10 Foods that will Help You Add Weight

These days it is fashionable to lose weight. Everyone and their brothers and sisters are talking about losing weight but no one cares that some people want to add weight or at least maintain the tinini one they have. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Some thin people find it difficult gaining weight. These group of people are often bullied but few people see that as bullying. Yes, while it is alright to ask a thin someborri: โ€œYou are too thin, are you eating at all?โ€, you dare not tell a fat person that โ€œYou eat too much!โ€. Mmh, if you try that, all the advocates of plus size people will descend on you. Thatโ€™s a story for another day.

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This post is to list some foods and snacks that will help you add weight. If you are being called bonga fish, atinga no blood, longa longa, ogwu azu (fish bones), bag of bones, willy willy, fido dido right now in your life, get in here! Abeg help me with more names they call thin people.

Itโ€™s time to chop up! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I hope you are loaded with money because chopping up is big business especially in this recession.

Oya, letโ€™s go!

The following are 10 foods and snacks that will help you add weight.

1. Nuts: Groundnuts (Peanuts), Cashew Nuts, Tiger Nuts

mixed nuts
Nuts contain lots of healthy fats and protein. Chew as a snack in-between meals. Eat roasted groundnuts (peanuts) with ripe bananas as we do in Nigeria and you have a great snack that will help you add up. Bananas are fattening too so there you go. Details on bananas later.

Chew tiger nuts (aki awusa, ofio, aya) with groundnuts or on its own, blend it with coconuts and dates (dabino) to get Tiger Nuts drink and enjoy!

Cashew nuts are also great, though more expensive than the other nuts. But I did warn you that if you want to gain weight, you need to have a full pocket, didnโ€™t I? ๐Ÿ˜‰

2. Peanut Butter (okwo ose in Igbo)

peanut butter
Peanut Butter is said to contain 100 calories per tablespoon. Thatโ€™s a lot of calories for one tablespoon of mede mede. And the good thing is that the fats and oils in groundnut is healthy and groundnuts contain proteins too.

In Nigeria, all you need to do is buy well-roasted peanuts in the market, peel and take them to those people that have manual grinders in the market and they will blend them into peanut butter for you. They will even do the peeling for you right there in the market. You do not need to add any other ingredient because in Nigeria, roasted peanuts are already salted. After grinding, put in a glass jar with a cover and close tight.

You can grind this at home with a dry mill but it is messy abeg. Outside Nigeria, peanut butter is readily available in supermarkets.

Use peanut butter as bread spread just like you would spread jam, butter or margarine on slices of bread. Add it to your smoothies or simply lick it at any chance you get so that the adding up can start happening already. Remember, there are 100 calories in 1 tablespoon!

3. Whole Milk or Full Fat Milk

whole milk
If you live in Northern Nigeria, close to the cattle farms then you are in luck. Fura, milk as it comes from the cow is milk with all the fat intact. So if you have access to this type of milk, binge on it till you are drunk on cow milk. ๐Ÿ˜€

If you are not close to any cows that produce milk, look for whole milk in big supermarkets like Shoprite and Spar. Whole Milk comes in small 1 litre cartons. Oldenburger is a good brand of whole milk (UHT) that is available in Nigeria. Do not buy the powder one, buy the liquid one with whole milk or full cream written on it.

Outside Nigeria, pasteurised whole milk is available in supermarkets.

If you are looking to gain weight, never ever use skimmed or semi skimmed milk in your life again, ever!

I would like to mention here that cheese, which is a derivative of milk, is mostly high in fat making it a great food for adding weight. It is not common in Nigeria so we eat imported cheese that is mostly available in foreign and big supermarkets.

Add cubes of cheese or grated cheese to your salads, eat cheese as a snack if you can stand the salty taste and use slices of cheese to eat bread as a sandwich.

And you do not like Pizza? What?? Think of all that cheese topping you are missing out on. ๐Ÿ˜‰

4. Avocado

That one we call “Avocado Pear” in Nigeria, do you know that one of it can easily contain 300 calories? Thatโ€™s a lot for one small fruit. You can easily overload on calories with this fruit so abeg ooo, take this your chopping up ministry easy o.

