There are a few different ways to gain weight using Absorb Plus elemental diet shakes – and the methods differ depending on whether you need to keep the shakes elemental (enteral diet) or whether you can add regular foods and liquids to the shakes (half elemental diet, or just using as a supplement to regular food).
Gaining Weight with Elemental Liquid Diet Shakes
If you are using Absorb Plus as your elemental liquid diet shake, then you can increase the calories per shake by just adding as much flax or Udo’s oil as you can tolerate (up to 1.5 tbsp per shake). This keeps the shake elemental (pre-digested) but increases the amount of calories per shake to 540 per shake. Then you just drink as many shakes per day as you can cram in (up to a maximum of 12). When I was on The IBD Remission Diet, I drank 8 – 9 shakes per day and went from 99 lbs to 135 lbs (of muscle – working out at the gym and riding my bike) in 6 weeks. So the quick way to figure out how many shakes you need to drink each day to gain weight, is to just start at 6 shakes a day and keep increasing until you see weight gain (the more shakes you drink, the faster you gain the weight).
Gaining Weight on a Half Elemental Diet or Using Supplement Shakes
Now, if you don’t need to be on a strictly elemental diet, then you can mix Absorb Plus with other liquids and thereby increase the calorie count of each shake even further. I don’t like to use soy milk (too much estrogen, depresses thyroid function and inhibits mineral absorption) or rice milk (high glycemic index). But there are several other great options you can use:
1. Raw cow, camel, or goat milk – unpasteurized milk from pasture-fed (not grain fed) cows, goats or camels. Raw milk from goats or camels seems to be better tolerated than raw milk from cows. But often raw milk from cows made into yoghurt is tolerated well.
2. Almond milk – if using store-b