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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results


  • SUPPORT2010
    Sometimes I become weary of meal planning and eat too little to not gain. The tips on adding calories are useful until I reorganize and plan meals properly again. - 3/25/2010 9:34:42 AM
  • Thank you. You gave good suggestions for me on my road to weight gain. - 2/25/2010 5:09:13 AM
  • It is nice to know we are not alone.
    This has always been my struggle.
    People look at me and automatically assume I eat too much because I'm "over weight" when in fact the opposite is true.
    It was tracking my eating habits that showed me how little I was eating and no wonder I was over weight and sick. - 1/26/2010 2:36:33 PM
  • I don't have a problem geting the right amount of calories but I do have a problem getting the folate I need and I eat salad,spinach and some type of green daily. - 1/18/2010 11:11:26 PM
  • It's so good to hear there are other people out there who have problems hitting their calorie goals. The only days I get up into my range seem to be the rare ones when I have an Amaretto. Certainly not the way I want to add my calories, and not something I can do on a regular basis! I enjoyed the healthy suggestions for boosting calorie intake, such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. My problem seems to be that I have zero appetite and almost never feel hungry. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there a group for people like us on Spark? - 11/18/2009 11:14:03 AM
  • hello all i prepare my meals for the day in advance so i know how much i have eaten by what is in my food box.calories are counted and portions just makes my busy day so much easier.hen i dont stand aroud thinking of things to eat. or worryin that i havent eatten enough. try it. - 6/30/2009 3:13:05 PM
  • Great article! Thanks a million for the ideas. Almost every day from my first week, I've been a couple hundred calories short of my minimum goal for the day. Hard to believe that a person following the guidelines otherwise to a "T" would need to be counseled on not eating enough. LOL. - 5/9/2009 10:25:10 PM
    Loved the article. The whole month I've been on SP I have had a hard time getting enough calories or nutrients. Gives some ideas to help, but I've also tried to just follow their meal plans almost and see if it helps. - 3/25/2009 6:07:47 PM
  • I was very glad for the article! My goal is 1000-1200 a day and I usually have to eat something in the evening to bring up my calories! I am on a high protien diet, and the calories and carbs are usually low. Like another member said, I will take what I need from the article and leave the rest. I will not be adding sugar, gravy, etc, but will have some nuts and maybe a serving of peanut butter once in a while, maybe that will help. My calories have been averaging 950 or so a day, I've lost 3 1/2 lbs in the past 3 wks, so slow, but sure. I would like to pick it up a little though. Thanks for the article SP!! - 3/21/2009 10:30:45 AM
  • I loved this article. I have always had a hard time eating enough calories and since starting SP and tracking know I don't eat enough calories. We are sometimes a forgotten group. Thanks SparkPeople for realizing some of us need to eat more than we use to in order to be healthy. - 3/12/2009 9:38:30 AM
  • I loved this article! I find it very difficult to meet even 1200 calories a day. I have celiac's disease (inability to metabolize gluten (wheat starch) properly). I lost weight eating six small gluten-free meals (even though I was full).

    Last year, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and started living on fruits and vegetables (more veggies than fruit) -- then I started gaining weight. I met with a dietitian ('cause I immediately thought I was overeating and needed to "diet").

    She reamed me out and accused me of having a death wish and being anorexic because I was starving myself. I knew the accusations weren't true, but started keeping track of my calories to prove her wrong.

    Well, she was right about the calories (I was lucky if I hit 500 calories). I have to basically eat all day just to get 1000 calories a day. (I did it today for the first time in months, and my husband teased me about spending all day in the kitchen.)

    My problem is, I get full very quickly and I hate the over-full ("beached whale") feeling after eating. This article was most helpful. Thank you, SparkPeople! You ROCK! - 3/7/2009 7:43:03 PM
  • I am glad to see this post, as I often struggle to get enough calories in each day. However, like several other posters, I was disappointed to see some unhealthy suggestions - adding sugar, butter/mayo, gravy, cheese, etc. While those options are high in calorie, I don't think they fill the nutritional needs that we have. The eggs, nuts, and avocados are better options -- would've liked to have seen more healthy foods that are also high in calories. - 2/7/2009 9:21:28 PM
    I'm glad for all of the advice in this column, I'm not only habitually short on my calories - I'm ridiculously low on my fats. There has been one day in the last 6 weeks where I actually got the amount of fats recommended by the tracker. As for calories - I eat 5x's a day and I'm still 400-500 calories short a day.

    I think everyone needs to take the advice they can use and apply it the way they best can. I know that I will be ditching the low/non fat foods and maybe using 1tbsp mayo on my lunch sandwiches instead of 1tbsp nonfat Miracle whip - I'll up my fats as well as get the added calories I need. I will likely be swapping out full fat yogurt for non fat as well. Again, I need the fats. this will be on top of the flaxseed and avocados I use to up my fats (and still fall ridiculously short on). Raw nuts are cost prohibitive for me at this time so those are not an option.

    Now if I could just figure out how to get my carbs up (also habitually low and I don't think I've made my target zone in 6 weeks) I'd be doing darn well - 2/7/2009 6:28:29 PM
  • i don't usually have any trouble reaching my calorie goals - usually I have to be careful not to eat too much! But I don't have many foods I dislike so that makes it easy. Still I think the idea of eating more fruits & veggies helps put in extra calories as does eating (or drinking low-fat dairy (cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.) I don't know how many people have heard of Kefir, but it's sort of like a yogurt smoothie, but has more probiotics than regular yogurt. Also, when I DO have trouble getting enough to eat I drink a Boost or an Ensure. They're not TOO high in calories & are complete nutrition. - 2/7/2009 5:10:23 PM
  • Liked the info on needing more calories to lose more weight...I know it's hard to believe but it's true...I was down to 1100-1200 cals (Not low for most) but I was working out twice as hard ususal a 2hr cardio session with a 40-80 min strength training sessions - and gaining weight!!! Yes - Gaining weight!!! (and no it wasn't muscle)

    I would agree with most, stay away from the unhealthy fat and empty calories. Stick with the "MUFA's" (nuts, seeds, avacado, olives & olive oil, omega 3's...) & complex carbs.

    I didn't see protein shakes - that's a nutritional beverage. The new Whey protein powders (mixed with skim milk & a shot of flaxseed oil) has really helped me - one of those after an awesome workout, hits the spot and gets my calories, protein & (healthy) fats up!!! And I don't even use a mixer...I just stir and then shake...tastes like a thick milk shake!!!

    Good Luck to all - Keep it positive and positive things will happen!!! - 2/7/2009 1:38:57 PM

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