Add avocado to your salads, mash and use as bread spread, add it to smoothies or just eat it as a fruit. It goes well with Nigerian rice dishes.

There are many ways to enjoy this fruit so load up when it is in season.

5. Bread

white bread
There are lots of information about losing weight but almost nothing on weight gain. So if you know anything that those who want to lose weight are doing, do the opposite. Weight watchers usually run away from bread. That means you need to make bread your friend, in fact find someone who owns a bakery and make him/her your BFF.

When I was pregnant with my first baby, I used to finish one loaf of bread at a sitting. Yes, and I was adding up and adding up soteeeh my obstetrician started warning me that my baby will be so big. This was I that was not a fan of bread before then. That is one proof that eating bread makes you fat. I ate and I saw the results. I am not saying you should be like me and finish one loaf of bread at a sitting but this post is about fattening up, right? So chop up we will!

And when you team those slices of bread with avocado spread or peanut butter spread, you will come here and testify within a short time.

6. Smoothies

Smoothies are a great way to get in more calories into your body. If you are like me (I hate chewing), drinking calories will be much less tasking for you. You can easily get 2 bananas into a supersize serving of smoothie and drink it all up but try eating the bananas and see if you can get past the first one. ๐Ÿ˜€

Please note that all smoothies are not created equal so you need to be careful here so you do not pedal backwards. Since you are looking to add up, avoid vegetables-only smoothies. Stick to smoothies made with bananas, avocados, mangoes (because they contain natural sugars in large amounts and will help your weight gain ministry).

Also, add oat flour and peanut butter to the smoothies because they help with weight gain as they contain lots of protein. I have some weight gain smoothies recipes coming up. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And drink that smoothie with a supersize cup, will you? ๐Ÿ˜€

7. Yams

yam tuber
Not only do yams contain large amounts of carbohydrate (making them great for weight gain), the carbohydrates in yam have a nutritional value. The dietary fibre in yams also helps decrease bad cholesterol and regulates blood sugar levels.

Oya, start digging into those pounded yams and yam porridges without feeling guilty!

8. Beans

Black eyed beans oo, brown (oloyin) beans oo, remember what your mama told you about beans containing 100% protein?

She lied.

Beans actually contain more carbohydrates than protein but the truth is that they still contain more protein than many other foods thatโ€™s why they are regarded as THE protein food. So by eating beans, you get the best of both worlds, carbohydrate for fat gain and proteins for muscle gain. This means you will not be wobbly as you gain the weight.

9. Meat

Isi Ewu and Nkwobi anyone? Meat, especially meat with marbling (streaks of fat), that part of meat known as tozo in Nigeria, helps with weight gain. So eat meat and eat more meat. If you can, just roast the meat and chew it with vegetables. This way of eating meat (steak) is not common in Nigeria but I am giving you that information now. So cut chunks of meat, roast or grill and choplate.

Red meat is said to be bad for us because of the bad cholesterol it contains but once a week enjoyment will not hurt, will it?

10. Sweet fruits

tropical fruits
We have lots of sweet tropical fruits in Nigeria and you may be surprised at the amount of calories these fruits contain. Bananas, mangoes, dates (dabino in Hausa and are sold by Hausa Mallams that sell aki awusa/ofio/aya), pineapples, avocado even apples are all high calorie fruits.

One medium banana contains 100 calories. That means if you eat 5 in a day we are talking about 500 calories. You can easily eat 5 bananas in a day, canโ€™t you? Donโ€™t look at me like that! ๐Ÿ˜€ Most thin people don’t like eating. I want to add up, I want to add up but when you are told what to eat and how many times to eat in a day to add up, liver will fail you, abi?

Thatโ€™s it! Now go and chop up and be happy.

This is not a healthy diet advice. As you eat these, make sure you get a good measure of all classes of food too. Go for regular health checks with a qualified doctor to make sure your body can handle all these extra calories it is getting. While one person’s body can process these and remain healthy, another personโ€™s body may not be able to handle all these extra food that is being thrown at it.

