the calorie rich foods you are eating to gain weight (olive oil, nuts, and chocolate) are also cholesterol lowering foods and it would not be necessary to take garlic as you gain weight unless you have high LDL cholesterol. Further, fat serves important functions in the body and it is not necessary to reduce all levels of fat. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-31 17:15:08
Name:Mansi
Location:India
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Haha so this means I'm gaining healthy KGS and need not worry about clogging up my arteries. Also can I take Soyabean or Coconut oil? Are these healthy choices for weight gain? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-04-01 14:50:40
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Hi Mansi, there is a lot of controvery around coconut oil because of the high saturated fat content. Saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and clog your arteries. Commercial versions of coconut, and even soybean oil, are often hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats should be avoided. If you can find natural coconut oil then it will be ok in small amounts. Natural soybean oil should be great for weight gain.
Posted on 2012-04-01 19:11:54
Name:Ndoshi
Location:USA
Subject:Protein Drinks
Can you recommend any protein drinks to help with weight gain? I'm 30 pounds underweight. I tried "up your mass" and others with milk but it just came right out. Now I'm trying bolthouse farms protein plus drink that has 64g protein in a bottle. Anything would help. I'm a vegetarian and diet is restricted.
Posted on 2012-04-04 21:33:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Protein Drinks
Hi Ndoshi, thanks for your question. I do not have any experience with protein drinks, maybe someone else would like to comment? You will probably have to try many different ones to find one that works for you. Or perhaps none of them work and you should stick to high calorie foods like nuts, peanut butter, bread, and so on...
Posted on 2012-04-04 21:35:01
Name:JT
Location:CA/USA
Subject:Cancer weight loss
17 months ago I ended Radiation & Chemo therapy for throat cancer. During the treatment, I lost weight from 205 to 142. I'm 5'9" tall. 142 lbs has a BMI of 22, which is where I am. I'm 66 years old. All checkups show no reoccurance of cancer. I have gone from being mild diabetic type 2 to no diabetic, from mildly hypertense to normal BPs. Should I be making a major effort to gain some weight back, say 10-15 lbs?
Posted on 2012-04-12 10:04:05
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cancer weight loss
Hi JT, thanks for your question and congratulations on making it through cancer treatment succuessfully. It is really great that you have got your type II diabetes under control. To answer your question you do not need to necessarily gain weight, but you would be wise to do some muscle building exercises and other exercises to rebuild any muscle mass you may have lost during treatment. Try to do this while staying at your current BMI. Also, avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates so that you do not get type II diabetes again! Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-04-12 10:04:05
Name:Nhlaka
Location:S.A
Subject:Weight Gain
After how many months will I see a difference? Thank you.
Posted on 2012-04-23 13:26:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain Time
Hi Nhlaka, thanks for your question. The pace you will gain weight depends on many factors, mainly your metabolism and how many calories you are eating. Most people would see results after only 2 weeks, if you haven't gained any weight after 1 month, than you need to eat more calories or see the doctor to check your metabolism.
Posted on 2012-04-23 15:24:28
Name:Isse
Location:Somalia
Subject:Belly Fat
I do a lot of exercise for 15 minutes but the problem is I am not losing weight specially around my stomach and I drink a lot of cold mango and fruit beverages, is that the problem?
Posted on 2012-05-05 09:12:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Belly Fat
Hi Isse, thanks for your question. When you exercise, do you get your heart rate up? Are you running or walking? Either way, 15 minutes is not enough, slowly build up to 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. Try adding 5 minutes more a week till you reach this goal. Also, the fruit juices are loaded with calories and definitely not helping your weight loss. Replace the juices with water or plain tea. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2012-05-06 01:45:36
Name:Emily
Location:Colorado, USA
Subject:Underweight Toddler
Hello! I found your article while searching for ways to help my 19 month old daughter gain some weight. She started out in the 98th percentile and gradually dropped down to the 18th since starting solid foods. Her doctor gave us a list of high calorie foods to give her, but the list mostly consisted of dairy items, and dairy gives her HORRIBLE constipation. I currently feed her 5 meals per day, but she only picks at the food. She prefers fruits and vegetables and I have a very difficult time getting her to eat anything truly substantial (with the exception of cheese, which she loves but can't have lest she go a week without a b/m). So far I've had no luck. Any suggestions?
Posted on 2012-07-07 01:03:25
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Underweight Toddler
Hi Emily, thanks for your question. If your daughter likes fruits and vegetables, then try avocados, sweet potatoes, rasins, or dates. All are high in calories and vitamins your dughter needs. Also, dried fruit like rasins, prunes, and dates, should help alleviate any constipation your daughter has, so might work well with the dairy products. Hope those ideas help.
Posted on 2012-07-07 01:33:13
Name:Greg
Location:USA
Subject:Weight Gain Goals with the BMI
I'm 17 and 5'8 and weight about 116 lbs. I do a lot of dancing a physical movement in musical theatre. I want to gain weight and build muscle also. I typically have a small apatite though. My BMI is 17.6 and says "Your BMI is below 20 and you should not lose any weight. In order to have a BMI of 20 you need to gain 16 pounds for a target weight of 132 pounds" How can I achieve this??
Posted on 2012-07-09 20:41:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain Goals with the BMI
Hi Greg, thanks for your question. Using the BMI calculator you can set a target of gaining 16 pounds in 2 months. You can acheive that goal if you can eat around 1000 calories per day more than you do now. Try to drink 3 glasses of orange juice (672 calories total), and eat half a cup of almonds (411 calories) each day. If you can add those foods as snacks to your daily diet you will gain weight in no time. The protein from the almonds will also help with building muscle, but try to also add in some more high protein foods like fish.
Posted on 2012-07-09 22:13:35
Name:Mansi
Subject:Weight Gain
Hi, I'm Mansi from India. Thanks to this article I have gained decently and look much healthier now. But I still want to gain more weight. I have one question regarding the calories in mangoes. According to this article there are 65 calories in mangoes per 100g, but I'm confused since mango comes with a large seed inside it. So if I buy 1Kg of Mango and eat all of its pulp then would it imply I have taken 650 calories? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-08-15 03:06:02
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain
Hi Mansi, thanks for your question and congratulations on your weight gain. To answer your question, the 100 grams in the article refers only to the pulp, and not the seed. You would have to eat 1KG of mango pulp to get 650 calories. One average sized mango, without the seed or skin, provides 135 calories. Here are the complete nutrition facts for mangoes.
Posted on 2012-08-15 07:55:35
Name:David
Location:USA
Subject:Affordable High Calorie Foods
I'm 14 and in pretty good physical condition. I eat a lot, but the foods I want are always expensive. Any cheap high calorie foods that are convenient?
Posted on 2012-09-14 10:29:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Affordable High Calorie Foods
Hi David, thanks for your question. For affordable high calorie foods, try dried fruits, like dates, raisins, and apricots. Peanuts are also inexpensive, as well as dry oats for oatmeal. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-09-14 14:31:59
Name:Nicolás
Location:Cleveland
Subject:Gaining weight after fast weight loss
I lost 14 pounds and I have no idea why? The doctors tell me its depression and since I have anxiety attacks I think it has something to do with it? :) Please answer, I want to know how to gain a lot of weight fast...
Posted on 2012-11-22 06:14:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining weight after fast weight loss
Hi Nicolás, thanks for your question. Given your fast weight loss and depression have you considered having your thyroid tested for hyperthyroidism? Do you have any of the other symptoms of hyperthyroidism? Otherwise try build appetite through exercise, eat high calorie foods, and work with your doctors to get better. Hope you feel better soon!
Posted on 2012-11-22 20:33:13
Name:Wickey
Location:Addis
Subject:Supplements to gaining weight?
Hi, is there a side effect to using weight gain tablets? Can you recommend a good brand?
Posted on 2012-11-23 13:47:48
Name:Mika
Location:Azerbaijan
Subject:Sugar risk of high calorie foods
How safe it is to consume 150 grams of complex sugar that come from an apple, banana, 100 grams of raisins, and 300g of milk? And what can you say about high oxalate content of almonds? Thank you!
Posted on 2013-03-12 02:47:35
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sugar risk of high calorie foods
Hi Mika, thanks for your comment. You bring up a good point. All those foods should not be eaten in one sitting, but spread out over the day if possible. As for oxalates in almonds, there has not been any large trend of a health risk, however, if you have kidney stones, or take certain medications, you do need to be aware of them.
Posted on 2013-03-12 17:09:33
Name:Pharah
Location:New York
Subject:Have colitis and underweight
Hi, I was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (mild/moderate colon inflammation) and started losing quite a lot of weight. I was 156lbs and now up two pounds from 126lbs. I can't eat most foods such as nuts, fruits, chocolate, wheat, soy, gluten...no granulated sugar but honey/brown sugar is okay. It's quite frustrating and I'd like to get back to my old weight, because I actually do look sick instead of just feeling sick. Any recommended foods would be appreciated. Thanks!
Posted on 2013-03-20 16:25:09
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Have colitis and underweight
Hi Pharah, thanks for your question. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine you should avoid high fiber foods, greasy foods, and dairy foods. The page also suggests drinking fluids and snacking throughout the day. This is great advice. Your strategy for weight gain should be to eat a lot of little high calorie meals. Your diet is limited, but being able to consume honey is great. Mix it into beverages, include it with whatever snack works. Also try filtered fruit juice which can be really high in calories while low in fiber. Further, lean meats can be a good way to gain weight. Look for low fat dried meats or beef jerky and see how it works for you as a snack. Lastly, even though they are not the best. You can look for some non-dairy, non-soy, protein drinks or similar "power shake" products. Though finding one that works for you may be difficult, if you do find one, please come back and share! Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-03-20 23:33:39
Name:Karthik Kumar
Location:India
Subject:How many calories equals 5KG?
How many calories need to eaten per day to gain 5kg per month?
Posted on 2013-05-07 06:02:20
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How many calories equals 5KG? (38,500 calories)
Hi Karthik, thanks for your question. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. Since one pound is equal to 2.2KG you would need to eat 7700 calories to gain 1KG of fat (and/or muscle). Thus to gain 5KG you need to aim to eat 38,500 calories in a month. That is 1283 extra calories each day for a month(30 days). That is very possible. Please note that this is an estimate and does not count for things like your metabolism, or how much exercise you do. If you do more exercise, then you can expect to need to eat more calories. However, you would also be building muscle, which is the kind of weight you want to gain, and not so much fat. Hope those numbers and thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-05-07 06:40:37
Name:Alec
Location:New Zealand
Subject:Serving sizes and sugar content
Good Evening, this website is really awesome, and I'm loving it but the only thing I'm confused is in the weight gain adding more to your meals part it says "2 Glasses of Grape Juice (32oz): 616 calories ... 32oz is bout 900++ mls, so how does 2 glasses of grape juice = 616? Do i have to drink 32oz? Isn't that bad cause of the sugar? Thanks.
Posted on 2013-07-09 04:25:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Serving sizes and sugar content
Hi Alec, thanks for your kind comments and for your question. Indeed 32 ounces is too much grape juice for one meal, and that section has now been revised to just 1 glass, or 16 ounces/~480ml. The sugar content is of concern, particularly if you have diabetes or are sensitive to sugar, however, if you consume the juice with a snack like nuts, it will balance the glycemic load of the sugar.
Posted on 2013-07-09 09:30:39
Name:Tina
Location:California
Subject:Weight Gain for Diabetics
Hello, I just found this website today and I really like it. I've read all the questions but none of them have the same problem like me. I am diabetic with type2. I am 5ft3 but only 88bls (before I was 95 lbs.) It's so hard for me to gain weight due to my carbohydrates and sugar levels. Even though I eat a lot during the day. Please tell me what food I should eat to gain weight fast but not affect to my glucose level. Thank you very much!
Posted on 2013-08-15 18:26:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain for Diabetics
Hi Tina, thanks for your question. To gain weight without eating a lot of carbohydrates (sugars), you want to focus on high calorie/low carb foods. This mostly includes lean meats, fatty meats, dark chocolate (95%+), and oils. Good oils to add to food include flax seed oil, canola oil, and olive oil. Try adding 2 tablespoons of oil to each meal. Also, eat more steak and fish. Try to find some dry meat snacks without sugar. In terms of dark chocolate, you can try a 99% cocoa dark chocolate bar sold on Amazon, or find it in other stores. For more ideas, here is a list of 700 foods with the best calorie to carbohydrate ratio. You can also use the listing to see the best foods for different food groups. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2013-08-16 11:47:44
Name:Nolan
Location:Pitvalley
Subject:My opinion on healthy high calorie foods

