Okay, so lots of us are working our butts off at the gym, tying our teeth to curb that large appetite and doing all sort of things just so we can lose weight, but hey, almost unbelievable as it may sound, there’re some others out there who will do almost anything to add some weight!
In as much as being obese is rightly frowned upon following health risks and all, being underweight is just as bad. That said, trying to add weight is a whole lot tricker than it sounds; especially when you want to do it the healthy way. Struggling on that side of the fence? Don’t sweat it; Be sure to stick to these rules and you’ll be gaining weight faster than you can imagine:
Food diary helps tons
Keep track of what you eat and learn more about your eating habit with a food diary; this helps identify places where calories need to be added, helping you adjust and make necessary changes in diet.
Ditch “low-cal” label foods
Review your kitchen cabinet/ fridge and stuck up on higher-calorie foods; Eating too few calories for a prolonged period of time can cause you to become underweight which leads to low immunity … so you’ve got to avoid that; Love breakfast cereals, meatballs pasta, peanut butter, chocolate, milk, cheese, rich dressings and other diet high in calories and you’re good to go. In essence, eat more calories than your body needs and burns.
Quality not quantity is the watch word
Just because you’re trying to add weight doesn’t mean you should gobble down burgers, chips, and milkshakes, instead go for nutrients based foods and desserts like; frozen yogurt, oatmeal cookies, whole-wheat pasta, fruits and vegetables, nuts, and lean protein. This will make your weight journey a whole lot healthier.
Never ever skip meals
You’re trying to gain weight so you can’t afford to miss meals – Eat frequently! Yes that might sound tiresome as you tend to feel full fast when you start introducing more calories into each meal, however it is often advised to aim for at least three different food groups at once; you could balance; beans, vegetables, milk. Generally eat regular meals, spaced about three to five hours apart and remember – Consistency is the watch word.
Snacks contrarily can also help prevent feeling over stuffed during meal time. Calorie-dense options like nuts, cheese, avocados, and whole grain crackers do the trick effortlessly.
Late night snack
Fun huh? Not everyone has liberty to munch away at night without paying dearly. If you’re trying to add weight eating late at night before you hit the bed gives your body adequate nutrients to work with as lots of healing takes place at this time; a small of pasta salad, chopped or shredded veggies, and a lean protein such as beans, chopped chicken breast or an organic crumbled cheese is just fine.
Smoking is a NO No
Did you know that smokers tend to weigh less than non-smokers? Quit smoking and say hello to your new found fabulous curves!