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Elite Muscle
(505) 864-4210
115 S Main St
Belen, NM
 
Bally Total Fitness
(505) 866-0966
1027 Los Lentes Rd Ne
Los Lunas, NM
 
The Sports Clubs
(505) 247-3482
6211 4th Street
Albuquerque, NM
 
San Juan College
(505) 566-3800
3539 E 30th St
Farmington, NM
 
Rob Debuck
(505) 292-7859
Albuquerque, NM

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Main Street Muscle And Fitness
(505) 865-0139
435 Main St Sw
Los Lunas, NM
 
Curves For Women
(505) 865-5191
121 Don Diego NE
Los Lunas, NM
 
Jazzercise
(505) 255-2919
4902 Lomas Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
 
Fitness Plus
(505) 473-7315
1119 Calle Del Cielo
Santa Fe, NM
 
Curves Of Taos
(505) 751-1113
1350 Paseo Del Pueblo Sur # A
Taos, NM
 
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Healthy Gains

Need to add extra pounds on a slight frame? Here’s a sensible way to do it.

By Lisa James

June 2010

Like the late Rodney Dangerfield, Americans who are underweight don’t get any respect. The numbers explain why: While two-thirds of the US population is overweight, only 1.8% qualifies as underweight.

People need to gain pounds for a number of reasons. Some have fast metabolisms that quickly burn calories. Others engage in strenuous activities. Still others have eating disorders or chronic illnesses such as cancer.

It’s the last group that Carolyn Lammersfeld, RD, CNSD is most familiar with in her job as national director of nutrition for the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTC, www.cancercenter.com ). She says, “What we hear often is that patients spent a lot of their lives trying to lose weight, and now they’ve lost weight and they can’t gain it back.”

Lammersfeld says being underweight is no excuse to eat poorly. Junk foods are “high in omega-6 fats, which we know to be immune-suppressing,” she notes. “Those foods can also increase your cholesterol.”

The key to healthy weight gain is resistance training plus extra helpings of beneficial foods. “Most people who are trying to gain weight are under-muscled,” Lammersfeld explains. “With our patients we use resistance bands. Those are good for people who travel a lot.”

Lammersfeld says CTC recommends a standard weight-maintenance diet consisting of balanced meals with complex carbs, whole produce, lean protein and low-fat dairy. She suggests consuming an additional 200 to 500 calories a day by eating every two to three hours. “I tell people the easiest way to do it is to add one serving from each of the food groups,” she says. “That should allow you to gain a pound a week.” Foods rich in both calories and nutrients include nut butters (almond, peanut, cashew), trail mix, protein shakes made with high-calorie ingredients such as bananas, kefir, low-fat cheese and avocados (including gua...

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