You don’t want to get fat when you add pounds – you want to gain weight and muscle at the same time. By now, you know that what you eat plays a pretty big part in adding on pounds in a sensible, healthy way.
By bringing exercise into the picture, you can take those pounds on to make your body look bigger but shapely at the same time. First, you’ll want to eat different – to eat a lot – but that food needs to be items that are known to create muscle mass.
There’s no way around getting in the extra calories. You just have to eat more if you want to go from too lean to just right for you. Take a look at what you’re eating. To prevent feeling too full, eliminate empty calories from your diet.
Empty calories can be found in foods such as diet snacks or in diet sodas or other diet beverages. These foods and drinks can make you feel full, but they don’t help you accomplish any headway in gaining weight – so let them go for now. Once you reach your goal, you can always go back and add them to your diet plan if you’d like.
Using food to gain weight and muscle is the first step to concentrate on. Search for foods that are higher in calories. You’ll be able to tell which ones are higher in calories by reading labels, by checking with the glycemic index chart and by asking for calorie counts for foods that have no label (such as when you dine out at a restaurant).
Add avocados to the dips you use for your chips or crackers. A small avocado has over 300 calories and yet it’s a healthy fat. You can even turn the avocado itself into a tasty dip and you’ll get more of the calories that way. Sprinkle plenty of cheese on your salads, in your soups and add nuts to your salads to add up the calorie count.
Proper exercise is crucial when you want to gain weight and muscle but just what constitutes ‘proper?’ That’s any form of exercise that causes you to build muscle without losing pounds.
Lifting weights is one type of exercise that you can do. Start slow if you’re not used to lifting and build yourself up until you’re comfortable. If you find that you’re easily lifting the weights, then they’re not heavy enough.
You should be able to handle the weights, but be more than ready to be finished when the last repetition is complete. Remember that some strain is normal, but you shouldn’t be in pain. If you are, back off and go a little easier. Take some more time to build up to the level you need to be at.