How Can a Skinny Woman Gain Weight?

Skinny women can put on weight, with a few dietary changes.

Some skinny people want to gain weight as badly as other women want to lose it. Gaining weight for a skinny woman can be difficult. Sometimes no matter how much she eats, she just can't gain the weight. People have different metabolisms, and some are pre-dispositioned with a specific body type.

Increase your calorie intake, but try not to do so by eating a lot of saturated fat. Skinny women who want to gain weight think they'd be happy with any fat, but fat that is not designated can end up anywhere. Genetics determine where your fat will go so eat more good food, and do it slowly.

Pursue lean muscle weight gain by exercising and lifting weights. Hire a trainer to guide you in the right direction. Muscle weighs more than fat and distributes itself evenly.

Stay away from treadmills and stair stepper machines. Aerobic type exercises are good for the heart but will not cause weight gain. If anything, you'll burn more calories and lose more weight.

Keep track of the amount of calories you consume in a given week. In order to gain weight, add about 500 calories to your norm. After a few weeks if you do not see a noticeable difference, add 500 more. Do this until you begin gaining weight.

Consume 20 to 50 percent of your calories in proteins each day. This food group includes chicken breast, turkey breast, lean beef, eggs, fish and milk.

Eat 30 to 60 percent of your calories in carbohydrates, which include, potatoes, brown rice, oats, pasta, whole grains, black beans, sweet corn and broccoli.

Make sure to eat 20 to 30 percent of your calories in unsaturated fats and consume avocados, nuts and oils which provide your body with essential fatty acids.

Drink a vitamin enriched meal replacement powder if you find it hard to eat six nourishing meals. Check the contents on the container before purchasing. Most of these protein drinks are high in nutritional value.

Enable your body to absorb a higher amount of nutrients by eating six times a day rather than the traditional three. This recommendation isn't just for those trying to lose weight. It has been proven to benefit all people of all sizes.

Lacy Enderson is an Addictions and Recovery Counselor. She is Certified with the American Association of Christian Therapists and holds a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling. She is currently enrolled in Liberty University's Master of Divinity Degree program with Chaplaincy. Lacy is a graduate of Rhema Correspondent Bible School and has completed the first section of Berean School of the Bible. Lacy is the author of, "Addiction: A Personal Story" and "So You Want to Lose Weight But You Can't Stop Eating." Her newest novel is a teenage Christian fiction titled, "Honey Sweetheart."