What are some of the best foods to eat if you are trying to gain weight?
Eat larger portions of every food group – meats, dairy, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats. Also eat more often by eating 3 meals and 3 snacks. Plan to eat something every 2 to 3 hours during waking hours. Focus on meat, whole grains, vegetables and dairy with some healthy fats (tree nuts, avocado, olive and peanut oils) at meals. Plan to eat fruit, tree nuts, or whole grains as snacks which should keep you satisfied till the next meal in 2 to 3 hours.
Also so that you gain muscle weight and not just fat weight, exercise 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week doing a combination of aerobic exercise to minimize body fat along with every other day 30 minutes of lifting weights using large muscle groups (arms, legs, back).
If you are unsure how many calories to eat to achieve your goal, try my Healthy Body Calculator® (HBC) where you can enter your physical data. Remember to choose a weight goal of gain 1 or 2 pounds per week. Then on your HBC results page copy your HBC Calorie Goal.
If you would like a personalized healthy eating plan, try my HELP Healthy Eating for Life Plan® (HELP). Paste your Calorie Goal into HELP and re-enter your physical data to get a personalized eating plan. You can choose what type of milk, meat or vegetarian, beans or not, snacks or not to personalize your HELP eating plan. Print your eating plan and check off foods you eat at each meal and snack so that you achieve your weight goal by eating more food.
Then when you reach your weight goal, re-do the Healthy Body Calculator® and choose to maintain your weight as a goal. Then re-do HELP Healthy Eating for Life Plan® again copying your Calorie Goal from HBC to HELP to get a personalized eating plan to maintain your weight.