I have lost about 10 pounds. I went to my doctor several times, but they could not find the reason. I feel fine, however I am on six types of medication due to my heart condition. I would greatly appreciate your help on what I should eat to gain weight.

I am glad to hear that you have been following up with your physician. Keeping in close contact with your doctor’s office is important when it comes to unexplained weight loss. In some people, weight loss may be a result of large medication intake. If medications are taken before each meal or at various times daily, this may affect appetite and limit the amount of food that your stomach can hold at one time. Some medications can also affect your metabolism.

Please keep in mind that everyone’s calorie needs are different. Speak with your doctor about what a healthy weight should be for you.

For weight gain, I would first advise you to eat several small meals spread throughout the day. *For example, start your day with a breakfast smoothie. Mix 100% fruit juice, frozen or canned fruit, yogurt, nonfat powdered milk, and wheat germ for a liquid meal to go. Next snack on 4-5 whole grain crackers topped with peanut butter or homemade trail mix (dried cranberries and raisins mixed with almonds, pecans, walnuts and sunflower seeds). For lunch wrap nonfat refried beans, shredded low fat cheese, tomato salsa and reduced fat sour cream in a whole-wheat tortilla. An afternoon snack could consist of hummus with cut veggies or whole-wheat pita. The evening mini meal might be a baked potato topped with low fat cheese, hearty bean soup with a glass of low fat milk. A pre-bedtime snack might be a dish of low fat frozen yogurt topped with berries.

Other ideas for healthy snacks include: oatmeal with chopped nuts and skim milk, low sodium minestrone soup with whole grain crackers, water packed tuna on a slice of whole grain bread and sliced apple topped with peanut butter or low fat cheese. (*this example may be too much/too little food depending on weight gain goals. I would advise you to meet with a registered dietitian to obtain an individual tailored meal plan)

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