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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results


  • 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
    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 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
  • Can't get enough calories? Need to eat more? I wish that were my problem. I simply cannot relate. - 12/16/2007 12:12:23 PM
    Good tips. I liked adding honey to cereal. I tried to cut back too much to lose weight, but I have since learned that that is not the way to do it. - 12/16/2007 11:05:18 AM
  • I've found myself low on calories a few times and my body seems to want to make up for it the next day so I believe it's a good idea to add those calories. To answer one of the posts, V-8 juice is a nutrient rich drink, I happen to like it even in the low salt version. I would add low fat sour cream, low fat milk, etc. and agree with the posters who disagree with adding more sugar. We get way too much of it in packaged foods as it is, along with way too much salt. Try finding a high fiber cereal without sugar added in the grocery store for example. - 12/16/2007 10:48:48 AM
    I think most of these are good tips. I have to agree with the other comments about adding the sugars, creams, and fats. However, peanut butter is good for you. Don't eat a lot of it. But a serving of peanut butter a day is fine. Here is one article and if you do a search you'll find plenty more. As mentioned in one of the comments if I need extra calories I eat a nutritionally dense food not something sugary or fatty. - 12/16/2007 9:30:54 AM
  • I am surprised to see a recommendation to ADD honey and sugars to cereals (that are already, usually, high in sugar and carbohydrates). Most of these recommendations would be very bad advice to anyone sensitive to blood sugar fluctuations (diabetics, people on Atkins etc)- since most them include increased carbohydrate consumption.

    And the recommendation of consuming nutrient rich drinks? Can you name a low-sugar nutrient-rich drink?

    I am VERY surprised by these recommendations. - 12/16/2007 8:42:21 AM
  • On the one hand, I have frequently found that decreasing exercise and increasing nutritional eating (calories from nutritionally dense foods) can help with weight loss. For my body, three days to a week of this is plenty, and I see a 1-2 pound drop at the end. However, I don't think it makes sense to add sugar to foods or increase portions of unhealthy fats, which are in many of the foods suggested. Adding healthy foods that also happen to be high in calories has always worked for me: avocados, nuts, an extra banana. Also, don't forget whole grain rice, whole grain pasta! An extra half a cup of those give you healthy carbs and fiber, and won't increase cravings for unhealthy foods. Just because more calories are needed doesn't mean one has to go on sodium or saturated fats. Of course, ice cream and a square of chocolate now and then won't hurt - everything in moderation. - 12/16/2007 5:32:40 AM
  • I know we all need some fat but ice cream, peanut butter, cheese, creamed soups, dips? Why would I want to go back to eating all that fat when I'm trying to burn the fat I've got on me from eating exactly those things? I occasionally have trouble getting the recommended number of calories, but I've been looking more to complex carbs, small servings of almonds, walnuts, & lean protein to get them. That stuff is a once in a blue moon for me, and in very small amounts. I don't like having it in the house because I know I'll ultimately overindulge. - 12/16/2007 1:56:41 AM

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