This may be odd for some. The conversation is usually how can we lose weight and get the body of our dreams. While that might be the case for some people there are a lot of people who are underweight or just stuck at a weight they don’t want to be at. I was one of those people not too long ago.
All throughout my development phase I was pretty much 100lbs for most of high school. On summer breaks I’d gain some weight and when school restarted I’d shed it all like a growing snake. It was hard. As I got older my eating patterns changed. Though I was still around the same weight I had a greater appetite for food and this was probably where my hangry behaviour started. But it wasn’t until I started university that I decided I wanted to gain weight seriously.
At the time I believe I wanted to 140lbs. A goal I formulated based on my BMI (I suggest you do the same). I came up with a healthy weight and decided to work toward it. I ate all I could, including junk food. I even went out of my way to drink and food supplement alongside my fattening meals (Chinese food). It didn’t work right away. But I saw results within a year or two.
In fact, my face was chubbier at that point than it is now. While I managed to gain weight I followed a few principles but there are a few methods I wish I paid attention to. Now that I know what to do and what I should’ve done I’m ready to share it with you.
Double your caloric intake
Easier said than done right? I know it’s hard. I’ve had quite a number of people ask me how I gained weight and my answer is always the same; I ate more. Usually whoever asks me the question is guilty of not eating enough. While I’ve gotten the question of how I gained weight all the time I’ve found that the persons who ask me don’t actually eat much. Or they binge eat.
It’s way better for you to eat smaller nutritious meals and snacks throughout the day. Turn your typical 3 meals a day into 6.
Start weight training
Build muscle while you pack on the pounds. That’s the one mistake I made on my weight gain journey. While I was working out 🏋️♀️ I wasn’t weight training. I only exercised with my body weight. I did squats, jumping jacks, lunges and planks majority of the time.
Weight training, particularly with heavy weights, helps you turn the food you eat into muscle and that’s what you want. A healthy weight means a balance of muscle and fat.
I suggest loading up on some calories for a few weeks first. That way you’ll notice whether you’ve gained any weight or not. Once you’ve proved your regimen works you can pile on the weights.
Eat healthy fats
Peanut butter and avocado are my best friends even though they don’t need to be anymore. Find fun ways to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Also, include lots of protein into your diet. Protein is the nutrient that is required for muscle to form. So do your research on how much you’ll need and find the types of protein foods you’ll enjoy.
Don’t drink before you eat
You can never have too much water in your life but when you’re on a weight gain journey save the water for after. Drinking your beverage before you eat will fill you up and leave you with less of an appetite for your actual meal.
Thus impeding your progress. For extra nutrients add a protein-rich shake to enjoy after your meal.
Have a good week.