Should You Count Calories To Gain Weight?

I have gotten this question more often than I eat peanut butter… which is A LOT.

The answer is: it depends on the person.

Some people find that it helps them if they don’t get normal hunger cues or if they have a busy schedule they need to work around.

For other people, they prefer not to get numbers involved.

Neither way is right or wrong, they are two different ways to approach an adequate recovery intake for the specific individual.

But really….. You DO NOT necessarily need to count calories to do Minnie Maud.

Here are some tips that worked for me to gain weight:
Drink a high calorie supplement with your snacks or add liquid calories to meals and/or snacks.
Stop buying diet and low carb/fat/calorie products. Not only will it help you physically gain weight, it helps with the mental aspect of recovery and challenging the “diet” mentality. In recovery, you need to be exposing yourself to foods you have been avoiding and that are REAL foods.
Cook more food with fats such as olive oil, coconut oil, butter, etc.  Adding more fats to your diet is going to do amazing things to your hair, nails, and skin. They are an essential part of a healthy body and should never be avoided.
If Minnie Maud doesn’t seem like it will work for you, it might be in your best interest to see a dietitian to help you set up a meal plan that is based on exchanges or a certain guideline to keep you from thinking about calorie counts all the time. There are different approaches that will work for each individual.

Even when you see a dietitian, they still get your intake up to about Minnie Maud calorie guidelines without putting focus on the specifics.

Remember this: food should not be seen as numbers. When you sit down to a meal, do you really want to look at it and start adding everything up? NO! You should be savoring every bite and being thankful you are blessed with nourishment.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. I had to count calories, but I wholeheartedly believe that was personal to me. Had I gone about recovery in another approach, perhaps through Maudsely where someone else was in control, the desire to count calories would have never even been fulfilled. Theres a part of me that wishes I had done that though because counting calories has now become a source of control that my eating disorder clings onto. However, I am working every day to fight that! So far, i am seeing progress. Thank you for weighing in on the subject, Em. 🙂


    1. Emmy says:

      Yeah I totally agree. I wish I had never started counting because it’s one of the hardest habits to break. But I believe all is possible with persistence 🙂


  2. I COMPLETELY agree with what you are saying. For some people it’s completely necessary or they won’t eat enough. For others, it’s not… There’s definitely not a one size fits all. ❤


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