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Gaining Weight


Weight loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Weight loss during treatment can make it harder for you to recover during and after your treatment. Gaining weight can be a slow process as your body uses lots of energy to recover from treatment. Be consistent with your food intake. talk with your team or Dietitian if you're having trouble gaining weight

Watch our gaining weight video for some tips on how to put weight back on

​​Key dietary strategies to assist with gaining weight:
  • Eat regular meals and snacks – try not to skip meals.
  • Eat foods that contain higher amounts of energy or protein (see overleaf for examples). Stock up on convenient snacks and meals to increase the likelihood of eating.
  • Include nutrition as part of your exercise regimen – this will help your body to recover and replace the calories you have burned.

Who can help?

Treating Doctor

Include high energy or high protein foods in your meals to add extra nourishment to your diet

Higher energy foods

  • Fats and oils
  • Cream
  • Avocado and olives
  • Carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, biscuits, potato, sweet drinks
  • Chia seed
  • Nut butters e.g. peanut butter
  • LSA


Higher protein foods

  • Cows milk and foods made from milk such as cheese, yoghurt, custard
  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Fish, seafood
  • Eggs
  • Soy milk, tofu
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes and lentils


High protein snack ideas

  • Crackers or bread with nut butters or cheese
  • Greek yoghurt with nuts and honey
  • Boiled eggs and cheese on crackers
  • Trail mix
  • Hummus with vegetable sticks
  • Smoothie or protein shake