We all gain weight at different rates. While some people will quickly gain weight after being on a weight gain diet for a month, others will be on it for a year before they see any visible difference. Some people will add weight and quickly lose it as soon as they stop consuming the foods and drinks that made them gain weight while others will find it more difficult to lose the weight. Please bear these in mind.

So give these a try, give the diet some time to take effect and see if they work for you.

If they work for you, do not forget to come here and testify. If you are already eating some of these and they are working for you, please drop your testimony below to help others. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thank you!

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  1. My sister,the struggle is real yoruba people will say “รฒ sรฉ wa gun lorun bi igo maggi”(why is your neck long like maggi bottle) I wonder if maggi comes in bottles lol. i wish we can have #weightgainjourney too.some people will just breath food and add weight but me I can eat for Africa and I’m still “pelebe”(slim).thanks a lot i’ll try this your ‘meal plan’ sha.i hope it works

    • My dear Maryam na so we see am o! The people who can breath food and add weight will be complaining, those who can eat everything without adding weight are complaining, even those who do not have appetite for anything are complaining! LOL

      Yes o, Maggi comes in bottles, the liquid seasoning some people add to food that is ready to be eaten. That practice is no longer common these days. Click here to see images of it and you will know that that Yoruba saying is spot on! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Chukwukadibiakon@gmail.com says

    Am a guy….
    I have done all these still not adding

  3. Hi Flo, can you please send recipe for smoothies that is fattening my kids are super skinny. Thank you

  4. Adebowale says

    Great job sis, please can you recommend suppliment in adding? thanks

  5. for how many month do I need to eat all of this to be fat, because I really need to be fat within 2months.

  6. Thank you for this post boo boo.. U are the best

  7. wow! cant wait to explore these expo really lol. thank God oo. i hope to come back in 3 weeks to testify amen.

  8. I don catch my sister today! So this is why she has been all these. Lemme go and do my own biko. sombori needs to be healthy, chubby and sexy biko. i no come my own different. but if e no work sha, no wahala. e go be gene thing like you said. cos i know i ate enough burger last time i travel go obodo oyibo for 6 weeks but nothing happpen … lol,i come de embarrassed sef as people come de wonder if i travel at all.

    • ??? So if one is not oroborized, people will not believe he/she stepped foot in “the abroad”? Ewo!
      Consistency is the key. Sometimes, you will think it is not working then one day you will blow tube and tyre with caburetor sef. ???
      Good luck!

  9. i hope well this dishes works for me and the fruits too

  10. what if u ave been eating it since no fat

  11. I stumbled on this post and am glad i did. I have really lost weight since i birthed my baby a year ago from 64kg to 48kg. People look at me like….. and those who cant hide it come straight with the question “why u come loose weight like this, are usure u are okay”. I feel so ashamed especially because i am not tall. I pray these suggestions work well for me.

    • Ekefon I do not know if 64kg is your original weight before getting pregnant or your preggy weight. If it is the former, seeing a doctor for a health check should be in your plan too, that is if you have not seen one yet. Pregnancy is a mighty process that can sometimes make our hormones to go crazy after having the baby. Good luck. <3

  12. I can’t but laugh at all these comments. I’m also very skinny, I’ve done everything to gain weight. I used blood tonics, multivitamins, even steroids drugs which made my face sweep and look as if I was pregnant, after a while I returned to normal. Well I just gave up and decided to be more confident about my self. I eat normally now. And I realized that the most beautiful girls love me the way I am; they even beef themselves over me. I’m just good. Glory be to God.

  13. Joy Marian says

    Me I want to lose weight my arms are too big

  14. I read this last year it works for me but when i stop eating them I feel back to my skinny self again now I want to start again because people that sees me last yr are beginning to ask me if am sick lol ??

