Meals for weight gain

For gaining weight an allowance of 500 to 1000 extra calories per day you should get. Daily energy requirements can be calculated on the basis of the individual’s present weight. If 2000 calories is normally needed to maintain present weight, 2500 to 3000 calories would be required to achieve weight gain. The intake should be increased gradually to these levels to avoid gastric discomfort and periods of discouragement or electrolyte imbalance and heart dysfunction. 

The energy distribution of the diet should be about 30% of the calories from fat, with the majority from monounsaturated or polyunsaturated sources and at least 12%-15% of the calories from protein.

The underweight person frequently must be encouraged to eat, even if not hungry. In addition to larger meals, snacks are usually necessary to adequately increase the energy intake. Often a liquid supplement taken with meals or between meals is effective because it is easy to prepare and consume and it includes extra vitamins and minerals in addition to the macronutrients.

Meal samples, that gives you an extra calories (serve between meals).

500 calories – 1 cup dry cereal, 1 cup whole milk, 1 banana, 1 slice toast with 1 tbsp peanut butter.

500 calories – 8 saltine crackers, 1 oz cottage cheese and 1 cup ice cream.

500 calories – 6 graham cracker squares, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 cup orange juice, 2 tbsp raisins.

500 calories – 2 slices bread, 2 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp jam, 1 cup apricot nectar.

500 calories – 4 tbsp raisins, 1 cup orange juice, instant breakfast with whole milk.

1000 calories – 8 oz fruit flavored whole milk yogurt, 1 slice bread, 2 oz cheese, 1 apple, ¼ of 14 inch cheese pizza, 1 small banana.

1000 calories – instant breakfast with whole milk, 1 cup cottage cheese, ½ cup pineapple, 1 cup apple juice, 6 graham cracker squares, 1 pear.

1000 calories – 8 oz fruit flavored whole milk yogurt, ¾ cup roasted peanuts, 4 graham cracker squares.

1000 calories – 1 baked custard, 1 cup dry cereal, 1 cup whole milk, 1 bagel, 2 tbsp cream cheese, 1 banana.

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