How to gain weight naturally without eating junk foods
January 14 2016

To gain weight and be healthy, you need to consume more calories every day from healthy weight-gaining foods and choose the right types of exercise.

Most people would very much like to be in a position to gain weight rather than to lose it. Increasing your intake of junk foods and greasy foods is not a good way to put on pounds or kilos. Junk foods usually contain unhealthy trans fats, saturated fats and refined sugar. Even though you need to increase your calorie consumption to gain weight, those calories should come from foods that are good for you.

The right foods
Eating high density calorie foods such as raw nuts -- almonds, cashews, brazil nuts, filberts, pecan -- as snacks throughout the day can help. Eat more whole grains, potatoes, etc. Just generally eat more of foods that have high calorie content. Make fruits smoothies with bananas, other fruits, berries, and whole milk with some maple syrup, honey, or agave syrup. Also, use more flaxseed oil, hemp oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. It is better you not heat these oils but use them as it. Or, eat salmon roe or fish eggs, they have a lot of calories.

Supplements, over the counter pills
Take fish oil supplements since each softgel is usually about 10 calories and if you take 5 or 6 a day you can add 60 calories.

How to gain muscle mass
It is a good idea to do some muscle training for muscle mass gain, such as weight lifting. To gain muscle mass one can use creatine monohydrate supplements and protein powder supplements. Creatine supplements can help you put on muscle very quickly. Protein powders can help, too.

Hormones
Everyone talks about how to lose weight but I am interested in gaining weight especially in my hips and thighs. I am very skinny and have the body of a 10 yr old boy. I am also anemic because I lose a lot of blood during my period. I have a feeling that my body shape and weight problems have a lot to do with my hormones. Are there hormone supplements that can help me put on weight?
   Not that I know of that are safe to use.

Medical conditions
Certain medical conditions can result in a person losing weight unwillingly. These include hyperactive thyroid, chronic gastrointestinal conditions, and in rare cases parasite infections and certain advanced cancers.

Does pot, or marijuana, lead to gaining additional pounds?
   Yes, many people find increased appetite from smoking pot.

Planta Med. 2016. Appetite-enhancing Effects of trans-Cinnamaldehyde, Benzylacetone and 1-Phenyl-2-butanone by Inhalation. Fragrance in the air and odours of foods and drinks are reported to affect feeding behaviours of humans and other animals. Many previous studies focusing on the relationship between fragrance and appetite have described a reduction of food intake by fragrance administration to help prevent lifestyle diseases. Aromatic herbal medicines, such as cinnamon bark and fennel fruit, are considered to have appetite-enhancing effects and they are often blended in stomachics for relief of asitia and gastric distress in Japan. These fragrant herbal medicines contain many essential oils and their fragrances are hypothesised to be active substances. In this study, food intake and the expression of neuropeptide Y and proopiomelanocortin in the hypothalamus after inhalation of fragrant compounds or essential oils were investigated in mice. Food intake was increased 1.2-fold and the neuropeptide Y mRNA expression in the hypothalamus was increased significantly in mice that inhaled trans-cinnamaldehyde, benzylacetone or 1-phenyl-2-butanone, compared with the control group. These compounds might be effective for treating loss of appetite (anorexia) or eating disorders in elderly and infirm people via a non-invasive route of administration, namely, inhalation.