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The Healthiest Way to Gain Weight

By Joshua C Kozak Subscribe to RSS | May 29th 2012 | Views:

Most people aren’t very sympathetic to anyone trying to gain weight. With much of America battling obesity, being too thin doesn’t seem like a problem to many. But for those struggling to maintain a healthy weight or are trying to gain weight, it can be really difficult. A few of the top reasons to gain weight include health issues, lack of appetite, athletics, bodybuilding, or just trying to overcome a fast metabolism. If one is just a little underweight it is not medically viewed as a problem. But, if you need to gain weight it is important to do it the healthy weight, not by gorging.

To gain weight focus on eating healthy foods, because despite bad foods having more calories they lack the nutrition needed by your body. In order to gain weight you need calorie rich foods, but not foods high in sugar or empty calories. One should choose foods with vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and calories so each bite is packed with proper nutrition.

In order to gain weight you have to eat often. It doesn’t matter why you need to gain weight, the important part is to snack in between meals. Eat six times a day including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and three snacks. Each meal should contain a protein and carbohydrate. Every snack should be at least 150 calories. Eat 500 calories per day over your maintenance caloric intake to gain 1 pound per week. It’s often hardest for athletes to eat 500 calories over their maintenance.

Athletes looking to gain weight require the highest amount of calories to gain weight. The simple reason is because they usually are burning more calories than most. Athletes should eat protein at all three meals and at every snack. It’s important for athletes to refuel after every workout. This post-workout nutrition is imperative to sending the body into an anabolic, or muscle building state.

Many lose weight from illness through lack of appetite or certain disease conditions. It can be difficult to get proper nutrition during illness, most diets are inadequate in calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals.Drinking meal replacements can be a great option to reach your calorie and vitamin needs. Also foods that are easy to digest, loaded with good nutrition, and simple to prepare.

It can be hard to reach your caloric goals with a lack of appetite. When eating just doesn’t sound good, there are some tricks that can help spark your appetite. A pre-meal walk can be helpful to building hunger. If you aren’t hungry, then choose your favorite food to add some incentive. Also, adding your favorite spices to more bland foods can help. The most important thing to remember is eat often. Find foods that sound appetizing and techniques that you can implement into your daily routine.

Joshua C Kozak - About Author:
Joshua “Coach” Kozak has been a fixture in the world of health and fitness for over 10 years. Gain mass and size with HASfit's muscle building diet! New mass building back and biceps at HASfit!

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