1.Animal fats. Do not limit, eat as much as you want. BUT. Do not eat them if they have been processed with heat, as heat creates toxic substances in them.

2.Vegetable oils. Limit, for some reason they got this right.

3.Nuts. Definitely limit, and a lot, as they include anti-nutrients. Best to eat them separately from foods that include iron and magnesium.

4.Salad dressings? Why is that even included? Salad consists of so many different things. You literally cannot find salad growing on a tree or in the ground or munching on grass on a field.

5.Peanut butter. As with nuts, limit this just as much. Avoid, basically.

6.Junk food. Not just avoid but to not consume at all.

7.Dark chocolate. Limit, definitely limit.

8.Cheese. If it is not heated (pasteurized), then eat as much as you want, but some people get digestive issues when eating too much. And lactose-intolerance... would not exist if milk was not heated to kill "bacteria", heating it destroys enzymes already present in the milk that would help digest milk protein, aka lactose. IF you can get real milk, cheese, butter, or any milk product that is not heated then you're good to eat as much as you want, unless you notice it's not for your bowels.

9. Fried foods. Well, in truth, just as any food processed with heat, avoid. Not just avoid but never consume.

10.Processed meats. Processed with heat. Do not consume.

Food and processed with heat ---> cancer. That's where cancer comes from, among many other modern health problems. Cancer is not genetic, it comes from the food you eat, literally comes from it.

Posted on 2013-08-26 18:16:31
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My opinion on healthy high calorie foods

Hi Nolan, thanks for sharing your opinion on what makes healthy high calorie foods. It is true that animal fats can be harmless for some people, however, it is far from a clear issue. It would certainly be irresponsible at this point to advise someone with poor heart health, or high cholesterol, to eat lard/butter.

As for anti-nutrients in nuts, not sure what you are referring to exactly? Nuts are some of the most nutrient dense foods out there. The tree equivalent of eggs. They are also high in fiber and heart healthy. The same goes for dark chocolate. If you are worried about oxalates, there effect is accounted for in the percent daily value (%DV). Oxalates are not as harmful as widely believed.

As for salad dressings, it is listed since most people think salad is a low calorie meal, but when you factor in dressing, it is quickly the opposite. Most commercial dressings are full of sugar and trans-fats. As stated in the article, a salad dressing of herbs, or perhaps oil and vinegar, is fine.

Please feel free to add more of your opinion, references would also be appreciated. This article is going to be revised soon, and will also have references for its claims.

Posted on 2013-08-27 22:17:56
Name:John
Location:NYC
Subject:Burn fat
Hello..I'm just wondering how many calories I should consume per day if I'm trying to burn body fat..I exercise everyday on inclined treadmill for an hour..my goal is to burn as much fat as possible and I'm combining that with weight training to get rid of soft parts and tone my body, and I read that if you don't have enough calories to burn your body will start to use up the stored fat as energy..so I'm having low intake of calories to force my body to burn the stored fat until I reach the desired result..am I doing it right? Thank you.
Posted on 2013-09-02 12:34:16
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Burn fat
Hi John, what you have read is right. Aim to eat 1600-2000 calories a day. As your take in fewer calories, your body will burn both fat and muscle, but as you are doing the weight lifting, it will help you to build muscle, boosting your metabolism, and burning fat. The BMI weight loss calculator can also help you set calorie and exercise goals. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-09-03 00:23:07
Name:Moira
Location:Ireland
Subject:Weight gain problem
My daughter is a very healthy eater but over the last couple of years her weight has dropped way too low. Her bmi is gone down to 15...she is attending her doctor and eating more now but the weight is not increasing. I have read here about muscle building exercises..would that help? Her doctor has told her that her body is eating her muscles...
Posted on 2013-10-18 22:17:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight gain problem
Hi Moira, thanks for your question. The first thing you have to establish is the cause of your daughter's weight loss. Is it simply that she ate less, or is it some other problem like diabetes, etc...? As long as she is eating plenty of calories, 2200+, her body should not catabolize (eat) her muscles. Muscle building exercises could help her by boosting her appetite, helping her to eat more. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-10-19 07:09:57
Name:Marie Mackie
Location:Sunderland England
Subject:Dried milk powder
Dried milk powder added to milk has the same benefits as shop bought build up drinks. True or false?
Posted on 2014-02-03 14:26:59
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Dried milk powder
Hi Marie, thanks for your question. If your goal is only to gain weight, then the two are probably equal. If you want to build muscle, then the extra protein in the store bought drinks may be better for you. This is because they use whey protein, which does not give you any added fat or carbohydrate. Taking that much isolated protein could be bad for you though. So it is a tough choice, and depends on your level of exercise and your own metabolism. You would be best to just start with the milk powder and go from there.
Posted on 2014-02-04 15:22:15
Name:Colleen
Location:New York
Subject:Need to gain weight...
Hey, Im 27 years old and i'm 5'2 and 96lbs. I had twins 3 yrs ago. I went up to 150 and after I had them down to 100lbs =/.. I want to gain weight I'm not happy with how i look and feel. I went to the doc and my blood work and thyroid are perfect. I checked my BMI and its In order to have a BMI of 20 you need to gain 13 pounds (6 kilos) for a target weight of 109 pounds ( 38 kilos)

One pound of fat = 3500 calories, meaning you should gain 758 calories per day, 45500 calories in total.

