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Over-the-Counter Products to Help with Weight Gain


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Products to Help with Weight GainTypes of weight gain products

There are many high calorie powdered and liquid dietary shakes and supplements available to help you gain weight. Examples of high calorie shakes include Boost® and Ensure®, which come in a variety of flavors. Products sold in liquid form generally have fewer calories than powdered mixes. There are also high protein powdered supplements on the market that claim to increase muscle mass. They include Joe Weider® Muscle Builder® and Optimum Nutrition® Gold Standard® 100% Whey. These contain large amounts of protein, but are generally lower in calories. Studies haven't proven that protein drinks help increase body weight or muscle mass in most people and there is no medical research showing that any specific protein product is best for weight gain.

Tips for gaining weight



To increase your body weight, it’s essential to eat a healthy, balanced diet while increasing the number of calories you consume. To gain one pound you need to eat an additional 3,500 calories more than what your body needs. Adding high calorie foods such as nuts, honey and granola bars to your diet is an easy way to boost your caloric intake. Calories from carbohydrates, protein and fat all work equally well for weight gain. Exercise can also help because exercise builds muscle mass, which is heavier than fat. Talk with your doctor for help designing a healthy weight gain plan.

 

 

Sources: Handbook of Non-Prescription Drugs. American Pharmaceutical Association, 1996.Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. William Morrow & Co., 1996. Health. “Underweight”. http://www.mayoclinic.com. Mayo Clinic Health. Last accessed 11/21/2006. Clarkson P. ‘Nutritional supplements to increase muscle mass”, Critical Reviews of Food and Science Nutrition 39 (1999). This answer prepared 6/2/2000. This information updated 11/21/2006.

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