Protein will help get your count up so long as it is lean.
Fattier cuts of meat will get your count up even faster. If the OP is looking to increase calories, fat is the best way to do it. Why would you recommend less fat?
I also eat three meals instead of five, as they say is the healthiest.
Who are "they"? Stop listening to "them." All that matters is the total calories you eat in a day. It doesn't make a difference if you eat them in 6 meals or 2. Do what works for you.
ekun, there are plenty of ways to increase calories without turning to junk food, & I disagree with the others suggesting low-fat stuff like veggies for your snacks. If you're already having trouble eating enough & you eat more stuff with lots of bulk & few calories like veggies, you'll end up feeling stuffed & still won't be able to meet your calorie target. Don't get me wrong, you should definitely eat vegetables. But eat them for the health benefits, because they won't help you get those calories up if that's what you're trying to do. Is there a particular reason you're avoiding the natural sugars in fruit?
Fat is the most calorie-dense of all the macronutrients at 9 calories per gram, so to up your cals with the least amount of volume, increase your fat intake.
Olive oil, butter, avocado, cheese, nuts/nut butters, fatty meats/fish are great ways to get healthy fats into your diet. Plus they are delicious.
If your calories are too low, try to break yourself of the erroneous mindset that you have to limit fat in order to lose weight, because if you're undereating this is simply not the case.
Eat some bacon!
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