What do I have to eat and do to get to 109lbs? Can you give me a menu plan to do this please? Im soooo confused on what to do.. Do i have to eat 3,500 calories a day to get to this? Please help me out here. Thanks so much.

Posted on 2014-02-05 11:14:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to gain weight...
Hi Colleen, thanks for your question. The base number of calories a person needs is estimated at 2000 per day. This can vary from person to person, but that is roughly it. So for you, aim to eat 2700 calories to 3500 or more if you can. In terms of diets it is whatever food you like. Even adding snacks or drinks as listed in this article should help.
Posted on 2014-02-05 14:33:18

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Name:Ibeh Dunstan Nnaemeka
Location:Enugu,Nigeria
Subject:Calories
Hi every one,i just wntd 2 knw if foods that contain calories all have sugar?
Posted on 2011-03-31 00:16:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Calories
Hi Ibeh, To answer your question, even foods that do not contain sugar have calories! Calories can come from fat, protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and even alcohol.
Posted on 2011-03-31 09:53:38
Name:Charles Ekekwe
Location:Sapele
Subject:Noodles
Hi,I want to know how high in calories and fat are noodles? Do noodles with boiled egg increase calories and fat in the body? Thank you
Posted on 2011-05-30 11:33:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Noodles
Hi Charles, thanks for your question. 1 cup of cooked noodles provides 220 calories. Most people eat around 2 cups per serving, so that is 440 calories. A large hard boiled egg provides 80 calories, giving you a total of 520 calories for a bowl of noodles with egg. For even more calories try adding peanuts to you soup!
(Complete nutrition facts for noodles and eggs.)
Posted on 2011-05-30 19:43:11
Name:Jess
Location:Loughborough
Subject:Losing Weight
Hey I am 14 and I'm 10 stone 4 and I have a problem with my spine meaning that it curves and pushes my stomach out make me look like I am pregnent or something. I was wondering if cutting down on my calorie intake would help me lose weight and help reduce the muffin top on my tummy. I also do 4 hours of exercise a week but I don't seem to be losing any wieght if anything I seem to be gaining it !! PLEASE HELP I have a trampolining compition in 1 month which I need to be 9 stone 13 to be allowed into the correct category.
Posted on 2011-06-23 15:10:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Losing Weight
Hi Jess, thanks for your comment. The first thing you want to do is to check your body mass index (BMI) to see if you are overweight or underweight for your height. This BMI weight loss calculator can help you set goals. To answer your question you will definitely lose weight by cutting back on calories, and specifically eating fewer calories than you burn through exercise and daily life. Also, as you exercise your body will build muscle which might be the reason why you are not seeing immediate weight loss with exercise, just be patient and the weight loss will follow.
Posted on 2011-06-26 10:19:28
Name:Kanda F
Location:Singapore
Subject:Gaining 8 Kilos
Apparently my BMI (17.2) means that I'm underweight, and recently due to irregular sleep I lost an additional 5 kg meaning my body fluctuated and dug into its fats reserves which isn't that much.. Now, I know the best thing for me is to take fats but what else can I take because I'm not fond of meat ( not a vegetarian). I'm also not to happy with the idea of nuts. Anything possible that has a high calorie based diet but not necessarily unhealthy? I'm getting back in my usual sleeping schedule.
Posted on 2011-07-07 07:43:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining 8 Kilos
Hi Kanda, thanks for your question. You should try eat more grains, like bread and rice, which are very high in calories. Also, do you like dark chocolate? Although it is a bit high in fat it is a great high calorie food. Are you exercising regularly? You may think it is the wrong thing to do for weight gain, but exercise can help you build muscle increasing your weight and appetite. Exercise can also help you sleep better. Yet another option is to drink a lot of calories. Milk, soy milk, and fruit juices are all very high in calories. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-07-07 07:51:28
Name:Michael
Location:Australia
Subject:Peanuts
How many calories does a peanut have in it?
Posted on 2011-07-11 16:37:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Peanuts
Hi Michael, thanks for your question. A single dry roasted peanut has around 6 calories, which is 164 calories per ounce, and a whopping 854 calories per cup!
Complete nutrition facts for peanuts.
Posted on 2011-07-11 18:31:35
Name:Raj
Location:Fiji
Subject:How to Gain Weight?
Hey I'm 132 pounds and I am 18 years old, I want my weight to be 180 pounds..what do I eat? Indian food is not helping.
Posted on 2011-07-17 18:53:29
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to Gain Weight?
Hi Raj, thanks for your question. The first thing you need to do is to check your body mass index (or BMI) to be sure that 180 pounds is a healthy weight target for you. After that, focus on increasing intake of healthier fats like almonds and coconuts, and also eating more carbohydrates like brown rice or lentils. Adopting a daily form of muscle building exercise will help you build muscle which is the healthier kind of weight. Extra muscle will increase your appetite which will increase your calorie intake.
Posted on 2011-07-17 19:13:19
Name:Amanda
Subject:How to Gain Weight?
Hey, I weight 125 and I'm trying to gain some more weight but I can never get passed 130 so my weight keeps going from 125 to 130. How can I get passed 130?
Posted on 2011-07-18 18:11:03
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How to Gain Weight?
Hi Amanda, thanks for your question. Like the previous poster Raj, you first need to check your body mass index (or BMI) to make sure that 130 pounds is a healthy weight goal. After that, adopt a form of muscle building exercise that will boost your muscle mass and appetite. Next, focus on eating healthy high calorie foods, like the ones listed here!
Posted on 2011-07-21 01:43:04
Name:Abby
Location:Canada
Subject:Gain weight
Hi my BMI is around 14.8. I am 6.2 feet tall and 115 pounds. I am looking forward to build muscle weight. Can consuming peanut butter with brown bread and glass of milk increase weight? What are the other healthy ways to attain healthy mass?
Posted on 2011-08-06 04:07:01
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gain weight
Hi Abby, thanks for your question. A peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat with milk is a good option. You can try add chocolate powder, or honey, to your milk to get even more calories. Keep eating high calorie foods, but if you do not start putting on weight definitely visit your doctor as there might be some other cause to your low BMI.
Posted on 2011-08-06 10:11:04
Name:Raph
Location:Philippines
Subject:Gain Weight
I'm 23y.o - I've noticed that the more I take foods high in Calories and Protien the more I lose weighht. I've tried taking whey protien milk going to the gym - take 6 meals a day but at the end nothing happen, been doing this thingy for over a year now. Hope someone can help me. Thanks. I badly need to gain weight I don' want to be skinny for the rest of my life. Having said that, I hope there's a cure for my hight metabolism rate.
Posted on 2011-09-06 09:53:09
Name:Brianne
Location:Canada
Subject:My Weight Gain Experience
Hey just stumbled across your article and noticed all the comments about trying to gain weight. My trick is to eat only TWO meals a day with one small snack at lunch. I consume about 1000 calories each meal and a 500 for my snack (often split into two smaller snacks). I only eat organic foods and whole grains and limit my animal protein intake and get protein from other sources, I also limit my intake of processed foods to only the healthy kind and NEVER eat fast food (it doesn't help you gain weight). I also did a detox of sorts to boost my digestive system and bring down the acidity. This was recommended by my dietitian to slow down my metabolism. Most people make the mistake of eating smaller meals when trying to gain weight. This often results in your metabolism SPEEDING up. It tricks your body into slowing down the digestive process allowing your body to absorb nutrients slowly. Also if you are not doing weight or strength training you are, as my trainer puts it, wasting your time. Limit your cardio to 30 mins of moderate activity a day, ie: walking, dancing. As always consult your doctors before attempting any new eating plan. Doing this I was able to gain weight in a healthy way. I am now 5' 7" and 135lbs. The perfect weight for me. I gained 20 lbs in two months and have maintained it easily. All by changing my lifestyle.
Posted on 2011-10-09 09:44:07
Name:Raj
Location:Chennai
Subject:Oats
I regularly drink a cup of oats in the morning. The problem is that I am very lean. Does drinking oats lead to weight loss? Is it good for lean people to drink oats?
Posted on 2011-10-11 23:44:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Oats
Hi Raj, thanks for your question. Drinking oats will not cause you to lose weight, but there are things you can do to add calories to your oats. First, try to cook them thicker so they do not have so much liquid and that way you will get more calories in each spoon. Also, consider adding honey, nuts, or dried fruits to your oats. All are high in calories and will help you gain weight. Also, if you are looking to gain weight, try some weight lifting exercises which will boost your hunger level and build muscle.
Posted on 2011-10-12 12:59:48
Name:Max
Subject:Weight Loss
I have been working out constantly for a couple months and gaining a lot of mass and eating lots of protein and moderate carbohydrates. I'm currently 240 and my lean body mass(LBM) is 180. What foods can you suggest that will help me lose weight?
Posted on 2011-10-22 15:13:42
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Loss
Hi Max, thanks for your question. What kind of workouts are you doing? Mostly muscle building stuff, or cardio? Try increase your cardio workouts for more fat burning effect. Also, given your increase in muscle mass your metabolism must have also increased. Try reduce your portion sizes and increase your portions of fruits and vegetables. Cut high sugar foods, juices, and reduce portion sizes of smoothies. Focus instead on whole grains, lean proteins, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. If nothing else, simply reduce your portion sizes and your increased metabolism should burn fat for you.
Posted on 2011-10-22 15:19:55
Name:Pat
Location:Ma.
Subject:Nut Allergy
Hi, I am trying to gain weight but have a peanut/treenut allergy. I see in your posts that some of the 10 foods to help you gain weight are nuts, peanut butter, peanut oils. All of which I cannot have. What do you think about soy butter as an alternative? Any other suggestions?
Posted on 2011-11-06 21:18:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Nut Allergy
Hi Pat, Thanks for your question. If you are looking for substitutes to nuts, consider trying the soy butter like you suggested, you may also like sesame seed butter (aka: tahini) which is extremely high in calories and similar in taste to peanut butter. Tahini can be found in the international section of most grocery stores, it is also available on Amazon.com. Add honey to Tahini to make it sweet and add even more calories. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2011-11-07 03:17:40
Name:Keira
Location:UK
Subject:Meal Plan
Hi I'm Keira, Great Article thumbs up!! I want a fast calorie intake, but I struggle on what too cook for meals, what do you suggest? (Possibly list a few meals so I have choice for different days of the week etc?) Thanks.
Posted on 2011-11-27 20:42:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Meal Plan
Hi Kiera, thanks for your question. As the article states, eating more calories involves adding high calorie foods like healthy oils, nuts, and dried fruits to existing meals. However, here are some high calorie meal ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

