High Protein/Calories Diet
High-Calorie & High-Protein Diet
The dietary outline is intended for people seeking to boost or maintain both body weight and the intake of required nutrients, and may be especially useful to those experiencing a decrease in appetite or frequent nausea. The foods listed may also aid in the healing process by bolstering the immune system.
Grains: 6-11 servings daily
You can supply your body with many essential nutrients, including fiber, iron, niacin, thiamin, and zinc, by eating the following foods from the grain group:
Vegetables: 3-5 servings daily
You can supply your body with folic acid, potassium, vitamins A and C, and other essential nutrients by consuming the following foods and drinks from the vegetable group:
Fruit: 2-4 servings daily
You can supply your body with many essential nutrients, including folic acid, potassium, soluble and insoluble fiber, and vitamins A and C, by consuming the following foods and drinks from the fruit group:
Dairy: 2-3 servings daily
You can supply your body with calcium, protein, riboflavin, vitamins B12 and D, and zinc by consuming the following foods and drinks from the dairy group:
Meat & Other Protein Sources: 2-3 servings daily
You can supply your body with many essential nutrients, including folic acid, iron, magnesium, niacin, protein, thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12, and zinc, by eating the following foods from the meat group:
Fats & Snacks
Incorporate the following foods into your diet as needed to increase calorie intake:
The following sections provide strategies for increasing the amount of calories and protein in your diet. A few basic guidelines may help you:
Note: If you are experiencing a decrease in your appetite or difficulty with eating, nutritionally complete products may help you to meet your daily dietary needs. Nutritionally complete products are available in a variety of flavors and forms (bars, beverages, puddings, soups), and most provide the calories, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals that you normally obtain through a balanced diet of natural foods. You can find nutritionally complete products in your local grocery stores and pharmacies.
Strategies for Boosting Calorie Intake
Calories are your body's basic fuel, and the need for fuel (or energy) never stops. You eat calories, store them in your body, and burn them; this process is what keeps you alive and active.
If your diet fails to provide sufficient calories, your body will turn to using its own energy stores without adequately replenishing them. (With some chronic illnesses, such as AIDS/HIV and cancer, and some emotional disturbances, protein stores may be used up first, putting a person at risk of wasting.)
The easiest -- and tastiest -- way to add calories to your diet is to increase your consumption of foods that are high in fat and/or high in sugar. Such foods, however, should not replace the more nutritious sources of calories in your daily eating.
Fats & Oils
Fats and oils, including butter, gravies, margarine, and mayonnaise, provide large numbers of calories in small servings. By adding fats and oils to the foods you regularly prepare you can increase your overall calorie intake. Try the following strategies:
Foods that are high in carbohydrates, including sugar, jam, honey, syrup, and marmalade, offer additional simple ways to boost calorie intake. Most of these foods are easy to keep on hand, and many require little or no preparation. Try the following strategies:
In addition to drinking liquids with high calorie counts (eggnog, milkshakes, nutritional supplements like Ensure, Sustacal, and Nestle's Carnation Instant Breakfast) instead of coffee, diet soda, tea, and water, try the following strategies:
Strategies for Boosting Protein Intake
Foods that are rich in protein supply your body with amino acids, which help to build, repair, and maintain cells and muscle tissue, to heal wounds, and to support the immune system.
The best sources of protein are in the dairy group (including cheeses and yogurts) and in the meat group (including beans, eggs, and nuts).
In general, try to limit your intake of bulky, high-fiber foods, such as carrots, cauliflower, and celery, which may satisfy your hunger but will supply your body with comparatively little protein and few calories.
For this reason it is also a good idea to leave your dinner salad for the end of the meal.
The following food-preparation strategies, which involve incorporating foods from the dairy group into your diet, may help you to boost your overall intake of protein (some strategies may help to boost your calorie intake as well):
Meat and Other Protein Sources
The following food-preparation strategies, which involve incorporating meats and other protein sources into your diet, may help you to boost your overall intake of protein (some strategies may help to boost your calorie intake as well):
The above opinionated views and information serves to educated and informed consumer. The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. It should not replaced professional advise and consultation. A licensed physician should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions
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