    • Naomi glad it worked for you. Yes, you have to keep up with the eating if not, you will lose the weight. You are what you eat. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. My own problem dey diff,lol…I know if I start eating I ll add,but no appetite oo

  16. Awesome… I enjoyed tthis post.. Comments… Lol…
    Well I’m beginning soon. Want to really add up. My colleagues have even stopped complaining…. Thanks a lot , @flo

  17. Emmajackson says

    for how long will I eat this recipes for weight gain

  18. Victor Grace says

    I so much love this, I would try this to see if it would work for me biko… Getting married soon, I know my wife would help me get fat abi Orobo,lol. Flo please give us ur number so whenever questions dey,we go call you …winks

  19. Victor Grace says

    I so much love this, I would try this to see if it would work for me biko… Getting married soon, I know my wife would help me get fat abi Orobo,lol. Flo please give us ur number so whenever questions dey,we go call you …winks

  20. What of eggs and full cream yoghurt? I had it does help one gain weight

  21. Mhiztar John says

    Well…It’s a good thing i found this post. Most especially, the eye-opening fact about beans being more of a carbohydrate (it “wowed” me). Kudos

    But i would also like to add to what you mentioned concerning.
    Well, let me say…if one is looking for a kind of bread (since we have different types…as i would like to buttress) that would puff them up, i think it would be more advisable to check the fat content to be sure that it would do the work we bought it for. Yeah! Not all breads can…we have wheat bread, agege bread, buttered bread (a good option), then the rest.

    Thank you

  22. Am 18 and I weigh 47,plz help a sister๐Ÿ˜“,I feel insecure and most people make fun of me

    • I’m 20 and weighs 42…

      • Me too,am really tired of my stature.All my jnr owns are bigger than me o. Imagine ppl wld see me nd my sis that I senior wt abt 8yrs and be asking which one is d elder. All my extended family is on my case nd as much as I try to change, my appetite is still super poor

  23. I really need to pull more weight.. I’m skinny and the only way it’s bringing me down is that I can’t wear the clothes I like… Just the clothes that size me ๐Ÿ˜”
    I hope this article help… ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿคท

  24. You said that we should Stick to smoothies made with bananas, avocados, and mangoes
    Is it possible that we can also mix them all if we choose

  25. Wat if I take 10 slices of yam and 2 sticks of sweet aft dat only for d day ooo๐Ÿ˜,will I loose or add weight?

  26. Ah
    Oga o,I’m tired of trying
    I’m still tiny sha
    I won’t give up

  27. You wrapped them all up, ma. No need to check another site.
    Bless you, ma๐Ÿ˜Œ

  28. Victor Victory says

    Thanks for this Postโค๏ธ I’m gonna try all of these, and I believe it will work for me ๐Ÿ’ฏ and I’ll come back to testify in Jesus name amen oh ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  29. Sometimes people be asking me if am sick or have I checked my genotype
    Please ma’am I hope this will work effectively cos have tried so many of this but just hope this works.
    I don’t know if I could do this and just get fat in a week or 2weeks time.

    My body name is really making me ashame of going out, just skinny and growing tall everyday.

    Thank you very much ma ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’ฏ๐Ÿฅฐ

  30. Blessing says

    Am a teenager and am skinny, my friends always say i look like a broom stick. I hope this works for me oh

  31. Is not only by eating o,rest of mind is involved too.

  32. Sulaiman says

    How to get fat quickly please ๐Ÿ™

  33. Princess Amaka says

    ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ I read everything but seriously I just want to add in the Right places, butt n breast.. How can I achieve that naturally

  34. Iโ€™m 22 years old but Iโ€™m looking 15yrs old … tall I no tall ,fat I no fat . I feel embarrassed most time and Iโ€™m also have low self esteem because if I go for an interview they keep asking me if Iโ€™m up to 18. Pls if thereโ€™re any drug I can take Nd Iโ€™m also an ulcer patient

  35. Interesting! I only need foods for body building

  36. Yeah all the foods listed here are ๐Ÿ’ฏ% effective for weight gain. everyone’s body is different sha, they personally work for me. I’m 19 and i weigh 94, although I’m very tall.. 6’9ft ๐Ÿคซ lol!

  37. This is great. I have been looking for something like this. You spoke my mind. Everyone is talking about helping you to lose weight. I am going to give this a try. God bless you

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