BreakFast
-Peanut Butter Sandwhich with Jam
-Toast with Jam or Chocoalte Spread
-Oatmeal with Dried Fruits and Nuts
-Dark Chocolate
-Drinks: Any Fresh Fruit Juice / Sweetened Soy Milk

Lunch
-Baked Sweet Potato with Olive Oil, Roast Beef
-Whole Wheat Rice with Tofu, Olive Oil
-Whole Wheat Beef Tortilla with Extra Guacamole
-Drinks: Any Fresh Fruit Juice

Dinner
-Mashed Potatoes with Extra Olive Oil
-Chicken, Beef, Tofu, Baked Beans
-Whole Wheat Pasta with Oilves, Rich Tomato Sauce, and Cheese
-Drinks: Beer, Wine, Fresh Fruit Juice, Whole Milk

Focus on increasing your portion sizes and try add a high calorie drink to every meal like fruit juice, milk, or soy milk. Further, add healthy fats, like olive oil, to your meals. Fats contain more calories per gram than carbs or proteins. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2011-11-27 20:42:06
Name:Trisha
Location:Indiana
Subject:Child Needs to Gain Weight
Hi, I found your article while trying to find different ideas to help my son gain weight. He is on a medication that suppresses his appetite. He has also been on the skinny side and after a month on the medication, he lost 3 lbs that he did not need to lose. If he loses anymore weight he will have to stop the meds. My son is 13, weighs 98 lbs. and is aroud 5'1 or 5'2. His Dr suggested getting some sort of powder from a health food store and making a milkshake daily for him with the powder and Vit D milk. I was looking online and there are so many to choose from. Most seem to be tailored to weight loss or body building so I am clueless which to choose. I was also looking for some foods high in calories. He doesn't really like peanuts but I will be trying to get him to eat some daily after reading your article. Thank you.
Posted on 2011-12-05 10:04:04
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Child Needs to Gain Weight
Hi Trisha, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your son's condition. His body mass index (BMI) is around 18 which is on the border of being clincally underweight. You want his weight to be more around 120 lbs. Setting goals might be a good way to motivate your son to eat more. Goals can be set as a target weight, or as a target for calorie consumption. The drink powders are not a bad suggestion. You would want to choose the ones that target muscle building. However, be sure to read the labels as these drinks are often fortified with synthetic vitamin supplements that could interact with your son's medication. Other than that, try a lot of high calorie foods. Peanuts, peanut butter, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, juice, and so on to find out what are his favorites and what he can consume the most of without feeling full. Spread his meals throughout the day. Ideally he should eat at least every two hours to ensure his stomach is always working and always absorbing calories. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-05 10:13:27
Name:Prijitha
Location:Bangalore, India
Subject:Doubts on Weight Gain
Hi, I'm Prijitha here and my BMI is 18, I would like to gain weight, and after reading your article have planned to follow a high calorie diet. Could you please clarify a few doubts, does ground flax seed and honey in milk help in gaining weight? I happened to read many articles that say flaxseed and honey will help in weight loss, I'm confused!! I'm planning to take it on a regular basis after dinner. Please advise and thanks in advance.
Posted on 2011-12-07 21:00:27
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Doubts on Weight Gain
Hi Prijitha, thanks for your quesiton. Adding ground flax seed and honey to milk will definitely help you gain weight. Some people might say it helps you lose weight due to the fiber in flax, however, both flax and honey are high in calories and would definitely make you gain weight. In addition to flax seed you can add some teaspoons of powdered milk to your milk helping to add more calories. If you find you are feeling too full after drinking the milk you can try the drink without flax, or try substituting chocolate drink powder or ground peanuts instead of flax. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-07 21:08:29
Name:Abby A.
Location:North America
Subject:Too Full
Hey, its Abby A. I have Crohns and I'm lactose-intolerant and VERY short for a 13 year old. I get full REALLY fast and am wondering if there are any small high calorie things that I can eat through out the day that won't make me full so fast. Can you help me? Thank You.
Posted on 2011-12-07 22:10:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Too Full
Hi Abby, thanks for your question. Given that you have Crohn's finding foods that work for you may require experimentation on your part. To suggest a few high calorie snacks that might not kill your appetite try dark chocolate, sunflower seeds, squash seeds, peanuts, and wholewheat crackers. Getting enough vitamin B12 can also be an issue for people with Crohn's, and this is especially true for your since you are lactose intolerant and don't eat dairy. Have you tried soymilk? Soymilk can be a great high calorie snack and is often fortified with vitamin B12. Check labels to be sure. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-07 22:10:32
Name:Juan Rico
Location:USA
Subject:How am I doing?
Hey I'm 5"11, 149 lbs I looked up my BMI with an app on my phone and it told me to eat 4000 cals a day, which is actually not that hard, I've been hitting the gym and lifting good also getting enough sleep and resting enough between workouts. I've been eating healthy foods and also supplementing with vitamins, minerals, and omega fatty acids. Also since I dont drink milk I've been taking a calcium sup, I've seen changes in muscle definition but not weight but I've only been at it for about a month and a week, is there anythin else I should be doin to help myself out on weight gain??
Posted on 2011-12-08 01:56:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How am I doing?
Hi Juan, thanks for your question. Your body mass index (BMI) is 21 which is average. You probably do not need to gain any more weight, but it is ok if you want to build muscle. Your diet and exercise sounds great, however, if you are eating healthy then you probably do not need to be taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Calcium supplements have been show to increase the risk of heart disease, so be careful! Keep eating lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other natural foods to complement your work outs. To see results you just need to keep lifting weights, eating healthy high calorie foods, high protein foods, and getting plenty of rest inbetween. Good luck!
Posted on 2011-12-08 01:56:06
Name:Underweight
Location:Michigan
Subject:Need Serious Weight Gain
I'm 26 years old, getting way too close to 80lbs, the doctors can't figure out what's wrong with me at all, other than stating that my metabolism is just really high. I can't exercise either, every time I try to gain muscle, I end up losing more of it, I can't rebuild my cells fast enough. My body blocks a lot of nutrients too, for no apparent reason, I've been eating all these foods for over 10 years now, and all I keep doing is losing weight, I want to just reach 100lbs just once in my entire life. 116lbs is suppose to be the average weight for my height, and that's if I was 15 years old!!! I weight less than a 12 year old... I don't know what else to do... Eat everything in sight, but nothing happens.
Posted on 2011-12-19 07:37:37
Name:Rooster
Location:OZ
Subject:Calorie Advice
Hi there, I'm really confused. I've just been diagnosed as anorexic. I'm 170cm tall and weigh just over 50kgs. I currently eat well below 1000 cals a day even though I've now increased.. I'm completely overwhelmed by how to even cram in another 1-2000 cals a day...possibly more later down the track when I resume weights and all my fitness training again (2+hrs per day). Should I just literally be stuffing my face pretty much all day everyday? I'm currently drinking sustagen with soy milk 3 times a day, and forcing myself to eat regular meals. But I think my portion sizes are too small still! Any suggestions? I clearly don't know what a normal portion size really is...
Posted on 2011-12-20 09:30:18
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Calorie Advice
Hi Rooster, thanks for your comment. Your diagnosis is correct as your body mass index is below 18, you are clincally underweight. People are recommended to eat 2000 calories a day to maintain healthy body function and need at least 1600 calories of healthy nutrient dense foods. You should probably aim to consume between 2400-4000 calories a day till you reach 60 kilos. You do not need to eat extraudinary amounts to do this. Try the following snacks and meals:
  • 2 glasses of grape juice (32oz): 616 calories
  • 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts: 474 calories
  • 2 Whole wheat crackers with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter on each: 224 calories
Slowly start adding these snacks to your daily routine and build your caloric intake. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2011-12-20 11:00:51
Name:Rahul
Location:India
Subject:Banana and Milk form excess Mucus?
Hi,I m Rahul. I m 24. I weigh only 54 Kg. Recently I started a weight gain diet consisting of bananas, milk and almonds. But since I was suffering from some sinus related problems my doctor told me to completely stop banana and milk as according to him they are mucus forming products. But removing these 2 doesn't leave me with too man alternative diets for weight gain since I'm a vegetarian also. Can you please tell me if milk and bananas are really mucus forming and can you also suggest me some alternatives. Thanks.
Posted on 2011-12-23 18:30:49
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Banana and Milk form excess Mucus?
Hi Rahul, thanks for your question. Your doctor is definitely right that milk helps form mucus, bananas may not as much, but it would still be better to eat other fruits instead. What is available where you live? Instead of banans try guavas, or mangoes. Instead of milk, try soy milk, almond milk, or fresh fruit juices like grape juice or apple juice. Be sure to also check out the weight gain tips in this article!
