The magazine covers in the checkout aisle show countless ways to lose weight, but what about those of us who struggle to gain weight? Whether you’ve lost weight due to illness or injury, or you’ve always had a hard time putting on pounds, being underweight has its own health complications.
Why Am I So Tired?
If you’re feeling sluggish, that may be a sign you’re underweight. The foods you eat provide calories and nutrients that are either used right away by the body to give you energy, or they are stored in the muscles or fat cells to use as energy later. If you have too little body fat or muscle mass, your body doesn’t have the ability to convert energy stores into active energy. To build up your energy stores, you need to eat more calories and build muscle.
Gaining Weight in a Healthful Way
Even when you’re trying to gain or maintain your weight, it’s important to do so in a healthful way by getting quality calories from a good mix of protein, carbohydrates and fats.
Try these tips:
- Eat more often. It can be overwhelming to eat big meals, so eat smaller ones more often throughout the day. It’s a good way to space your protein intake, since that’s one nutrient your body needs a more steady supply of. Eating smaller meals also helps you avoid that uncomfortably full feeling and helps keep your energy levels up.
- Have healthy fats. Gram for gram, fat gives you more calories than either carbohydrates or protein. You need all three for good nutrition, but be sure to get some good, healthy fats as part of your regular routine. These include nuts and nut butters, avocados, olives, full fat yogurt, salmon and other oily fish.
- Get creative with calorie add-ons. Increase the calories in your meals, snacks and drinks by adding higher-calorie ingredients. Swap your morning coffee for a latte with whole milk; top your oatmeal with chopped nuts; or add a cooked egg or smoked salmon to your avocado toast.
- Add High-Calorie Drinks. Staying hydrated is important no matter what your weight is, so why not choose a high-calorie, nutrient-dense drink to pull double-duty? Milkshakes and homemade nutrition shakes or smoothies can be high-calorie drinks for weight gain that you can customize to your tastes and the ingredients on hand. Or, you can try ready-to-drink nutritional beverages like BOOST® Very High Calorie nutritional drink that provide calories, protein and nutrients you need in a convenient, single-serve container.
Why BOOST® Very High Calorie Drinks for Weight Gain?
Packing in the nutrients you need across the meals and snacks throughout your day can be a challenge. Let BOOST® Very High Calorie be one of the tools in your nutrient-dense, high-calorie diet. Each 8-fluid ounce serving has:
- 530 nutrient-rich calories to help gain or maintain weight
- 26 vitamins and minerals for everyday nutritional needs
- 22 grams of high-quality protein to help maintain muscle
- 3 delicious flavors
A Drink And an Ingredient
Not only can BOOST® Very High Calorie nutritional drink be a convenient way to get quality calories in a single beverage, but you can use it as a nutrient-packed ingredient in your favorite recipes too. Browse our recipe section, swapping in BOOST® Very High Calorie for some additional nutrients. !
- BOOST® Very High Calorie Chocolate flavor in a smoothie
- BOOST® Very High Calorie Very Vanilla flavor in pancakes
- BOOST® Very High Calorie Creamy Strawberry flavor mixed with strawberry, vanilla or even chocolate instant pudding
The Best BOOST® Product for You
Whether your goal is to gain weight, maintain a healthy weight, get more protein or fill in nutrient gaps, there are a bunch of BOOST® nutritional drinks to choose from. To learn about the best products for you, schedule a free on-one-one call with a registered dietitian from BOOST®.
Real Customer Reviews
Don’t take our word for it – here’s what real customers have said about BOOST® Very High Calorie nutritional drink:
- So grateful they created this with us skinny people in mind.
- I think it’s great. I have always had a very, very high metabolism and the older I have gotten, the less of an appetite. Two BOOST Very High Calorie Creamy Strawberry with 16oz of milk each a day and I have put on 17 lbs. in a little under a month.
- Radiation and chemo destroyed my taste buds and saliva. This 530-high-calorie BOOST Nutritional Drink in Rich Chocolate is most palatable. Need the weight and nutrition! Thank you BOOST.