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A 19-year-old male asked:

What is a safe way to gain weight, when i am underweight currently and eat three full healthy meals a day?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Weight gain plan: Add calorie dense foods such as nuts, whole grain pastas, raisins, whole milk, pure fruit juices, butter, avocado, and complex carbohydrates as a healthy way to add more calories. Increase lean protein to build muscle with your exercise plan. Avoid sugars sodas, and chips. Although they are indeed high calorie, they do not provide appropriate nutrition and are difficult for your body to process
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Eat healthy high: calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Work on strength training to build large muscle groups. Workout w heavier weights w fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hrs/night. Hydrate well w water. Foods to help w healthy weight gain: almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, hummus, Avocados, granola, trail mix, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, >
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
Provided original answer
protein bars, lean meats, poultry, fish, Smoothies (w added silken tofu or powdered milk), Greek yogurt (full –fat), pasta/ bagels & use of juice rather than soda. Some people add whey proteins. Good luck.
Oct 29, 2014
Dr. Roy Arnold
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
More calories: Try adding a nutritional supplement like Ensure a couple of times daily between meals. Increase the amount of protein consumed daily to 80-100 grams. Resistance exercises like weight training, yoga or isometrics can build muscle. Thanks for trusting HealthTap!
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 26 years experience
Eat more.: While keeping it healthy, i.e. lean protein sources and fiber and complex carbohydrates, eating more calories per day will help you gain weight. Performing regular cardiovascular exercise and weight training will assure that the weight you gain is lean muscle mass more than simply fat mass.
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Last updated Nov 1, 2014

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