Help me gain weight.
November 19, 2012 7:57 AM Subscribe
Is it possible to healthily
gain and keep on 20-30 lbs without (regimented) exercise and while being on a low-carbohydrate diet?
posted by griphus to Food & Drink (35 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have a hard time gaining and keeping on weight. I don't generally have much of an appetite, I'm sated pretty quickly, and doing the "constantly eat things throughout the day" thing is a bit of an imposition. I'm on a low-carb diet because, so far, that's been the only solution to my chronic stomach pain. I'm also lactose intolerant, but I don't have a problem with greek yogurt and aged cheese.
I'm doing better than I've ever been about this: I have breakfast (usually a big fruit smoothie,) lunch (lunchmeat, some veggies, aged cheese, pickles, sometimes some fruit) and dinner (usually a bunch of meat and a bunch of cooked veggies, usually with pickled stuff and sometimes greek yogurt) and I sometimes have a snack (a second lunch, basically) before bed if dinner was early. On weekends, I'll sometimes eat stuff that's off the diet, like a burger with the bun or tacos. I drink maybe three or four Mexican Coca-Colas (500 ml, sugar rather than HFCS) a week as well.
So how do I cut in more calories? "Eat more food" is well and good, but my appetite hasn't significantly increased since eating better and more regularly. I'd like to do this in as healthy a manner as possible, so I guess I should be eating more calorie-rich things? We don't keep junk food in the house, and I'd rather not start. I was thinking about maybe putting protein powder in my smoothies in the morning, but is the whey stuff actually lactose-free? They cut straight lactose into a surprising amount of foods and supplements. Are there some sort of vitamins I ought to be taking?
Any ideas would help.