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My Doctor Said I Need to Gain Weight. What Should I Eat That’s also Healthy?

For some people who are too thin, weight gain can be just as hard as weight loss. You need to eat more calories than you burn, but do this in a healthful way. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Eat more frequently. If your appetite is small, try 5 to 6 small meals a day. This will also allow you to eat more foods from all the MyPlate food groups.
  • Choose some foods with concentrated calories such as dried fruits, nuts, peanut butter and cheese.
  • Drink fluids 30 minutes before and after meals—not with meals. By limiting beverages at mealtime you'll have more room for food.
  • Consult with a registered dietitian for a personalized eating plan for healthy weight gain.

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