Posted on 2011-12-23 19:09:08
Name:Akinyemi Gbenga Stephen
Location:Shagamu, Ogun state
Subject:Muscle Builders
I think I like this opportunity to know things about diet. I wish to develop muscle diet-wise. I recognize I need to consume food high in proteins and calories. But my problem is to know types of food available locally that can serve my purpose. I prefere the local names of such foods. Any help on this matter will be highly appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Posted on 2012-01-25 05:01:28
Name:Adriana
Location:LA, California, USA
Subject:Check your BMI chart
I'm 168cm and 52kg with a BMI of 18.5 which my doctor said is fine. I passed my yearly check up with flying colors which makes me wonder why you are telling people they need a bmi of 20 to be healthy. I think you may need to fix that.
Posted on 2012-02-13 08:55:26
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Check your BMI chart
Hi Adriana, thanks for your comment. In fact both the article on the body mass index, and the BMI calculator state that a healthy BMI ranges between 18-25. Therefore, even though your current BMI is fine, it is borderline underweight. The recommended target of 20 is simply a guideline for people to follow that gives them a below-average BMI without being in danger of becoming underweight.
Posted on 2012-02-15 20:30:52
Name:Kate
Location:Australia
Subject:Am I still healthy?
I'm turning 14 years old this year, 173 cm tall and 45.3 kilograms. I eat healthily and exercise pretty well, but I'm still really skinny and I'm starting to think that I am getting underweight. Am I still healthy or do I need to do something about my weight? Also is there anything I can eat that will help me stay full for longer and give me plenty of energy because I am starting rowing this year and it is a very demanding sport. Thanks!
Posted on 2012-02-19 00:51:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Am I still healthy?
Hi Kate, thanks for your question, according to your Body Mass Index (BMI) you are underweight, and need to gain 10-15 kilos to enter a healthy weight range. However, your weight might be genetic, is anyone else in your family very thin? If so, ask them about it, and if they have experienced any health problems. Either way, definitely focus on gaining weight. Eat high calorie foods and high protein foods to build muscle. Try the high calorie foods for weight gain listed in this article.
Posted on 2012-02-19 00:58:34
Name:Moushka
Location:Paisley
Subject:Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi, my six year old daughter is built like a stick, I must admit that I too was very thin when I was her age, so much so that I had light therapy and tonics until 14 yrs old the doc just gave up and told my mum that this is the way I'm supposed to be. I have grown up healthy and still am to this day, however I wish to avoid tonics and the like for my own daughter. Recently she has been quite run down with earache, cold, etc...I know the time of year doesn't help however I am endeavouring to increase her daily calorie count in the hope that this will help her gain weight without all the fuss. I have discovered unsalted pistachios which she loves and tuna mayonnaise on sandwiches and in pasta which again she loves. Could you please recommend other high calorie foods which she can eat but still remain healthy? She is not a fan of milk or cheese so unfortunately these are out, she does love cucumber and sugar snap peas but I'm afraid to let her eat the whole packet, or the entire cucumber because I don't want her to fill up on something which has a limited number of calories. Any suggestions would be appreciated, thanks.
Posted on 2012-02-24 14:37:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi Moushka, thanks for your question. It is likely that genetics plays a big role in your daughter's weight, however, you can still try to improve it with diet. It is good that you are giving her pistachios and tuna. In addition you can give her dried fruits, like dates, and fruit juice. Both are high in calories. Also, try giving her dark chocolate, at least 60%, and peanuts, or peanut butter sandwiches. Both dark chocolate and peanuts are high zinc foods which can help boost her immune system, hopefully reducing the frequency of colds and earaches.
Posted on 2012-02-24 18:23:42
Name:Moushka
Location:Paisley
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Thanks so much for your reply, I'll use your suggestions. That's very interesting about the high zinc helping immune system and she loves nuts and chocolate. In a few days of watching exactly how much she eats and small changes to her diet (i.e. nuts) she has gained a couple of pounds! Hooray for nuts! :)
Posted on 2012-02-25 14:09:32
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Helping my 6 year old gain weight
Hi Moushka, that is great news! Keep up the good work and hope your daughter keeps up her weight gain!
Posted on 2012-02-25 14:12:31
Name:Jessica
Location:Toronto
Subject:I am very skinny and tall
I am 14 and only weight 75 pounds:( How do I get fatter if I have a fast metabolism? What can I eat? I am very active as I play gym every othe day and dance every other day. Do I have a problem?
Posted on 2012-02-26 20:50:47
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: I am very skinny and tall
Hi Jessica, thanks for your question. The first thing to do is calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) which is based on your weight and height. If it is under 18 you definitely want to increase you caloric intake. Try the foods suggested in this article for weight gain. Also, as you are 14 and still growing, it is not uncommon to be a little underweight. Keep up the exercise and try to eat more high calorie foods. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2012-02-26 23:12:14
Name:Sarah
Location:London
Subject:Need to Gain Weight
Hi, I am 19 and am trying to gain weight but everytime I eat I feel too full and I eat again, maybe 5 hours later. Have you got any tips or sugestions for me to have an appetite? What can you advise me to eat which is high in calories or fat? Thank you.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:27:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to Gain Weight
Hi Sarah, thanks for your question. To increase your appetite, you need to try eat a little more food each time you eat. Slowly increase your portion size. Also, buy snacks and other foods to gain weight to put around your house and in your fridge. This will encourage you to consume more calories and gain weight. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:30:45
Name:Jennifer
Location:London
Subject:What should I eat to gain weight fast?
Hi, I want to find out what should I eat to gain weight, I used to be size 14 after giving bith, 2 years ago, I am now size 8. I try to eat every time but I still can't gain weight. I also lost my appetite, is there anything I can take or healthy vitamins to boost my appetite back? Hope to hear from you soon, thank you.
Posted on 2012-02-27 13:39:28
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: What should I eat to gain weight fast?
Hi Jennifer, thanks for your comment. It is not uncommon to loose weight after birth since breast feeding and your body's recovery can consume a lot of calories. As stated in the last comment, increase your appetite by increasing your portion size meal after meal. Exercise can also help to boost appetite. Further, your loss of appetite may be caused by a hormone imbalance or other illness which can be corrected with medication. Consult your health care provider for more information. There are no vitamins that have been shown to boost appetite. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-02-27 14:57:53
Name:Roxsan
Location:Canada
Subject:My wrist is so small
I am very bony and my wrists are really tiny, and I am 15 and I probably would fit kids size watch. Is there any way I can get bigger? Can you give me some tips please! I am 5 foot 3 inches tall. I weight 85 pounds. Please help me! Can you also tell me a meal plan with the most caloric foods? Thank you soo much!
Posted on 2012-03-01 07:57:56
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My wrist is so small
Hi Roxsan, given your weight and height your body mass index (BMI) is 15 and you should try gain at least 28 pounds to reach a healthy weight. Aim for gaining 10 pounds a month over 3 months. It is good to break down your weight gain into goals. Try to eat a little more every day to build your appetite. Focus on adding calories to everything. This can be done by adding olive oil to foods you eat already. Make peanut butter sandwhiches with honey as a snack, and drink lots of milk and fruit juice. If you can, try lifting weights! This will boost your appetite, and in combition with high protein foods, help you build muscle on your arms and wrists. Lifting weights is not just for guys, it is ok to try curl 5-10 pound dumbbells and increase the weight as you like! Hope that helps and good luck.
Posted on 2012-03-01 19:02:00
Name:Mel
Location:Birmingham
Subject:Gaining weight gluten free
Hi, Im 5ft 8 and 62kg. Although I'm not clinically underweight I have unintentionally lost 8kg in 6 months. I've had chronic skin problems most of my life and it has now been suggested that I try a gluten free diet to see if it helps, but I'm struggling to find gluten free foods that fill me up. Can you recommend high calorie gluten free foods? My weight loss is due to switching to a more active job role and studying, but not being able to put weight back on can be quite upsetting and hurts my self esteem. Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-11 13:55:50
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining weight gluten free
Hi Mel, thanks for your question. Gluten is found in wheat, barley, rye, trictile, and related wheat products like bread and beer. Gluten can also be an additive to many foods, so be sure to check food labels. High calorie gluten free foods include nuts, milk, soy milk, fruit juice, dried fruits, dark chocolate, brown rice, millet, and quinoa. While it may not be as healthy, fish and chips (french fries) is a very high calorie meal! Eating fish and chips 3 times a week should definitely help you gain weight. Also, try lifting weights, this will help boost hunger and put weight on your body. Working out can also be a great emotional release and boost your self-esteem. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-11 14:24:48
