What diet should I follow to gain weight without affecting my cholesterol?


Thanks again for the prompt reply and the very useful information. I liked your message especially because it is very encouraging. It suits my kind of age, health, and situation. We sometimes use olive oil too, but mostly Canola oil and some margarine (Canola oil or corn oil) only on Saturday and Sunday with bread at lunchtime. So taking two peanut sandwich a week should be OK.

My weight problem is another problem as I’m underweight and have been so all my life. I want to gain weight and want to look healthier, but dieting with cholesterol fear in mind would not let me go beyond 134 pounds. I m 5 feet 8 inches, 61 years, but weigh only 134 pounds. I eat full three meals a day and still can’t gain weight. Any diet plan to gain weight without affecting the cholesterol count, please advise.

No, we don’t add eggs to the custard. we buy custard packets after reading the labels. I take two boiled eggs in a week, but only the white part, no yolk. At present with all my precautions, my cholesterol count is 220. This is very encouraging to know that I don’t have to fear much about cholesterol after 60. I have read a few articles on cholesterol, but this is new to me. And I liked it immensely and told my wife immediately. 🙂 No, I did not. With warm regards and a million thanks.

Actually, underweight is an asset to a longer life. Your healthy weight is 121 to 163 pounds. When you add your data to the Healthy Body Calculator, select to gain 1 pound per week. A good middleweight for you would be 142 pounds so you don’t need to gain that much weight.

Since you are underweight, use mono- and polyunsaturated fats like olive oil and peanut oil in addition to limiting egg yolks. Your elevated cholesterol may be genetic. You also need to keep your fat calories between 25% and 30% of all the calories you eat. More lean poultry and fish, starches, bread, low fat or fat-free milk products, fruits and vegetables should help you gain weight. You may need larger portions or snacks between meals to gain a few pounds.

Do you exercise? A regular program of 30 minutes of exercise 5 times per week may help lower your cholesterol and raise your HDL cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein) which is the good kind of fat. Also, exercise, especially weight lifting would encourage muscle gain instead of more body fat. Lastly, exercise stresses bones and helps keep them strong, dense and less likely to break.