Gaining weight involves an increase in the weight of the body, which can be either an increase in fat deposits, muscle mass, or excess fluids like water. Gaining weight without an increase in the intake of calorie-rich foods could indicate the presence of a serious health condition, in some cases as a result of imbalance of thyroid hormones responsible for weight loss or weight gain.
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This article discusses the methods for gaining weight in a healthy way, which means that the individual does not have any serious health condition.
Gaining weight requires eating hefty foods which are denser and have extra condiments. Some options are:
- Breads – some examples are dense breads like oat bran, whole wheat, pumpernickel and rye. These provide nutrients to the body than white bread. Cutting thick slices, spread them generously with peanut butter, honey, jam or hummus.
- Drinks – good drinks are juices, and whole milk.
- Vegetables – good options are starchy vegetables such as peas, potatoes, corn, winter squash, carrots and beets. Water-based vegetables such as broccoli, zucchini, green beans, cauliflower and cucumbers should be avoided.
- Soups –Instead of broth-based soups, it is good to take hearty cream soups. High sodium content soups should be avoided by people living with high blood pressure.
- Fruits – good options are dense fruit like bananas, apples, pears, and pineapple, much better than watery fruit like oranges, plums, peaches, berries and watermelon.
- Added oils – more oils should be added when cooking, the healthiest unrefined oils being olive, coconut, palm, canola, and butter. Other options, though not as healthy, which could be considered are the ones rich in omega-6 fatty acids, like safflower, peanut and sunflower oils.….READ MORE ON THE NEXT PAGE