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A: While the ideal bodyweight for females with a height of 5'11" ranges from 148-163 lbs, the "ideal" weight achievable during cancer treatment may not necessarily fall in this range. Certain cancers and treatments can influence metabolism and increase calorie needs, making it harder to keep your weight steady. In order to help promote weight gain and increased muscle mass, we would suggest you aim to consume about 2,300 calories each day. Gaining weight is most effective by practicing certain eating behaviors and eating a healthful diet.
Eating behaviors to help you gain weight include:
In terms of diet, it is best to consume high-calorie foods that fit into a balanced and healthy diet to maximize weight. Some high-calorie foods are heavily processed such as ice cream or potato chips and can be too high in saturated fat and added sugar and too low in healthful fats, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and may not be as effective in promoting weight gain after cancer treatment. Having these foods in moderation as a treat is certainly okay, but instead of reaching for them as a go-to high calorie snack, seek these healthy high calorie foods instead: