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Which foods can I eat to gain healthy weight to gain mass?

Which foods can I eat to gain healthy weight to gain mass?

Calories + protein: The addition of calorie dense foods such as nuts, whole grain pastas, raisins, whole milk, pure fruit juices, butter, avocado, and complex carbohydrates is a healthy way to add more calories to your diet. Lean proteins are also important. Exercising to build muscle mass will increase weight and metabolism, and improve overall mood and health. Good luck! ...Read more

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If I am healthy weight even a little underweight is junk food still bad for me? Even though I gain no weight. Still eat my veg & fruit

If I am healthy weight even a little underweight is junk food still bad for me? Even though I gain no weight. Still eat my veg & fruit

There is plenty of: Evidence that high fat, high salt foods are unhealthy even though you are at normal weight. Too much fat, carbohydrate and salt can adversely impact your blood fats (cholesterol and triglyceride levels), blood sugar, blood pressure, etc, and increase your risk for future blood vessel problems, cancer and other problems. Keep up with fruits/veggies; junk food is only an OCCASIONAL treat. Stay well! ...Read more

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Please suggest what foods should I eat to gain weight, but stay healthy?

Please suggest what foods should I eat to gain weight, but stay healthy?

Eat 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, dried fruits, extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, protein shakes, . ...Read more

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What are healthy ways to gain weight? And what foods can I eat to gain weight?

What are healthy ways to gain weight? And what foods can I eat to gain weight?

See Dr., then eat...: If one is truly underweight (based on height, family background, and body type), a Dr. Can evaluate for a hormonal, digestive, or other disorder. If no medical cause is found, then one can add weight by eating more calories of nutritious foods, while also doing weight-training to increase muscle. Proteins: egg white, chicken breast, salmon, ... Better fats: olive oil, peanuts, almonds, tofu, .... ...Read more

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What to do if I want to gain weight the healthy way. What kind of food should I eat?

What to do if I want to gain weight the healthy way. What kind of food should I eat?

Complex carbohydrate: 5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. 3-5 ounces of lean meat, chicken or fish as protein, or eggs, or 1 cup of milk. Complex carbohydrates as whole grains, 1/4 of your plate servings. 1/2 your plate should be fresh fruits and or vegetables. And 1/4 of your plate should be protein. Beans and legumes are also healthy carbohydrates. Take in more calories than you need and you will gain. ...Read more

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I am wondering what healthy foods must I eat to gain enough weight to donate blood?

I am wondering what healthy foods must I eat to gain enough weight to donate blood?

Nothing specific: Eating all healthy foods will help you gain weight. Remember to lose weight you must use more calories then you consume; to maintain weight you must be in balance; and to gain weight you must consume more calories then you use. ...Read more

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What are the healthy ways to gain weight? What foods should I eat? I'm 18, 5'4 and weighs only 90 pounds.

What are the healthy ways to gain weight? What foods should I eat? I'm 18, 5'4 and weighs only 90 pounds.

None.: No artificial ways to gain wt. U should be lucky u don't have a wt problem otherwise u will be obese later. Only natural growth, regular food, may include high ca foods, avoid any supplements they all come from food, don't forget exercise. ...Read more

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With what foods can a vegetarian have to gain back healthy weight?

With what foods can a vegetarian have to gain back healthy weight?

Calories + protein: The addition of calorie dense foods such as nuts, whole grain pastas, raisins, whole milk, pure fruit juices, butter, avocado, and complex carbohydrates is a healthy way to add more calories to your diet. Proteins are also important. Exercising to build muscle mass will increase weight and metabolism, and improve overall mood and health. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can you please explain the healthiest food I can eat to gain weight?

Can you please explain the healthiest food I can eat to gain weight?

Why do you wish to: Gain weight? How tall are you and how much do you weigh? Please consult your doctor before embarking on your plan to gain weight. If you are otherwise healthy, there is usually no reason to try to gain weight. ...Read more

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Is it unhealthy to eat junk food if I'm trying to gain weight? Will it affect my health?

Is it unhealthy to eat junk food if I'm trying to gain weight? Will it affect my health?

Yes & Yes.: Yes. The reason is that many of these foods are high in calories, high in simple sugars & high in saturated fat. Processed foods also tend to have a high salt content. Junk food usually has lower nutritional value than healthy foods. You know the old adage: junk in - junk out. The junk is the outcome for your body. ...Read more

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Hi, I'm about 5, 6 and roughly 110 lbs. I've been trying to gain weight, I eat plenty of healthy food most of the time and workout. What els can I do?

Hi, I'm about 5, 6 and roughly 110 lbs. I've been trying to gain weight, I eat plenty of healthy food most of the time and workout. What els can I do?

Weight gain: Gaining weight is excess calories. Being 16 you're burning calories like a furnace. Muscle gain is the desired goal, increase in total calories is needed. Up protein, carbs, n maintain fat content (don't lower or raise it) exercise should be focused on beginner weight training, and a trainer is highly recommended to avoid injury. Go slow and don't rush, proper technique trumps heavy weights. ...Read more

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Can you suggest a list of foods to eat to gain weight healthy?

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, 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. ...Read more

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What kind of food do I need to eat to be health and gain weight if im weight lifting?

What kind of food do I need to eat to be health and gain weight if im weight lifting?

Lean protein: Cheap whey or (for vegetarians) soy powders are readily available. Lean meat, especially chicken and fish, are on your menu if you like them. What's more important is avoid the very greasy / very sugary / very salty stuff that most of us tend to overeat -- don't buy any, and impress your friends by preferring fruits & vegetables; you may find they taste better anyway! ...Read more

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I want to gain weight. What is a healthy food that will help that? Or what could I eat a lot of? I weigh 121 I lost 4 lbs recently.

I want to gain weight. What is a healthy food that will help that? Or what could I eat a lot of? I weigh 121 I lost 4 lbs recently.

Protein and Fat: I would suggest increasing your caloric intake with smaller more frequent meals. Lean protein (e.g. free range chicken, wild salmon, legumes) and healthy fats (nuts, coconut oil, avocado) can help with gains in lean muscle mass and weight. I would be careful consuming increased amounts of sugar (e.g. high fructose corn syrup) which will lead to unhealthy weight gain. ...Read more

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Is it healthy for a teenager to have a big appetite? Is it wrong for a teenager to have a big appetite? My daughter is 14 years old and she eats all the time but she doesn't gain weight. She says she loves food. Is this normal. I was young too and can eat

Is it healthy for a teenager to have a big appetite? Is it wrong for a teenager to have a big appetite? My daughter is 14 years old and she eats all the time but she doesn't gain weight. She says she loves food. Is this normal. I was young too and can eat

Most: Most girls have a growth spurt between the ages of 10 to 14 years old. This is a time of growth as well as the development that comes with puberty. Your daughter may require extra calories. If she is physically active she will be burning calories faster. You can check with your doctor to see if she is in the normal weight range for a girl of her height. What is important is that she eats healthy and well balanced meals, hydrates well with water and remains physically active. One possible drawback to eating large amounts is that it can become a habit. As she gets older or if she becomes more sedentary, her caloric needs can decrease. If that happened and she continued to have a high food intake (especially if we are talking junk food); then she could experience an unhealthy weight gain. ...Read more

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How do I gain weight and build some muscles. I do eat a lot of healthy food but it doesn't seem to work?

How do I gain weight and build some muscles. I do eat a lot of healthy food but it doesn't seem to work?

Resistance training: In order to gain muscle weight you have to challenge your muscles. Lifting weights is a good way to challenge your muscles to grow. You would need to take in more calories than you need based on your age and weight in order to gain weight if you are lifting. You would also need at least 1gram per kilogram of body weight of protein to help build new muscle. ...Read more

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Healthy and beneficial foods for a hypoglycemic. Eat a lot of carbs but I'm gaining weight : (?

Healthy and beneficial foods for a hypoglycemic. Eat a lot of carbs but I'm gaining weight : (?

Hypoglycemia only: Exists if you have diabetes and are on an incorrect dose of medication. Otherwise, there is no such thing in the absence of end-stage cancer, kidney or liver disease, or prior stomach or GI surgery. The diagnosis of hypoglycemia is made frequently and incorrectly in many people. It is not really hypoglycemia, and not dangerous but a normal body reaction if you're obese. Eat less/lose weight. ...Read more

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Possible to eat healthy food and still gain weight?

Possible to eat healthy food and still gain weight?

Yes: If you eat too many calories, healthy food or not, you will gain weight. ...Read more

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What healthy food could I eat during my pregnancy so I won't gain much weight? Could I work out even though I am one month?

What healthy food could I eat during my pregnancy so I won't gain much weight? Could I work out even though I am one month?

Many options: Be sure to eat a well balanced, nutritious diet containing lean protein, fruits, and vegetables. Avoid raw or undercooked food, as well as soft cheeses as they could contain bacteria that might harm the fetus. You can also take prenatal vitamins to supplement. Light, non-strenuous exercise is okay too, as long as you used to exercise before you became pregnant. ...Read more

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