10 Healthy Ways to Put On Weight

These strategies can help you put on healthy pounds:

WEIGHT GAIN TIPS

1. First, let your doctor weigh in

If you’re recovering from an illness like cancer, ask your doctor if there are any limitations or considerations you should be aware of as you regain the weight.

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2. Power up your muscles

good nutrition and muscle building should go hand in hand, says David Creel, director of exercise physiology at the Bariatric & Metabolic Institute at Cleveland Clinic.

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3. Eat more often

For most healthy adults, three meals a day about five hours apart is the ideal meal schedule, Miner says. If you want to gain weight, though, you need to supersize it.

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4. Pump up the protein

To gain more muscle than fat, you need protein — and plenty of it. “As we get older, our body needs to take in a little bit more protein to stimulate muscle growth and for muscle maintenance,”

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5. Load up at breakfast

People tend to be hungry when they wake up in the morning, so use this to your advantage and eat a full breakfast.

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6. Increase calories — and fat

Even if they know they should gain weight, many people are afraid to add fat to their diets, says Bonnie Taub-Dix, dietitian and author of Read It Before You Eat It:

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