Name:Mich
Subject:Hubby with ALS
Hello, my hubby has ALS and has difficulty trying to maintain or even gain any weight. He has difficulty with seeds and very crunchy type foods. Any suggestions on higher calorie foods that are also nutritional for him? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-11 18:53:04
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Hubby with ALS
Hi Mich, thanks for your question and sorry to hear of your husband's condition. Focus on giving him 100% fruit juices, and even consider commerical drink powders that are fortified with vitamins and provide complete nutrition. This is especially true if your husband does not eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Beyond that, you can try to give him creamy soups, such as clam chowder, which are extremely high in calories. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2012-03-11 21:18:07
Name:Alyssa
Location:WA
Subject:Need to Gain Weight
Hi, I am in my 20's, am 5'4" and weigh 103 pounds. I have a gluten, dairy, nut, and corn allergy so it really limits what I can eat, which sucks. I am constantly eating because I am hungry all the time but still not gaining weight. I eat lots of fruits, veggies, rice, meat, potatoes, beans, lentils and seeds. I've heard that it might help if I eat less often, but if I don't eat every 2-3 hours (exept when I'm sleeping of course), then I get SO hungry. I try to eat as much as I can at one time when I'm hungry to make it last longer, but I stop when I am full because if I keep eating I just feel bloated. Any suggestions? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-03-12 19:56:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to Gain Weight
Hi Alyssa, thanks for your question. It sounds like you are eating all the right foods, maybe try fruit juice instead of fruits, since juice can have 2x3 times the calories gram per gram. You should definitely keep snacking and eating throughout the day as this will maximize the time your body can absorb nutrients. If you are inclined too, try lifting weights or other muscle building exercises which will help you gain weight. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-12 20:22:45
Name:HardGainer
Location:KCMO
Subject:Sugar
For someone extremely skinny (I'm talking underweight on the BMI chart) that wants to gain muscle, is sugar a bad thing? Aside from high calorie healthy foods and weight lifting, I'm just curious to know if drinking apple juice, sweet tea or having the occasional organic chocolate ice cream is going to stall my results? Thanks.
Posted on 2012-03-15 01:49:13
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sugar
Thanks for your question. Eating sugar will not hamper your ability to build muscle. If you are going to have juice or other sugars then try to also eat protein, fiber, or fats which can help slow the digestion of the sugar, reducing risk of type II diabetes. Otherwise, high sugar foods, and high carb foods, can be good for those looking to gain weight.
Posted on 2012-03-15 02:15:28
Name:Denyse
Location:Philadelphia
Subject:Coconut Milk
I'm having problems with finding the high caloric coconut milk. The ones I've seen made by Silk and others all boast calories of 80-100 calories per cup of milk consumed. Are there any brands you can tell me about that will give me the 552 calories per cup as suggested in the recommended weight gain calorie rich foods index provided?
Posted on 2012-03-19 14:25:16
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Coconut Milk
Hi Denyse, thanks for your question. The coconut milk listed refers to the more concentrated type typically found in a can. Amazon.com sells this coconut milk. As you can see, a 1/4 cup of this milk provides 100 calories! This coconut milk can be used as a substitute for water when making rice, soups, sauces, or curries. Doing so would definitely increase the calories! The Silk dairy substitute coconut milk is actually a fairy new product and use of the term "coconut milk". So basically, take a look in the international section of your grocery store for coconut milk in the can, or order some coconut milk from Amazon.com.
Posted on 2012-03-19 14:40:10
Name:Mansi
Location:India
Subject:Thanks a lot
Thanks for the wonderful article and it is working wonders for me since I gained approx 3Kg last month. I replaced the majority of low cal foods with your list like olive oil, nuts, chocolates etc...Two days ago I started taking garlic supplements and read somewhere that garlic opens up arteries and reduces fat and cholesterol. So does taking garlic supplements draw out the fats stored in my body? And should people on a weight gain program take garlic?
Posted on 2012-03-31 11:52:48
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Hi Mansi, thanks for your comment. Garlic is a cholesterol lowering food and may also lower the level of other lipids in your blood. However, the calorie rich foods you are eating to gain weight (olive oil, nuts, and chocolate) are also cholesterol lowering foods and it would not be necessary to take garlic as you gain weight unless you have high LDL cholesterol. Further, fat serves important functions in the body and it is not necessary to reduce all levels of fat. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-03-31 17:15:08
Name:Mansi
Location:India
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Haha so this means I'm gaining healthy KGS and need not worry about clogging up my arteries. Also can I take Soyabean or Coconut oil? Are these healthy choices for weight gain? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-04-01 14:50:40
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Thanks a lot
Hi Mansi, there is a lot of controvery around coconut oil because of the high saturated fat content. Saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and clog your arteries. Commercial versions of coconut, and even soybean oil, are often hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated. Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats should be avoided. If you can find natural coconut oil then it will be ok in small amounts. Natural soybean oil should be great for weight gain.
Posted on 2012-04-01 19:11:54
Name:Ndoshi
Location:USA
Subject:Protein Drinks
Can you recommend any protein drinks to help with weight gain? I'm 30 pounds underweight. I tried "up your mass" and others with milk but it just came right out. Now I'm trying bolthouse farms protein plus drink that has 64g protein in a bottle. Anything would help. I'm a vegetarian and diet is restricted.
Posted on 2012-04-04 21:33:15
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Protein Drinks
Hi Ndoshi, thanks for your question. I do not have any experience with protein drinks, maybe someone else would like to comment? You will probably have to try many different ones to find one that works for you. Or perhaps none of them work and you should stick to high calorie foods like nuts, peanut butter, bread, and so on...
Posted on 2012-04-04 21:35:01
Name:JT
Location:CA/USA
Subject:Cancer weight loss
17 months ago I ended Radiation & Chemo therapy for throat cancer. During the treatment, I lost weight from 205 to 142. I'm 5'9" tall. 142 lbs has a BMI of 22, which is where I am. I'm 66 years old. All checkups show no reoccurance of cancer. I have gone from being mild diabetic type 2 to no diabetic, from mildly hypertense to normal BPs. Should I be making a major effort to gain some weight back, say 10-15 lbs?
Posted on 2012-04-12 10:04:05
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Cancer weight loss
Hi JT, thanks for your question and congratulations on making it through cancer treatment succuessfully. It is really great that you have got your type II diabetes under control. To answer your question you do not need to necessarily gain weight, but you would be wise to do some muscle building exercises and other exercises to rebuild any muscle mass you may have lost during treatment. Try to do this while staying at your current BMI. Also, avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates so that you do not get type II diabetes again! Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-04-12 10:04:05
Name:Nhlaka
Location:S.A
Subject:Weight Gain
After how many months will I see a difference? Thank you.
Posted on 2012-04-23 13:26:12
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain Time
Hi Nhlaka, thanks for your question. The pace you will gain weight depends on many factors, mainly your metabolism and how many calories you are eating. Most people would see results after only 2 weeks, if you haven't gained any weight after 1 month, than you need to eat more calories or see the doctor to check your metabolism.
Posted on 2012-04-23 15:24:28
Name:Isse
Location:Somalia
Subject:Belly Fat
I do a lot of exercise for 15 minutes but the problem is I am not losing weight specially around my stomach and I drink a lot of cold mango and fruit beverages, is that the problem?
Posted on 2012-05-05 09:12:58
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Belly Fat
Hi Isse, thanks for your question. When you exercise, do you get your heart rate up? Are you running or walking? Either way, 15 minutes is not enough, slowly build up to 30-60 minutes of exercise a day. Try adding 5 minutes more a week till you reach this goal. Also, the fruit juices are loaded with calories and definitely not helping your weight loss. Replace the juices with water or plain tea. Hope that helps and good luck!
Posted on 2012-05-06 01:45:36
Name:Emily
Location:Colorado, USA
Subject:Underweight Toddler
