- Posted September 16, 2013 by
Weight Gain for Recovering Anorexic People
Underweight people and recovering anorexics often need to find healthy ways to gain weight swiftly and permanently. Follow the steps below to add on the pounds.
Eat energy dense foods. Energy dense foods contain a high number of calories and nutrients relative to serving size. Healthy examples of energy dense foods include nuts, avocados, dark chocolate, whole grain pastas and breads, fatty fish, and meat. Other energy-dense foods include fast food, fatty snacks and desserts, and full-fat dairy; French fries and cake may help add weight quickly, but excessive intake of these foods can cause other health problems and make it difficult to maintain a healthy weight once you have reached your weight gain goal.
Add dips, spreads, and toppings to food. Condiments and dips can be excellent ways to add calories to your daily diet without feeling like you are adding uncomfortable volume to your meals.
Consider adding extra salad dressing to salads or pasta, ketchup or mayonnaise to grilled meat or sandwiches, sour cream to Mexican dishes or raw vegetables, and peanut butter with crackers or fruit dishes. Other high-calorie toppings include whipped cream, caramel dip, alfredo or marinara sauce, olive oil, and syrup.
Practice mindful eating. Mindful eating involves focusing on each bite of food and the enjoyment and health benefits it provides. With professional guidance and a patient approach to building an appreciation for food and healthy weight gain, you can make the most out of each meal and cement your dedication to steady weight gain.
Develop a healthy attitude towards food and eating. If you are a recovering anorexic, your battle with food and body image may make it hard to commit to weight gain and additional eating.
- By working toward a positive approach to food, you can ease your path to weight gain and a healthier, more permanent diet and body weight that is appropriate for your age, gender, body type, and physical activity level.