Thursday, June 11, 2009

Can A Supplement Help Me Gain Weight?

My question is actually about gaining weight as opposed to losing it. I am about 6'2 and I am too skinny. My question is, can that nutritional drink product called Boost help me gain weight and what is recommended amount to drink. I am a light eater. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Andy K.

Dear Andy,

Yes, the product called Boost is effective to help people with a limited appetite get in more calories more easily. These supplemental beverages (including ensure, carnation instant breakfast drink, and the store brand called Equate) usually contain 250 calories per can as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. Some also contain dietary fiber. One can per day will help you gain 1/2 pound per week. If you can tolerate two per day without getting bloated, this would likely be optimal. There are also the "plus" lines (Boost Plus and Ensure Plus) which contain 350 calories per can, and some that have even 450 calories per can, in case your ability to take in fluids is limited. Be sure to check with your physician if you have any conditions that require a special diet. Many of these drinks are made especially for people on dietary restrictions and you can find supplemental drinks that are low protein, high protein, lower in sugar, etc to meet your physiological needs in case of medical necessity.

Some other supplements you can check for in your local pharmacy or grocery store come in juice-box packaging and taste more like juice, if you get tired of the milky drinks (one is called Boost Breeze). Many of the companies have websites where you can download recipes to make higher calorie soups, puddings, and shakes with these formulas, and how you can keep interesting flavors going to prevent getting bored of the daily cans.

These supplements are always a good option for anyone to keep up a good nutritional intake when their intake of food is compromised: think illness, dental procedures, or even stress that could temporarily reduce your ability to eat as well as you should be eating.

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