Foods to gain healthy weight?

is it all Carbs carbs & more carbs for somebody that is naturally skinny and working out 3/4 times intensively weekly

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    I agree with @p0wer_lifter .... Gaining weight requires a calorie surplus, along with the right type of activity. I'd focus on energy-dense, healthy foods like:

    • Nuts and seeds
    • High-fat Greek or coconut yogurt
    • Nut butters
    • Avocado
    • Chia, flax, and hemp seeds
    • Oils
    • Etc.

    You also need to stress the muscle to have it gain in size and volume. If you can't get into a gym, looking into calisthenics can be helpful.

    Lastly, remember that it's possible that even with all of this you may not gain huge amounts of mass... Sometimes our bodies just find their set point and settle there.

    Kind regards,

    Susan Macfarlane, MScA, RD
    Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
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    edited July 2021

    Weight gain or loss is much more a matter of calories than macros. Are you doing aerobic or anaerobic workouts - lifting or cardio?

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    HIIT , surfing & swimming at the moment (gyms closed) so mainly cardio with strength thrown in.

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    edited July 2021

    Not a lot of long slow cardio, sounds like, so that’s a good thing if you’re trying to gain weight. Too much swimming with no lifting won’t help gain weight, you’ll stay in a catabolic state and lose mass.

    If you’re trying to bulk up, then you need more heavy lifting - if that’s possible with no gyms - and surplus calories with lots of carbs and lots of lean protein. It’ll take extra calories and lifting heavy things to keep you in an anabolic state to build muscle mass.

    Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.

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