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Hi my weight is 43 kgs and I aim for a weight of around 50 kgs.how much ensure drink should I take per day and for how many months?
Why not gaining lbs?: A rule of thumb--to gain 1 pound eat 3000 calories more than your body normally burns. A bigger question is why are you having difficulty gaining weight? Have you explored with your doctor the possibility of undernutrition, hyperthyroidism, malabsorption and maldigestion, infection, altered GI tract function, eating disorders, inflammatory conditions, and malignancy? Pursue evaluation please. ...Read more
Can I give Ensure drink to my underweight 14-yr old son or Pediasure is safer? He is a very picky eater. Thank you.
Safe yes,reasonable?: You can get a less costly and similar nutritional value by using Carnation breakfast essentials (several flavors). However, I would only do so if he has had a recent checkup/evaluation. What you view as underweight may or may not be valid for his stage of growth, and a treatable medical condition may be overlooked. ...Read more
Yes , but....: If your child needs a nutritional supplement for some reason, there are ones designed more for children, such as pediasure or boost. The better question is why do you need a supplement for a 3-year-old? If they have some kind of chronic health problem, it may be appropriate, but otherwise children should get their nutrients from eating a varied, healthy diet; not get used to drinking out of can. ...Read more
That can help with: Weight gain. There are many ways to gain weight. At healthy high calorie foods. Eat 6 meals/day. Work on strength training to build your 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. ...Read more
Milk: is it vital?:
This is a good question. Yes, of course. If you need a milk-like product for your diet there are soy products, yogurt products, and almond milk.
There is a growing question in medicine if adult humans should continue to drink milk? There are so many GI problems related to lactose.
But, you do not need to milk. You can get your calcium in all sorts of other foods. ...Read more
Why not get it fresh: Soy/beans, nuts, wheat/whey, cooked fish, lean chickens, eggwhites, and lean meats are common protein sources and fresh fruits/veggies provide good vitamins for healhier you and pregnancy. Don't forget dairy and carbs are needed as well. Ensure/boost etc..Contain many vitamins but also chemical preservatives (to prolong shelf-life). If you have concerns, consult doc. Congrats and good luck. ...Read more
Probably yes: The usual dictum has been to remain on clear liquids the day before a colonoscopy exam. However, not uncommonly do we perform a colonoscopy on these patients and only find this out afterwards and usually the bowel preps are regarded as adequate. Please discuss this issue with your performing colonoscopist before doing so however. ...Read more
Calories: Look at the calories. Whichever has the most, would help you gain more weight. ...Read more
Not likely: Ensure is a processed food with a lot of sugar. It can be a help for debilitated older persons but a 29-year old with liver damage would do much better with eating lots of fresh vegetables and colorful fruits in 6 equal healthy meals with small quantities of high quality protein and olive oil. Persons with depression may need vit d 3 supplements. Exercise through the day. Pretend to jump roping. ...Read more
I really want to gain weight. Is there a herbal pill I can take. I drink ensure plus. I need help.
No, no herbal pills : For healthy weight gain. Eat healthy foods that are high in calories. Eat six meals per day. Work on strength training to build your large muscle groups. Work out with heavier weights with fewer repetitions. Sleep at least 8 to 9 hours per night. Hydrate well with water. ...Read more
I'm a 23-year-old female and I weigh around 138 lbs if I drink three ensures or nutriments a day will that help me gain weight?
Probably, but why?: For a woman in her twenties, 138 lbs sounds normal (but that depends on her height, and what she has been weighing over the past 12 months). In general, we doctors like to do things the natural way, meaning we prefer weight gain by eating nutritious foods that are part of a balanced diet. Balanced means a good variety of foods. Ensure comes in a can, but if needed, it will increase one's weight. ...Read more
I'm looking to lose weight I wanted to know if drinking ensure twice a day, morning/afternoon would help at all or if it would have any benefit?
