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Maintaining a healthy weight is one of the most important things you can do to help reduce your chance of developing cancer and help promote cancer survivorship. However, some people find that they lose weight as a result of their particular cancer or treatments and are concerned about how to gain back weight after treatment.
When going through cancer treatment, it's common to experience a loss of appetite, taste changes, or other symptoms that make it difficult or less desirable to eat. At the same time, your metabolism may be more "revved up" and your body may require more calories than normal to maintain your weight. It's easy to see why you may be losing weight when you want to eat less, but your body requires more.
There are steps you can take, however, to prevent excess weight loss and promote healthy weight gain during and after cancer treatment:
Smoothies are a great way to pack in extra vitamins, minerals, fluid, fiber, protein and calories. They are also soothing if you are experiencing mouth sores. You can increase the calorie density of smoothies by adding nut butters, avocado, regular, plain Greek yogurt, flaxseed oil or other healthy oils. You can use fresh or frozen fruits and berries and a variety of liquid bases (almond milk, coconut water) to boost nutrients and add flavor. Watch a demonstration on how to make a fresh berry smoothie.
Learn more about nutrition services at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and how you can eat well during cancer treatment.
Explore answers to questions posed to our nutritionists on ways to gain weight during and after cancer treatment:
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