Is there a healthy way of putting weight on?

I need to gain about 50 pounds to be a "healthy weight" is there a way of doing without having to eat a load of junk food?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • First of all, redefine 'junk food'. Some food is processed garbage, and I would say is 'junk'. But a lot of foods that people think of as 'unhealthy' are not unhealthy per se - they are simply calorie dense. Since most people are overweight, sedantary and eat lots of those foods, they talk of them as 'unhealthy'. But they are simply overconsuming them.

    If you're highly active, you really need to be eating quite a bit. What do you like? Cheese, higher fat meats, nuts, avocadoes, whole grains, are all things you can and probably should be eating tons of.

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    • If you swim a fair bit, you need to eat a ton. Not only the exercise, but simply being in water ramps up your calorie needs.

      There is a reason michael phelps was eating 10,000 calories a day to stay at a constant weight.

What Guys Said 5

  • It's called working out and eating a reasonably healthy diet. But no one needs to gain 50 pounds, I don't care how skinny you are. Good gried, Charlie Brown.

    Start by chasing women. It's good exercise and if you're skinny, they'll call your attention to that, because they tend to be mean and nasty.

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  • I guess you can try eating more food. Calories aren't what you are looking for. Calories represent amount of 1kg sth that burst into fire on some temperature(to say it like this). You'll need to go on some kind of work-out(pilates, aerobic) and to start on some program. Remember that you can't see results over night. There are many healthy ways to gain weight ;)

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    • Thanks, I do running and swimming, and go to the gym aswell though :)

    • Well I'll give you a little hint 'cause I swim and run also ;) Best would be swiming 'cause with runing your legs will develop nicely but rest of body will be thin but if you go swimming(atleast sth like 3 times a week), you'll get best results. First because you'll need to eat more just to "take back" energy you losted but that same stuff you eat (vegetables, junk...)will make muscle tissue instead of fat ;) Just don't go to much 'cause boys usually don't like girls with big shoulders :D

  • yeah you can eat healthy food. You should go see a nutrition specialist if you plan on putting on that much weight in a healthy way. by the way, if you don't mind me asking, what is your age, weight and height?

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    • Im 18, 5'5 and weigh 84 pounds :)

    • I think you should definitely talk to a nutrition specialist. It's very smart to learn about your health, exercise and a good diet. When you have that knowledge you will feel better about yourself and its good information to share with others. If you are scared or just confused on how to find a nutrition specialist talk to your parents about it.

  • 30lbs would be enough, but you don't want most of it to come on as blubber.

    The trick is to go slow. Protein shakes are good link

    Jay Leto gained 30lbs of weight for a role by eating pints of Haagen Dazs chocolate ice cream that he would microwave. Mix it with whey protein powder and you've got something.

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  • The healthy weight you're asking about, is muscle. Gaining muscle, however, is not fast. It takes a lot of time and dedication. Unless you're genetically gifted, it would take you *years* to add 50 pounds of muscle.

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What Girls Said 6

  • first, you wanna add good carbs to your diet. Good carbs are complex cars so anything whole wheat and rich in fiber (ex, whole wheat pasta/bread/bagels, brown rice). Lay off of refined carbs like white bread, pasta etc. Make sure you eat enough protien to promote lean muscle growth. The serving size of meat is like the size of a deck of cards. If you don't eat meat, you can get protien from beans and nuts. Don't be afraid of calorie dense sweets or treats, just don't over do it. Last but not least, engage in muscle building workouts and not so much cardio (though it is important, just not for when you want musicle growth). Yoga and pilates are great because they tone your muscle while not making them big and bulky. If ya wanna be fancy, you can also try protien shakes. Just be aware that when you do consume protien drinks, you have to work out or else you'll put on pounds of fat. Hope this helps and good luck.

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  • Definitely. Workout and eat a lot of protein. You should look into protein shakes. Stick to eating a lot of chicken, tuna, fish, peanut butter and veggies. You want to eat 5 meals a day that are healthy. But the more you workout and get protein, the more muscle you'll put on which is just a healthy way of getting bigger.

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  • Oh, yes. Big Macs, McChicken, Rally Burgers, Chili cheeseburgers, meatlovers pizza, oreo blizzard, Whopper, Double Cheeseburger, Mocha with extra whipped cream, chili cheese dogs, chili fries, tacos, chili mac, ho hos, twinkies (get em while you can!), coke, pepsi, milk shakes, beer, chips, doughnuts, mac & cheese...Have I left anything out?

    Oh! you said not junk food! Well, 10,000,000 people eat this everyday & don't think it's junk food...just pretend like they do.

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  • I think they have drinks that make you gain weight. They're calle like, Equate shakes or something. Also, treating yourself out to Baskin-Robbins is good too :)

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  • milk, or ensure drinks will help you. Just increase your calorie intake... have a more meals a day and/or eat more snacks... not just junkfood though

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  • apparently, you need to eat your weight in protein to gain muscle.

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