Probably not best ..: But probably not particularly harmful. There are 220 calories in an 8 oz Ensure along with 9 grams of protein, a fair share of vitamins & minerals & fairly low in fat. So if you had 2 of these a day, that would be 440 calories in reasonable nutrition. You need to calculate what your reduced daily calorie goal is for weight loss, and make sure the remaining # of calories you eat are healthy. ...Read more
Weight gain: Weight gain occurs when an individuals intake of calories is >> than the expenditure of calories. Most people need 22-25 kcal/kg/d to maintain weight (kcal =1 food cal). If you exercise, you burn more calories & need more fuel; couch potatoes less! To gain 1 kilo/month you need to intake 500-1000 cal/day in excess of what your body requires. It can be w/ensure or any other good source of food. ...Read more
The math: Ensure plus = 350 calories. One pound = 3, 500 calories. 3, 500 calories divided by 350 calories = 10 days with all other factors remaining the same. ...Read more
That depends on how : Fast a rate of gain you desire ; how many calories your take in compared to how much you burn. Ensure plus is 350 calories ; there are 3, 500 calories per pound. ...Read more
Ensure and children: For a 13-year old to drink ensure every day there has to be a reason. Is the child a poor eater, or has health issues and not gaining weight or just lazy not to eat regular meals. If the child has health issues & not gaining weight it is okay to do so. It is otherwise better to sit down and enjoy your food in its natural form! ...Read more
Avoid Ensure...: More calories will help you gain weight but I do NOT advise Ensure, as it has many ingredients from GMO sources (corn sugars, soy, canola oil) and ingredients like synthetic Vit. E which are best avoided. You can go to a health food store and find a whey protein powder from grass-fed cows and mix it with organic juices. You will get just as many extra calories as Ensure but it will be healthier. ...Read more
I drink between 3 and 4 ensure plus drinks daily my poitassium is quite high can the ensure plus drinks cause thid?
How high?: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, Why are you taking this supplement? Do you have kidney disease? If your kidney function is normal, it can regulate potassium level. It would be prudent to consult a doctor. ...Read more
Am A 105Pound I Wish To Gain Atlease 20 More How Often Or How Much Ensure Plus Should I Drink To Gain That Amount Of weight?
My son is 16 &138lbs at 5 "11" he wants to gain weight & I was wondering if drinking 2 ensures a day will help and is it a safe method?
Hi ... I'm want to gain more weight. My current weight is 116 pounds. I've been drinking ensure plus and boost plus.how many should I drink a day?
Probably 2-3 bottles a day
in addition to your regular 1600 calories a day food intake to maintain 116 pounds at normal daily activities. This will add 500 extra calories per day.
There are 3500 calories in 1 pound of weight. If you add 500 calories a day in a week you will gain 1 pound of weight. 500 x 7=3500 calories ...Read more
I want to gain around 8-10 pounds. I'm currently 132 lbs and 5'7". I bought Ensure Plus and I was wondering how many would I need to drink a day?
What can I be prescribed to make me gain weight because i been 100 pounds half of my life and im now 26 years old. I've been drinking ensure and boost?
A matter of balance.: To gain a single pound, you must eat 3500 calories more than you use. This would translate to an increase in calories of 500/day to gain one pound in a week! Continue to be sure that your extra calories are nutritious, not junk. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, almond butter on whole grain toast, smoothies are other good examples. You probably don't get much sympathy, but it can be hard to gain! ...Read more
My appetite has been gone for 2 weeks now. I eat 1 or 2 bites and leave it. I've tried drinking ensure to boost it but it hasn't worked. What should I?
Appetite loss: Loss of appetite may be due to psychological or pathophysiological factors. Is pregnancy a possibility? If not, are there any concerns psychologically or emotionally? If not, and appetite loss(anorexia), and especially if there is weight loss,your physician should take a thorough history, perform a complete physical examination and order any appropriate tests in order to make a diagnosis. ...Read more
Decaf or no caf:
Most decaffeinated beverages have some caffeine.
There are non caffeine teas and other drinks such as soda and chocolate can have caffeine or substances that have the same or similar effects. The question might be what is the problem that you are having.? Is it anxiety or panic? If so these symptoms might need to be addressed by a psychological eval in addition to cutting down or out the caffeine. ...Read more
Water: Certain herbal teas. It is very important to avoid diet sodas & fruit juices, Some artificial sweetener may impact insulin release. Regularly drinking soda has been linked to Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, Diabetes, heart disease & metabolic syndrome. Other possible risks include: increased weight, decreased bone mineral density (BMD) obesity, erosion of tooth enamel, caries, mineral ...Read more
Depends: Your weight should be balanced to reflect your height, health, activity and bone structure. It is rare to need a liquid supplement to support your weight at your age. Please let your physician look over your food diary, and check some labs, to see if there is a medical problem. Stretch marks with dark color need to be checked. ...Read more
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