Okay, I realize there are a number of "thin guy trying to gain weight" threads. I have taken the information contained within those threads (basically, intake lots and lots of calories) and tried to use it in my diet, but am having some problems. To give an idea of my body type. I am not freakishly skinny, I would just say thin. Regardless, I am the type of person who used to dine on 2 fast food meals per day and a snack in the afternoon then dinner and ice cream. Never gained any noticable weight (i wasn't weighing myself, but I ate like that for quite a long time, with no visual change). Reverting back to the first paragraph, I cannot seem to intake enough calories a day to keep gaining weight. Before I started weight training and my new diet (about a month ago), I weighed in at 130. The first week I simply ate healthier than previously; when I went to weigh myself after this, I found I had lost 4 pounds (down to 126, how depressing...), then the second week I started eating a hefty amount of food (I think on average I was eating like, 3700+ calories a day). Well, at the end of that week (or perhaps the middle of the 3rd week), I had gained back 5 pounds, so I was now at 131. Since that weighing, I have slowed down my calories intake by about 1000 calories, give or take. As a result, I have now lost 1 pound, I am currently at an even 130. The reason for that was I could not keep eating all the food I did, I felt full all the time, which is not fun. I was wondering if there are certain foods that just help you gain weight, or just have a bunch of calories in them. Hopefully too, the food wouldn't be expensive (i.e. almonds = expensive. $4 for a 10oz can that is gone in 2 days). When I was taking in the 3700+ calories, this is what I was eating: ----------------------------------- Breakfast - Carnation Instant Breakfast shake (1 pack CIB, 1 cup ice cream, half/half ~ 400 calories); Plain Oatmeal (2 packets ~ 200 calories); Orange Juice (1 cup ~ 110 calories); In total ~ 710 calories for breakfast Mid-Morning snack - 1 Bagel with cream cheese and jelly ~ 350 calories Lunch - PB & J Sandwhich (lots of jelly + peanut butter ~ 300 calories); Protein smoothie thing (strawberries, pineapple, water, honey, protein powder, 1/2 banana, sugar. ~ 650 calories) Snack - 2 Frozen Chimichangas ( w/ sour cream ~ 800 calories) Dinner - w/e my mom made, or if not that, a frozen pizza or tv dinner, ranging anywhere from 300-750 calories generally. Dessert - Milkshake (1 cup whipping cream, 3 tablespoons chocolate syrup, 1.5 cups ice cream ~ 1100 calories). And for 4 days I had 5oz of almonds per day, which was something like another 850 calories per day ----------------------------------- So basically for that week I would take in anywhere between 3700-5000 calories. Now, for obvious reasons I stopped drinking the milkshake at night, because to be honest, I don't want to have a heart attack when I am 30. I also only drink the morning shake thingy on days that I workout (3 times/week), see previous reason. My dinner is still the same, my lunch is about the same (I'm getting lazy on making the smoothie). I no longer eat the almonds because they are expensive to purchase in that quantity. For breakfast I generally have oatmeal and oranje juice now. No more bagels, ran out. So now I would say I eat ~ 2400+ calories a day. So once again, my problem is that it is impossible to keep up the calorie intake that I had for that one week, not only because my body didn't like eating that much, but also because my wallet didn't like it either. Are there any foods you guys know of that are high in calories, and aren't as bad for you as say.... cream? (i.e. my morning and night shakes) and don't totally rid your wallet of the green stuff? Or any other tips on being able to eat a lot of food w/o feeling full all day? Any advice is appreciated. (As a side note, I have noticed an incredible small difference in my muscle definition in my arms after working at for maybe 2 to 3 times a week. I currently do medium weight with medium reps. What would be better for me? Average weight and lots of reps? Or heavy weight and little reps? I have gotten wind that I should do the latter) Thanks for stickin with the long post.