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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results

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  • Thank you for this article. My hubby has never been interested in food. Because of some health issues, he needs to gain weight desperately. I have done most of the things on this list, but it has given me some ideas on how to make the same meal for both of us, while making his more calorie laden. I had never thought about using powdered milk as an addition for him. - 1/11/2009 11:00:00 AM
  • LNAGEL- Those foods are recommended b/c they are high in calories but with little volume or filling power. For people who have trouble eating enough due to lack of hunger, often higher-cal, less filling foods are the way to go. - 1/7/2009 1:46:54 PM
  • I think this article has it's uses for some who just arn't hungry enough to eat a larger volume of food (aka, another serving of whole grains, protein, dairy etc), but I question the advice to add butter, sugar and other "empty" calories to one's diet. Nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and yogurts are all low-volume-high-calorie, palatable foods that are healthier than whole milk, sour cream and mayonnaise. - 1/7/2009 1:16:01 PM
  • ARCHLANC
    I love a toasted Orowheat whole wheat English muffin with Smart Balance spread. - 8/4/2008 10:14:38 AM
  • ARCHLANC
    I agree with several of the posts that question some of the suggestions. To add calories, simply eat some kind of nuts. This gives you some healthy fat and lots of other nutrients. Why would anyone recommend more margarine???? - 8/4/2008 10:13:03 AM
  • I don't see how "add extra mayonnaise and margarine" to things is any kind of a healthy tip. As stated above, an extra serving of a whole-grain carb (pasta, rice) will give you just as many calories and won't be upping your flubber intake. Eat a half an avocado, have a handful of nuts, have some almond butter and wheat toast... But smear mayonnaise and margarine on stuff? Not productive. - 6/24/2008 4:15:08 PM
  • Great article. I think the mistake is thinking we have to "pig out" on these foods. Portion control is what is important. I used many of these ideas to get my "picky eater" children to eat what was "good for them", so these are good suggestions. - 5/19/2008 9:18:40 AM
  • TD_CLARK88
    I dont understand why it is always recommended to eat pretzels. Aren't they just empty carbs? - 5/16/2008 2:09:22 AM
  • DYCARPENTER
    This is an excellent article for me. I have been lately having trouble getting my calories within range. As I have gotten closer to my goal, my appetite has lessened and, of course, I am now on a plateau that has lasted for a month. I needed some insight and this article provides it. Thanks - 5/9/2008 12:45:00 PM
  • MAG1955
    There have been many times when I have eaten too little and wondered why the weight didn,t shift. This article is extremely useful to me. Thank you. - 4/7/2008 7:10:37 AM
  • This article is right on time. I'm one who has a habit of eating too little and can usually (and do...no DID) go all day w/o eating. I know this isn't healthy and has caused my body to go into 'starvation mode' and store fat for energy. I didn't however know how to change it when I didn't have much of an appetite or simply wasn't hunger. This is my 1st month w/SP and it has been hard for me to even meet some of my minimum caloric intake on some days. I'm unfortunately a 'picky eater' and find it hard to substitue some of the meal suggestions. This article has helped me to see that in some ways I'm 'on track' for gaining calories in a nutrious way, and has also introduced me to a few suprisingly tastey ones. Thank you, Becky - 4/1/2008 9:27:32 PM
  • Thanks for an article so full of information. My problem is that I am not hungry and so I am not getting the calories I need. I assume that it will balance out when my body gets used to the increase in liquids that keep me feeling full. I put the article on my fridge so I have the choice right there when packing my lunch for work. - 3/31/2008 4:11:32 PM
  • I was grateful to find this article for years I couldnt fig out why I would gain so much weight and I only ate between 500-800 calories a day. After all thoes years of eating that way its been hard to get to 1000 first couple of weeks I was sick everyday and didnt feel like working out. but now can get to 1100- 1300 and not get sick but am dropping 2 lbs a week. Thxs for the tips!!!!!! - 12/17/2007 1:24:30 PM
  • Awesome! Great tips, here it is almost 6:30 pm and I've got to think of something to bring up my calories, (esp. fat, today my diet is low in that nutrient.) Read this in the nick of time! =) - 12/16/2007 9:16:10 PM
  • I find if I cann't make the total calaries and carbs I am suppose to eat I wil have a snack of sunflower seeds. I know they are high in salt so I don't eat too many and they bring my protein count up as well. - 12/16/2007 12:16:19 PM

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