Hello! I found your article while searching for ways to help my 19 month old daughter gain some weight. She started out in the 98th percentile and gradually dropped down to the 18th since starting solid foods. Her doctor gave us a list of high calorie foods to give her, but the list mostly consisted of dairy items, and dairy gives her HORRIBLE constipation. I currently feed her 5 meals per day, but she only picks at the food. She prefers fruits and vegetables and I have a very difficult time getting her to eat anything truly substantial (with the exception of cheese, which she loves but can't have lest she go a week without a b/m). So far I've had no luck. Any suggestions?
Posted on 2012-07-07 01:03:25
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Underweight Toddler
Hi Emily, thanks for your question. If your daughter likes fruits and vegetables, then try avocados, sweet potatoes, rasins, or dates. All are high in calories and vitamins your dughter needs. Also, dried fruit like rasins, prunes, and dates, should help alleviate any constipation your daughter has, so might work well with the dairy products. Hope those ideas help.
Posted on 2012-07-07 01:33:13
Name:Greg
Location:USA
Subject:Weight Gain Goals with the BMI
I'm 17 and 5'8 and weight about 116 lbs. I do a lot of dancing a physical movement in musical theatre. I want to gain weight and build muscle also. I typically have a small apatite though. My BMI is 17.6 and says "Your BMI is below 20 and you should not lose any weight. In order to have a BMI of 20 you need to gain 16 pounds for a target weight of 132 pounds" How can I achieve this??
Posted on 2012-07-09 20:41:07
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain Goals with the BMI
Hi Greg, thanks for your question. Using the BMI calculator you can set a target of gaining 16 pounds in 2 months. You can acheive that goal if you can eat around 1000 calories per day more than you do now. Try to drink 3 glasses of orange juice (672 calories total), and eat half a cup of almonds (411 calories) each day. If you can add those foods as snacks to your daily diet you will gain weight in no time. The protein from the almonds will also help with building muscle, but try to also add in some more high protein foods like fish.
Posted on 2012-07-09 22:13:35
Name:Mansi
Subject:Weight Gain
Hi, I'm Mansi from India. Thanks to this article I have gained decently and look much healthier now. But I still want to gain more weight. I have one question regarding the calories in mangoes. According to this article there are 65 calories in mangoes per 100g, but I'm confused since mango comes with a large seed inside it. So if I buy 1Kg of Mango and eat all of its pulp then would it imply I have taken 650 calories? Thanks!
Posted on 2012-08-15 03:06:02
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain
Hi Mansi, thanks for your question and congratulations on your weight gain. To answer your question, the 100 grams in the article refers only to the pulp, and not the seed. You would have to eat 1KG of mango pulp to get 650 calories. One average sized mango, without the seed or skin, provides 135 calories. Here are the complete nutrition facts for mangoes.
Posted on 2012-08-15 07:55:35
Name:David
Location:USA
Subject:Affordable High Calorie Foods
I'm 14 and in pretty good physical condition. I eat a lot, but the foods I want are always expensive. Any cheap high calorie foods that are convenient?
Posted on 2012-09-14 10:29:37
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Affordable High Calorie Foods
Hi David, thanks for your question. For affordable high calorie foods, try dried fruits, like dates, raisins, and apricots. Peanuts are also inexpensive, as well as dry oats for oatmeal. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2012-09-14 14:31:59
Name:Nicolás
Location:Cleveland
Subject:Gaining weight after fast weight loss
I lost 14 pounds and I have no idea why? The doctors tell me its depression and since I have anxiety attacks I think it has something to do with it? :) Please answer, I want to know how to gain a lot of weight fast...
Posted on 2012-11-22 06:14:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Gaining weight after fast weight loss
Hi Nicolás, thanks for your question. Given your fast weight loss and depression have you considered having your thyroid tested for hyperthyroidism? Do you have any of the other symptoms of hyperthyroidism? Otherwise try build appetite through exercise, eat high calorie foods, and work with your doctors to get better. Hope you feel better soon!
Posted on 2012-11-22 20:33:13
Name:Wickey
Location:Addis
Subject:Supplements to gaining weight?
Hi, is there a side effect to using weight gain tablets? Can you recommend a good brand?
Posted on 2012-11-23 13:47:48
Name:Mika
Location:Azerbaijan
Subject:Sugar risk of high calorie foods
How safe it is to consume 150 grams of complex sugar that come from an apple, banana, 100 grams of raisins, and 300g of milk? And what can you say about high oxalate content of almonds? Thank you!
Posted on 2013-03-12 02:47:35
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Sugar risk of high calorie foods
Hi Mika, thanks for your comment. You bring up a good point. All those foods should not be eaten in one sitting, but spread out over the day if possible. As for oxalates in almonds, there has not been any large trend of a health risk, however, if you have kidney stones, or take certain medications, you do need to be aware of them.
Posted on 2013-03-12 17:09:33
Name:Pharah
Location:New York
Subject:Have colitis and underweight
Hi, I was recently diagnosed with ulcerative colitis (mild/moderate colon inflammation) and started losing quite a lot of weight. I was 156lbs and now up two pounds from 126lbs. I can't eat most foods such as nuts, fruits, chocolate, wheat, soy, gluten...no granulated sugar but honey/brown sugar is okay. It's quite frustrating and I'd like to get back to my old weight, because I actually do look sick instead of just feeling sick. Any recommended foods would be appreciated. Thanks!
Posted on 2013-03-20 16:25:09
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Have colitis and underweight
Hi Pharah, thanks for your question. According to the U.S. Library of Medicine you should avoid high fiber foods, greasy foods, and dairy foods. The page also suggests drinking fluids and snacking throughout the day. This is great advice. Your strategy for weight gain should be to eat a lot of little high calorie meals. Your diet is limited, but being able to consume honey is great. Mix it into beverages, include it with whatever snack works. Also try filtered fruit juice which can be really high in calories while low in fiber. Further, lean meats can be a good way to gain weight. Look for low fat dried meats or beef jerky and see how it works for you as a snack. Lastly, even though they are not the best. You can look for some non-dairy, non-soy, protein drinks or similar "power shake" products. Though finding one that works for you may be difficult, if you do find one, please come back and share! Hope those thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-03-20 23:33:39
Name:Karthik Kumar
Location:India
Subject:How many calories equals 5KG?
How many calories need to eaten per day to gain 5kg per month?
Posted on 2013-05-07 06:02:20
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: How many calories equals 5KG? (38,500 calories)
Hi Karthik, thanks for your question. One pound of fat is equal to 3500 calories. Since one pound is equal to 2.2KG you would need to eat 7700 calories to gain 1KG of fat (and/or muscle). Thus to gain 5KG you need to aim to eat 38,500 calories in a month. That is 1283 extra calories each day for a month(30 days). That is very possible. Please note that this is an estimate and does not count for things like your metabolism, or how much exercise you do. If you do more exercise, then you can expect to need to eat more calories. However, you would also be building muscle, which is the kind of weight you want to gain, and not so much fat. Hope those numbers and thoughts help.
Posted on 2013-05-07 06:40:37
Name:Alec
Location:New Zealand
Subject:Serving sizes and sugar content
Good Evening, this website is really awesome, and I'm loving it but the only thing I'm confused is in the weight gain adding more to your meals part it says "2 Glasses of Grape Juice (32oz): 616 calories ... 32oz is bout 900++ mls, so how does 2 glasses of grape juice = 616? Do i have to drink 32oz? Isn't that bad cause of the sugar? Thanks.
Posted on 2013-07-09 04:25:11
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Serving sizes and sugar content
Hi Alec, thanks for your kind comments and for your question. Indeed 32 ounces is too much grape juice for one meal, and that section has now been revised to just 1 glass, or 16 ounces/~480ml. The sugar content is of concern, particularly if you have diabetes or are sensitive to sugar, however, if you consume the juice with a snack like nuts, it will balance the glycemic load of the sugar.
Posted on 2013-07-09 09:30:39
Name:Tina
Location:California
Subject:Weight Gain for Diabetics
Hello, I just found this website today and I really like it. I've read all the questions but none of them have the same problem like me. I am diabetic with type2. I am 5ft3 but only 88bls (before I was 95 lbs.) It's so hard for me to gain weight due to my carbohydrates and sugar levels. Even though I eat a lot during the day. Please tell me what food I should eat to gain weight fast but not affect to my glucose level. Thank you very much!
Posted on 2013-08-15 18:26:06
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight Gain for Diabetics
Hi Tina, thanks for your question. To gain weight without eating a lot of carbohydrates (sugars), you want to focus on high calorie/low carb foods. This mostly includes lean meats, fatty meats, dark chocolate (95%+), and oils. Good oils to add to food include flax seed oil, canola oil, and olive oil. Try adding 2 tablespoons of oil to each meal. Also, eat more steak and fish. Try to find some dry meat snacks without sugar. In terms of dark chocolate, you can try a 99% cocoa dark chocolate bar sold on Amazon, or find it in other stores. For more ideas, here is a list of 700 foods with the best calorie to carbohydrate ratio. You can also use the listing to see the best foods for different food groups. Hope that helps!
Posted on 2013-08-16 11:47:44
Name:Nolan
Location:Pitvalley
Subject:My opinion on healthy high calorie foods

