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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

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  • This article made a lot of sense. I agree with some of the comments readers have left about adding sugar etc...But it seems to be a choice 'Between the devil and the deep blue sea'?! I've never had much of an appetite, but I'm sure I was slimmer before I started eating only healthy foods.
    I've struggled for years with my weight and am always being told to 'eat less'. Even though my daily calories would rarely go over 800 I'm constantly looked at with disbelief when I mention it. I actually took my food and exercise diary to my GP, after reading through it she told me I must be forgetting about foods that I've eaten and overestimating the amount of exercise. Even though I don't want anyone else to go through what I do, it's refreshing to find that I'm not alone. It's a shame that society automatically regards anyone overweight as being 'greedy', There should be more public awareness to the problems of not eating enough!!
  • Thank you! for this article!!! My husband is and has always been at least 10 pounds underweight and currently has a BMI of 17.7. He eats a lot of junk food and never gains weight. (lucky for now). But he's been searching for ways to gain healthy weight. As for me, I am in my healthy weight range but I rarely hit my DR calories or carbs. I think this is why I've been able to eat poorly and still stay thin- and the reason I signed up for Sparkpeople. I am looking for HEALTHY ways to maintain my weight. =]
  • I need to lose 50 lbs this year! I had lost 35 pounds using sparkpeople 1.5 year ago. I got to a plateau for about 4 months with exercise 4 days a week. All of a sudden the weight loss stopped and I couldn't get it going again. I'm ready now ! I know that I probably have'nt been eating enough. Thanks for this article!
  • being diabetic, I have to not only get my calories up but I have to do it without adding additional carbs, fats and proteins...this is so difficult for me. I only need 1600 according to my dietician and I can't seem to get even 1500 in...I feel full all the time. I am eating my snacks, drinking my water, hard
  • I never really had a problem hitting my calorie range when I was sedentary (in fact, I often went over) - it was when I started working out consistently, and training for races, that I had trouble getting enough calories.

    I had hit a plateau in weight loss, despite running or working out five days a week and staying in the lower range of my calories. Then I actually put in an accurate count of the calories I was burning per week in my Fitness Tracker, and SP automatically adjusted my calorie range, bumping it up by 300 calories a day! It was hard eating all of those calories, but when I made the effort to eat within that range (trying to go as high as possible within the range) while continuing my training, I began to consistently lose, and have been ever since. My body needed fuel to function, plain and simple.

    I think this article has some good advice (eating more dairy products, more peanut butter/nuts, more whole grains), and some bad advice (adding sugar to your cereal?! just because it adds calories doesn't mean it's helping your body!), but is overall an interesting read.
  • This article is great. I've met tons and tons of people (and doctors!!) who do not believe me that I really can't seem to get enough calories. I'm quite overweight and young, but it's just not working for me. I was on weightwatchers for a while and tracking foods religiously, but by the time I ate the 6 servings fruit/veggies and I went extra on meat, I was full. Day after day I realized I could eat 1 or even 2 whole candy bars and still be within a normal "points" allotment. I like adding cheese to things, and try to drink 12 oz of milk in the morning, but it's still under. I don't even feel like tracking because I know it's not enough. I've got to start planning days ahead of time. -_-
  • I appreciate the expert advice. I will consult a dietian in my area so I do a healthy much needed overhaul of my food pantry.
    Add sugar to cereals or drinks? That's ridiculous. There are much better options than this available that don't perpetuate this country's addiction to sugar.
  • Great article... I just mentioned something in another blog about this very issue. I get to the end of the night and log in what I ate... always, always about half the minimum protein and carbs.
    nuts? cheese? yogurt? for me, the proportion of protein and carbs is far outweighed by the fat that I usually already am over (because of that "handful/30 pieces/1/4 cup nuts" and whatever I grab for lunch which because of not eating most of the rest of the day, I allow myself a bit of freedom to choose without going overboard).
    I finally settle on super-enriched high protein pasta.... the proportion of carbs and protein without the fat is about right for me, but wow, does it stuff me!
    getting the balance right drives me nuts... well, can't have much of those, can we?
  • While I need to lose 50 pounds, my 22-year-old college son struggles to NOT lose weight. Want to send him this article, but he is allergic to dairy and nuts. Any suggestions for him? THANK YOU !
  • CAC1955
    Before I found Spark People and started tracking my food, I never met 1000 calories a day. I thought I was doing so good with the fruits and veggies. Now I know better and the food tracker helps me meet my daily goals.
  • This is a great article and so true! I had tried losing weight unsuccessfully in the past and ever since I started measuring/tracking my food with SparkPeople I have been losing a pound a week steadily and am eating more food than ever before. More HEALTHY food. I was shocked when I realized that I was under eating, which was thwarting my weightloss efforts. (No weightloss despite working out 6 days a week was a huge bummer!) Then I would have days that I was eating an unbelievable amount of fat/calories.

    I don't feel deprived or hungry at all anymore and am looking forward to reaching my goal weight this year.
  • I truly enjoyed this article. I DO NOT enough and what I eat is healthy. I just have a hard time fathoming eating 5-6 times a day no matter how small the portions. This article has so inspired me. Thank you so much!!
    Thanks for the tips. My biggest issue is that my appetite problems are because of my medication and I can't stop taking it (I really won't eat then). I was always a healthy eater, then add to that never being hungry and my calorie intake was only around 700. I'm just glad I'm not the only one, I keep getting the "eye-roll" every time I talk about it.
  • JMD459
    There are many, many days when I don't even make it to 1000 calories. I am very much overweight, but it has always been the food choices, not the total amount of food I put into my mouth that made me this way. Now that I have given up the chips, the candy, the ice cream, and the baked goods, I find I am full with hardly any calories of healthy foods.

    I am trying to figure out how to put some of the ideas in this article into my diet to bring myself up to my necessary calorie intake.

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