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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results


  • 777GRACE
    so glad I am not the only one. I do some of these ideas but will try harder. I have no appetite from an illness and I had a bad eating habit of only eating one meal a day to "lose wight" which didn't work. Sometimes I feel guilty for not eating enough caloires when everyone else in my support group is struggling the opposite. I need to rid myself of stinking thinking!!! - 5/25/2010 7:17:23 AM
  • Thanks! I'm on a med that makes me not eat and I have a hard time remembering that I need to put food in my mouth. I'm also on a treatment diet for epilepsy which will only work if I EAT! I finding using the webpage and the Android app this week have been very helpful to see just how many calories I'm actually getting in and when I need to hit my old trick of drinking a pint or so of whipping cream to make up for it. - 5/19/2010 12:25:54 AM
  • I to do not eat enough to lose weight. I started using SP on 5/12 and had at my doctors request been keeping a food log since Mother's day. I was SHOCKED to see what my dietary report for each day had to say! I thought I had PIGGED out on Mother's Day but in fact it was the ONLY day I had actually eaten enough! I was consistantly eating 1/2 of the calories I needed! NO wonder I felt awful! Meal Planning is the hardest part for me to. Any help would be appreciated. - 5/15/2010 12:27:55 PM
  • I have a problem with no appetite and rarely eat. When I do eat, I for the most part eat very healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables are among my favorite foods, and I eat other good foods as well. I just dont eat enough. Any suggestions Please. - 5/3/2010 12:59:17 AM
  • 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

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