Safe Ways to Gain Weight (WMN.ph)

(This “Gain Weight” article was published in WMN.ph last July 2009)

Much has been said about weight loss matters and you can even see several shows about it on TV. Heck, there’s even a popular reality show about it.

But if you look at the other side of the spectrum, you’ll hardly see any program that features the topic of weight gain. Maybe there aren’t as much underweight people compared to overweight ones. But these people have a weighty concern, too (pun intended)-how to gain weight.

Here are three options to choose from:

1. Eat the Right Foods

The most obvious way to gain weight is by increasing your food intake. But don’t binge on those Krispy Kremes just yet. Yes, you can easily gain weight by eating donuts and other junk food, but that’s not a healthy way to do it. You’ll consume lots of fats and sugars, and that’s not good for your body. Choose healthier food options instead: lean meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. This way you’ll get all the nutrition your body needs.

How To Do It: Do a health and wellness assessment first. If possible, approach a nutritionist about it. You need to find out your height, weight, and describe your lifestyle (e.g. eating habits, leisure activities). Based on all these information, the nutritionist will recommend the foods you should consume and how often you should eat.

Possible Problems: You might be exposed to unhealthy foods at home or when you’re dining out. Just control your junk food cravings (say “no” to pizza). Also, managing your calorie intake could be a daunting task, so just be particular about your diet.

2. Drink Weight Gain Supplements

The easiest way to put on those pounds is to add some weight gain products to your existing diet. The easy part is mixing the drink and gulping it down. The hard part is choosing what to get from among the three choices: weight gain drinks, protein, and absorption products.

How To Do It: Research on what kind of supplement you need to make your weight gain program more effective. For instance, if you want to gain weight all over, you should guzzle some weight gain drinks to get the best results. If you want to increase your muscle mass, get the protein supplement. And if you need something to help your body take in all the nutrients from the food, then absorption products are for you.

Possible Problems: It could be confusing to select just one product with all the choices out there, and there are products that don’t stay true to their claims. There’s a risk that you might not get the right one you need, so do consult a doctor first before taking any supplements.

3. Do Resistance Training

Exercise is essential in gaining weight the healthy way, although this requires a lot of energy and effort compared to the other two options. But if you do some resistance training like lifting weights, you’ll be able to increase your muscle mass and get in shape at the same time.

How To Do It: It would be best to seek help from a trainer at the gym so he could tell you what kind of program you need and assist you as well. Schedule regular trips to the gym and just stay focused on your weight gain goal.

Possible Problems: You need access to proper equipment when you do your resistance training. It could get a little pricey if you buy your own or enroll at a gym, but you really need to spend some dough on it. You might also need to hire a personal trainer if you don’t know how to go about it.

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