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Would like to gain 10 pounds in 3 weeks?


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Okay, it's time to get ready for college and I could really use 10 pounds for confidence.  Is adding 3 and 1/3 pounds a week safe?

I'm trying to do this by adding a key food product to my diet.  Do any of you know foods that are high in calories/protien yet safe for my goal?

I could really use the motivation.  Please don't tell me to eat at Mc D's every meal - I don't want to kill myself!
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hmm, not sure what to advise but how about adding an extra meal after dinner.  Something like a whole wheat toasted sandwhich with protein (eg. chicken and cheese)?  Maybe followed by a small protein shake or glass of milk (regular or soy...whatever).  That's what i'd probably do.
I just had a wonderful idea! I'll give you 10 pounds of mine! Then, we both win, right? You in?

Seriously, though - I think gaining that your goal may be a little drastic. I have heard that just as it is healthy to loose 1-2 lbs a week, it is healthy to gain 1-2 as well. 3500ish calories = 1lb. This means that you should be eating about 1700 calories more a day then you burn. That's a lot! Let us know how it goes! Good luck!
you could drink something like Boost, or Ensure+,  they have close to 300 or 400 calories in them and they are really tasty.  they come in all different flavors too.  definately better than a milkshake from micky d's.  haha..

there are also protein powders to can buy at nutritional stores that are simply FOR weight GAIN.  its a weight gain drink. 

just some ideas
Whatever you do make sure that the added calories arent something like processed foods which can get you addicted rather quickly and then your 10 could turn to 40. 
Oh and maybe you should reconsider the gain before school. I've heard about this freshman 15... could happen naturally anyways.
My husband has to work to keep on / put on weight too (I know, it's so unfair).

He does this by eating very healthy, but eating often.

He makes lots of smoothies with fresh fruit, yogurt, milk and a scoop of protein/carb powder.  He carries a protein bar with him wherever he goes...

Try adding some healthy fats like avocado, olive oil etc. to the things you are eating.  Eat lots of nuts - make up little bags of trail mix and munch on them during the day.  Basically you will have to eat an extra 3500 calories to put on 1 lb of fat.  But is it fat that you want?  Or muscle?

You could also hit the gym.  Adding muscles will increase your size and keep you healthy.

I think adding 10 lbs in 3 weeks sounds a bit too ambitious.  I would expect that putting on weight should be slower so that it is healthy weight.

Hope that helps.

DJ
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two things I love have lots of calories, avocados and almonds
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Thanks for the replies everyone!

About reconsidering the gain before school - I'm going to be a junior.  I haven't gained weight since my freshmen year... Maybe it's because I don't drink alcohol like 90% of college students?!

And about the gym - I'll consider it.  I've worked out a lot in the past and got little in return because you need some bulk to make muscle, otherwise you're just, well... toned?

Boost and Ensure sound good, but they're far from cheap!  And being the busy person I am I don't think I plan on making myself milkshakes unless they're simple :-)

As far as nuts go, good advice.  I ate a ton of peanutbutter straight from the jar and gained a good 6 pounds or so that summer.  Maybe I'll go back?

I don't eat breakfast - I just drink juice in the morning.  Instead I eat an additional meal at night before I sleep.  It takes me a while to fall asleep anyway so I don't know if it's really that unhealthy.

"3500ish calories = 1lb."  Interesting...  You know what?  What if I spend a ton of money and added 4 boosts or ensures a day?  And some peanutbutter?  I know everyone wants me to do it the "healthy" way, but with the college schedule my motivation dies down quickly.  You know what I mean?  Too many responsibilities as it is.

Processed foods?  Tempting...
yuz, good luck at school.  You've put a lot of thought into this, and I can see you want to be as healthy as possible.  I also understand that you have a limited income and need to economize.  Just make sure you are spending your money wisely, on foods that are nutrition and calorie dense.  As with losing weight, it's best to gain slowly.

All the best to you!
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