1.Animal fats. Do not limit, eat as much as you want. BUT. Do not eat them if they have been processed with heat, as heat creates toxic substances in them.

2.Vegetable oils. Limit, for some reason they got this right.

3.Nuts. Definitely limit, and a lot, as they include anti-nutrients. Best to eat them separately from foods that include iron and magnesium.

4.Salad dressings? Why is that even included? Salad consists of so many different things. You literally cannot find salad growing on a tree or in the ground or munching on grass on a field.

5.Peanut butter. As with nuts, limit this just as much. Avoid, basically.

6.Junk food. Not just avoid but to not consume at all.

7.Dark chocolate. Limit, definitely limit.

8.Cheese. If it is not heated (pasteurized), then eat as much as you want, but some people get digestive issues when eating too much. And lactose-intolerance... would not exist if milk was not heated to kill "bacteria", heating it destroys enzymes already present in the milk that would help digest milk protein, aka lactose. IF you can get real milk, cheese, butter, or any milk product that is not heated then you're good to eat as much as you want, unless you notice it's not for your bowels.

9. Fried foods. Well, in truth, just as any food processed with heat, avoid. Not just avoid but never consume.

10.Processed meats. Processed with heat. Do not consume.

Food and processed with heat ---> cancer. That's where cancer comes from, among many other modern health problems. Cancer is not genetic, it comes from the food you eat, literally comes from it.

Posted on 2013-08-26 18:16:31
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: My opinion on healthy high calorie foods

Hi Nolan, thanks for sharing your opinion on what makes healthy high calorie foods. It is true that animal fats can be harmless for some people, however, it is far from a clear issue. It would certainly be irresponsible at this point to advise someone with poor heart health, or high cholesterol, to eat lard/butter.

As for anti-nutrients in nuts, not sure what you are referring to exactly? Nuts are some of the most nutrient dense foods out there. The tree equivalent of eggs. They are also high in fiber and heart healthy. The same goes for dark chocolate. If you are worried about oxalates, there effect is accounted for in the percent daily value (%DV). Oxalates are not as harmful as widely believed.

As for salad dressings, it is listed since most people think salad is a low calorie meal, but when you factor in dressing, it is quickly the opposite. Most commercial dressings are full of sugar and trans-fats. As stated in the article, a salad dressing of herbs, or perhaps oil and vinegar, is fine.

Please feel free to add more of your opinion, references would also be appreciated. This article is going to be revised soon, and will also have references for its claims.

Posted on 2013-08-27 22:17:56
Name:John
Location:NYC
Subject:Burn fat
Hello..I'm just wondering how many calories I should consume per day if I'm trying to burn body fat..I exercise everyday on inclined treadmill for an hour..my goal is to burn as much fat as possible and I'm combining that with weight training to get rid of soft parts and tone my body, and I read that if you don't have enough calories to burn your body will start to use up the stored fat as energy..so I'm having low intake of calories to force my body to burn the stored fat until I reach the desired result..am I doing it right? Thank you.
Posted on 2013-09-02 12:34:16
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Burn fat
Hi John, what you have read is right. Aim to eat 1600-2000 calories a day. As your take in fewer calories, your body will burn both fat and muscle, but as you are doing the weight lifting, it will help you to build muscle, boosting your metabolism, and burning fat. The BMI weight loss calculator can also help you set calorie and exercise goals. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-09-03 00:23:07
Name:Moira
Location:Ireland
Subject:Weight gain problem
My daughter is a very healthy eater but over the last couple of years her weight has dropped way too low. Her bmi is gone down to 15...she is attending her doctor and eating more now but the weight is not increasing. I have read here about muscle building exercises..would that help? Her doctor has told her that her body is eating her muscles...
Posted on 2013-10-18 22:17:19
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Weight gain problem
Hi Moira, thanks for your question. The first thing you have to establish is the cause of your daughter's weight loss. Is it simply that she ate less, or is it some other problem like diabetes, etc...? As long as she is eating plenty of calories, 2200+, her body should not catabolize (eat) her muscles. Muscle building exercises could help her by boosting her appetite, helping her to eat more. Hope that helps.
Posted on 2013-10-19 07:09:57
Name:Marie Mackie
Location:Sunderland England
Subject:Dried milk powder
Dried milk powder added to milk has the same benefits as shop bought build up drinks. True or false?
Posted on 2014-02-03 14:26:59
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Dried milk powder
Hi Marie, thanks for your question. If your goal is only to gain weight, then the two are probably equal. If you want to build muscle, then the extra protein in the store bought drinks may be better for you. This is because they use whey protein, which does not give you any added fat or carbohydrate. Taking that much isolated protein could be bad for you though. So it is a tough choice, and depends on your level of exercise and your own metabolism. You would be best to just start with the milk powder and go from there.
Posted on 2014-02-04 15:22:15
Name:Colleen
Location:New York
Subject:Need to gain weight...
Hey, Im 27 years old and i'm 5'2 and 96lbs. I had twins 3 yrs ago. I went up to 150 and after I had them down to 100lbs =/.. I want to gain weight I'm not happy with how i look and feel. I went to the doc and my blood work and thyroid are perfect. I checked my BMI and its In order to have a BMI of 20 you need to gain 13 pounds (6 kilos) for a target weight of 109 pounds ( 38 kilos)

One pound of fat = 3500 calories, meaning you should gain 758 calories per day, 45500 calories in total.

What do I have to eat and do to get to 109lbs? Can you give me a menu plan to do this please? Im soooo confused on what to do.. Do i have to eat 3,500 calories a day to get to this? Please help me out here. Thanks so much.

Posted on 2014-02-05 11:14:38
Name:HealthAliciousNess
Subject:RE: Need to gain weight...
Hi Colleen, thanks for your question. The base number of calories a person needs is estimated at 2000 per day. This can vary from person to person, but that is roughly it. So for you, aim to eat 2700 calories to 3500 or more if you can. In terms of diets it is whatever food you like. Even adding snacks or drinks as listed in this article should help.
Posted on 2014-02-05 14:33:18

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References

    • USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 20.