There is so much emphasis on weight loss in todays culture that it is easy for people to forget that many out there are actually people out there trying to gain weight, not lose it.
There are many different reasons why someone might be trying to gain weight. Many people for example may become underweight due to medical problems, such as hormonal problems or digestive diseases.
Still others have a very fast metabolism, and are naturally thin, to the point where they may feel uncomfortable about their weight.
You may be one of the few athletes out there that is looking to pack on more pounds to appear muscular. Regardless of your reasons, gaining weight requires that you pay careful attention to your diet to gain weight in a healthy manner.
The key to gaining weight healthily is taking in more Calories per day than you expend. The number of calories you burn during a day will depend on a number of factors.
If you are an athlete, you likely burn more calories than someone who leads a relatively sedentary existence. A physically demanding job might also result in greater caloric expenditure every day.
Once you take into consideration your activity level, adopt the following tips, which will guide you through the weight gain challenge in a healthy way:
1) Eat foods that are high in good fats including those that come from fish, avocados and nuts. Avoid high calorie ' sweets' that will only add fat not muscle to your frame. You should also ensure that you are consuming adequate amounts of whole grains and proteins.
2) Take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement every day.
3) Exercise, particularly strength train. Strength training will help you build muscle mass, which in turn will help fill out your figure.
4) Try eating five to six smaller meals per day. Keep your body Full of high density and high energy foods that will keep you energized throughout the day.
The most important thing to remember is that it is possible to gain weight in a manner that is healthy. Remember above all else to stay away from foods that are highly processed, contain too much sugar or are full of saturated fats.
Beverley Brooke, Editor of Health & Finesse - Free health, diet and fitness articles and weekly newsletters http://www.healthandfinesse.com
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