Healthy Weight Gain

  • Enough calories to gain weight
  • Foods for weight gain
  • Recipes for weight gain

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For some people, weight gain can be as tough as weight loss. No matter if you want to gain muscle or just more body mass, we offer a variety of diets for healthy weight gain.

How many calories do I need to gain weight?

To gain weight, you need to eat more calories than you consume. Women burn, on average, 2000kcal per day and men 2500kcal. A typical weight gain diet adds about 500kcal on top of that. If you are very active, you need to consume even more. For people who want to build muscle and therefore gain weight, a 500kcal surplus is not always necessary. Aim for around 250kcal more than you burn for lean gains.

Find out how much you need to eat to gain weight

Calorie Intake Calculator

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E.g. moderate physical activity at work or ~30 min bi-daily exercising

What are the best foods to gain weight?

There are no particular foods that will make you gain weight. Even candy or dessert doesn’t make you gain weight alone. It’s all about your total calorie intake by the end of the day.

If you struggle to gain weight, you’ll want to eat foods that stimulate appetite. Typically, a mix of carbs and fat will achieve that. Another way to make sure you eat enough calories is to consume liquid calories. That means smoothies, juices, milk, protein shakes, or other drinks.

Although soda contains a lot of calories, we recommend you to avoid soda due to it’s high sugar content. We want our users to achieve healthy weight gain with nutritious foods.

How to choose a diet to gain weight

When choosing a weight gain diet, it’s important to consider your goal. If muscle building is what you’re aiming for, a protein rich diet has plenty of benefits for you. Lifesum’s diets adapt to your goal, so if you choose “gain weight”, the recommended intake of total calories, fat, protein and carbs will increase. For weight gain, we typically recommend our High Protein, Scandinavian, or Mediterranean diets. However, as weight gain means you’ll need to eat a little bit more than usual, simply choose the one diet that seems most tempting to you (to make it easier to eat) and change your goal settings to “weight gain”. See our full overview of diet plans here.

Diet Plan Test

Take our test and find the best diet for you!

Diet plan test

Question 1 of 6: Which of the following do you have strong cravings for?

Sample recipe to gain weight

Let’s just remind you that there are no particular foods that will make you gain weight. It’s all about the total amount of carbs, fat and protein you consume. Here is a delicious and healthy recipe that can help you gain weight thanks to its combination of fat, carbs and protein.

Do you want to gain weight? Activate one of our in-app diets and choose “weight gain”!

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5 out of 5 stars

I love this app! It has so many features and great advice. With the different meal plans and exact calorie counts, this app was perfect for me.

5 out of 5 stars

I can’t believe all the options in the food diary there are. Like, even generic food options from my local grocery store. I like the food plans it has an option, it has synced to my Fitbit, and has been user friendly. I’m excited to see how this plays out. I’m always a skeptic, but off to a great start!

5 out of 5 stars

I have tried many different calorie counting apps and have never been able to stick to them. However, I have been using lifesum for a while now and am absolutely loving it!! I even bought the premium version! The design of the app is beautiful and easy to use.

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