We know quite a number of people won’t believe that there are actually people who would like to gain weight but cannot. Putting on a few pounds is a real challenge for some people, especially if they want to do it in a healthy way.
The biggest myth today is that gaining weight is easier than losing it. But what many people do not know is that, gaining weight the healthy way is tough and tasking for those heading towards this journey. This is because the stomach size of a thin person is small and increasing appetite is a challenge.
A major concern for people looking to gain weight is that even if the thin person has a proper appetite where they indulge in all sort of food possible, they are are still unable to gain weight. And more often than not, they end up gaining unhealthy fat which is way more dangerous for them than gaining weight.
Another concern for them would be gaining weight the right way which can be a bit tasking as weight gained should be evenly spread across the body and not concentrated in certain areas. Being underweight may be due to certain reasons like: bad eating habits, prolonged meal time, mal-absorption of food, prolonged diseases and eating disorders such as bulimia or anorexia.
It is important to note that gaining weight in an unhealthy way is more dangerous and could make you susceptible to diseases, this is because by indulging in unhealthy foods, you’re also creating a nutrition deficiency that can lead to lifestyle issues such as diabetes and thyroid. And no, being underweight does not necessarily mean that you have a health problem.
Check out these five (5) Healthy TIPs for those who are looking to embark on this weight-gain journey;
1. It is very important to eat healthy foods even when you are trying to gain weight. If you want to gain weight, just do it right. Taking soda and donuts may help you gain weight, but it can destroy your health at the same time.
2. You need to eat more calories than your body burns to gain weight. Aim for 300-500 calories per day above your maintenance level for slow weight gain or 700-1,000 calories if you want to gain weight fast. You don’t need to count calories for the rest of your life, but it helps to do it for the first few days or weeks to get a feel for how many calories you are eating.
3. Eat Plenty proteins. Protein forms the building blocks of your muscles. Eating sufficient protein is required to gain muscle weight instead of just fat. The single most important nutrient for gaining healthy weight is Protein. However, keep in mind that protein is a double-edged sword. It is filling, which may reduce your hunger and appetite significantly, making it harder to get in enough calories.
4. To gain weight, eat at least three meals per day and make sure to include plenty of fat and carbs at each meal.
5. It is very important to lift heavy weights and improve your strength as this will help you gain muscle mass instead of just fat. It is probably best to take it easy on the cardio for now — focus mostly on the weights. Doing some cardio is fine to improve fitness and well-being, but don’t do so much that you end up burning all the additional calories you’re eating.
Stay consistent with this healthy tips is the key to Long-term success to gaining weight.