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Your body requires a certain number of calories to maintain its current weight, and it requires about 3,500 extra calories above that to gain one pound. To gain one pound per week, you must consume 500 extra calories a day. In this way, five pounds can be gained in five weeks in a healthy manner.
The more calories in the food, the better, so choose high-calorie items such as whole wheat bread, whole grain cereals, starchy vegetables, fruits, beans and olive oil. Sports bars and drinks are also recommended. You should avoid beverages that fill you up without contributing calories, such as water or zero-calorie soft drinks. Try to eat whole foods, such as raw fruits and whole grains, as much as possible to supply much-needed nutrients instead of the empty calories found in many processed foods.
Whenever possible eat completely unprocessed low carb foods. Eat organically grown foods. Eat non-allergenic vegetables and fruits.
Recommended foods low in carbs
In general, the best low carb foods from plants are non-starchy vegetables.
Especially important are the leafy green vegetables like spinach. Other good foods low in carbs are asparagus; lettuce; mustard greens; beet greens; turnip greens; parsley; kale; collard; bok choy; broccoli; cauliflower; celery; cucumber; green, red, or Chinese cabbage; mushrooms (unless you are following an anti-candida diet); sweet or hot peppers; yellow summer squash; and zucchini.
Other foods low in carbs are beets; carrots; red or yellow onions; watercress; kohlrabi; turnips; avocados; pumpkin; radish; and brussel sprouts. The stems and leaves of vegetables may often be used in salads.
If you can afford the carbs, other possibilities from plants are:
Seeds or fresh olives.
Tea, especially green tea.
Coffee (without sugar or cream), but not over 4 cups daily.
Fresh fruits (unless you are in the initial weeks of an anti-candida diet) such as melons, bananas, tomatoes, figs, lemons, limes, apples, pears, kiwis, plums, and all kinds of berries as well as citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, and tangerines.
Fresh coconut and unsweetened coconut milk.
Fresh garlic, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and other antioxidant, anti-inflammatory culinary spices.
Oregano, dill, thyme, and sage and other herbs.
Soy foods and soy protein powders (but not allowed on an anti-candida diet or, of course, if you are allergic to them).
Brown rice and rice protein powder (but only if you can afford the carbs).
These foods low in carbs are to be avoided:
These are good reasons to avoid these foods even if some are on a list of low carb foods.
Avoid all trans fats, which are found in all hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats, oils, and margarines.
Avoid all foods that have been canned, frozen, milled, irradiated or extracted such as canned vegetables, frozen dinners, and packaged cookies or cakes. Such harsh processing destroys nutrients.
Avoid large fish such shark and swordfish because they may contain high concentrations of mercury.
Avoid all foods containing refined (processed) carbohydrates:
These are such things as breads, pastas, rolls, muffins, flour, crumpets, pastries, bagels, buns, pretzels, doughnuts, cookies, biscuits, cakes, tacos, corn chips, wraps, most Mexican food, pizza, croissants, white (polished) rice, wheat, corn, soft drinks, sodas, sugary drinks, foods containing corn syrup, candy/toffee/sweets, potato chips, batter, breadcrumbs, pastry, pastries, desserts, jams, jelly, jello, dumplings, pasty/pastie, pies, batter, breadcrumbs, store bought cooked meats/cold cuts if they have added sugars and additives), sausages/hot dog frankfurters if they contain carbohydrate fillers, additives or sugar, all sugars, all products containing sugar, granola bars, breakfast bars, and most cereals. Think of these as bad carbohydrates.
Avoid gluten-containing grains such as wheat, rolled oats, triticale (a wheat-rye mixture), rye, barley, spelt, and kamut. It may also be best for some people to avoid wild rice, teff, millet, and sorghum.
Avoid grain fed beef and grain-fed buffalo.
Avoid meat from feedlots where animals are treated with antibiotics.
Avoid sweetened dairy products such as frozen yogurt.
Avoid all dried fruits.
Avoid all sweetened foods.
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