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Ways To Gain Weight For The Non-Gainer!
by Juliette Lisa -- So your extended family are round for dinner and they gasp in horror at the amount you eat (loads) , which doesn’t stack up with the amount you weigh(little!)Let’s face it – we’re hated, slated and ….not really celebrated! So who’s for gaining weight in this scenario? WE ARE!
It’s not easy (if it was – we’d all be our ideal weight by now). However; if you refer to the age-old ‘eat more calories than you burn’ theory, you may well find you end up gaining a pound or two every once in a while – if you are determined enough to keep going with it. There simply isn’t a ‘quick-fix’ or a miracle medicine (Unless you find protein shakes work for you). Good old hard work and sheer determination is the only way.
Some foods/recipes to gain weight in a healthy way:
-Eating Peanut butter with everything (or most things) or just out of the jar! Consider organic or natural peanut butter to avoid all the sugar and other added bad stuff.
-Nuts in general (Unless you’re allergic to them)
-Smoothies or shakes consisting of just about everything you can find that is calorie dense! (For instance – bananas, nuts, seeds, other fruits, milk,..)
-Avocados (Some people dislike the bland taste but mixed in with other stuff it’s more bearable!)
-Lentils in pasta! (This is really wholesome)
-Potatoes, Rice, (and lots of it)
-Eggs and Fish! (Particularly oily fish)
Unhealthy ways to gain weight?
I used to eat a lot of snacks which weren’t classed as healthy so I won’t advise going down this route, as they contain a ton of salt and sugar which as you know just causes health problems in the long term, even though you may gain short-term. So things like chocolate bars, cakes, other desserts, potato chips(or crisps as we like to call them in the UK), fried foods from takeaway restaurants etc. although may seem appealing and like a sure fire way to pack on the pounds; you should always remember your organs need looking after too, not just your physical appearance!
There’s plenty more foods you can eat and try to gain weight with. The main thing is to make sure you eat wholesome meals, regularly, and aim to track your calories either by good old-fashioned noting the nutritional info, or using an App such as ‘MyFitnessPal’ which I find works great in giving you a rough idea of how many calories you should be consuming for either your weight loss or weight gain goals. It does get very tedious adding each item to the list, and after a while can be quite consuming. Not every item is available on the app either, in which case you shall have to ‘estimate’- particularly with home cooking.
It might help to eat little and often as opposed to the ‘3 main’ meals a day routine – as if you’re petite and thin, chances are your stomach will also be small and so forcing down huge portions won’t really help, but eating little and often(calorific foods as above) might be more beneficial!
Good luck!!! & remember not gaining anything isn’t a sign of failure – our bodies were obviously made to be slender. Just be you :)
Eat what makes you feel good, forget the rest!
I just came across a very great blog post on Aphrodite - that talks about the fact that human beings judge each other on appearance (what else is new?!) and therefore: on what we eat. It doesn't matter whether you're skinny, flat, fat, round, square: people will put a stamp on you. When you're grocery shopping, when you're ordering something at Starbucks, and even when you're out for dinner with friends.
Why is it okay to say “start eating” to those who are thin and not okay to “stop eating” to those who are obese? There are varying opinions being communicated to those who are naturally skinny when it comes to what they eat.
It's so true. I can't tell you the amount of times people have told me "you can eat whatever you want," or "maybe you should order the steak, you can use some extra weight." As a result, I became very conscious about what I ate in public. I didn't want people to think I had some sort of eating disorder, so I'd pass on the salad and order the hamburger instead (even if the salad seemed way more appetizing).
Through the years though (I know, I sound like I'm 87...), I found out that it's all about your own attitude. If you don't allow others to feel bad about yourself, they won't.
If you want to order the salad because you like goat cheese and lettuce, then order the damn salad. Let other people think whatever they want - you're the boss of your own body. Let's stop obsessing on what we look like - and start focusing on what we eat.
In the end, it's not your appearance that matters, it's your health.
So, eat what makes you feel good, do what makes you feel good, and forget the rest!
Top 3 Reasons To Exercise When You’re Skinny!
By Katrina Conte - We're always told that exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. Studies show that people who exercise regularly have healthier weights, lower cholesterol, better cognitive function, etc. But we're also told nowadays that people should exercise to lose weight. This can present a problem for those of us who either want to gain or maintain their weight. So what should you do?
You should still work out!
I know its discouraging when you talk about trying a new workout routine, you walk into a gym, or you go through the store check-out with work out videos and you hear "but you don't need to work out, you're skinny!" We all know that being skinny doesn't necessarily mean you are in-shape!
As a disclaimer, I am not a personal trainer or a nutritionist. Most of this blog is based on my own personal experiences. I'm not even a work-out guru! Ideally I'm involed in mixed martial arts (krav maga and kickboxing) and that is where my workouts mostly come from. But I am going to give you some reasons about why it's important for you to work out, even when you're thin (and I will give you some tips for getting started).
First Reason: Do it for your health!
Guess what, skinny Minnies and Mickies. No matter how slim you are, you still have muscles and joints, and they need to be used! Ever feel winded after going up a flight of stairs or dashing across a parking lot? I have, for sure! It means that your body is not being exercised correctly. It means that your physical endurance needs improvement. No worries, though, this can easily be remedied with a steady and consistent work out routine.
Being naturally thin does not mean that you never have to worry about high cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, or other illnesses that are sometimes associated with being overweight. In fact, this can be dangerous because those of us who are on the thinner side may not get these things checked out, thinking that our metabolisms will protect us! Like everyone else, we slender people need to keep a healthy diet combined with physical and mental exercises to keep both body and mind strong and sharp.
Worried about bulking up too much? Don't be. It's a myth that working out will turn you into Arnold Schwarzenegger! You will tone up, though. It's a great way to gain weight, actually, because firm muscle weighs more than fat. Just remember to increase your calorie intake so you can nourish those muscles and maintain a healthy weight!
Second Reason: Do it for your mind!
Working out is a great way to release endorphins in your brain, contributing to a better mood. When you're down, you may not feel like hitting the gym, but releasing that negative energy through physical activity will really help! It's a great stress release and a mood booster!
I participate in a very rigorous one-hour kickboxing workout about twice a week. It is HARD. This workout really pushes me to my limits, even when I do feel in shape. At least once a session, I want to give up and sit down. But I don't. Why? Because it is so much more rewarding to push through and then realize that you can make it, even when you don't want to. This is an important lesson that you can carry with you in any facet of your life! Giving up is easy, but pressing on even when you're tired and conquering that thing that almost defeats you is so much more fulfilling in the end! Your workout doesn't always have to be difficult but do challenge yourself sometimes!
Of course, this does not mean that you shouldn't know and respect your limits. Never work out to the point where you feel unwell or overheated. Take precautions, drink lots of water, and stop if you have to. If you feel faint or if you start to see white sports in your vision, stop what you are doing immediately and take a break! There is a difference between pressing on when things get challenging and hurting yourself by trying to do something way outside your limits! Overworking your body is just as harmful as under working it.
Third Reason: Do it to be an example!
People are going to be more likely to work out if they see their friends and loved ones exercising and enjoying it. Working out is good for everyone, big or small!
How To Get Started
- Determine what your workout style is. Do you want to work out in a group? In a gym with a partner? At home by yourself? Everyone is different. I prefer a group setting with involvement, and I want my workout to include self-defense, so martial arts was perfect for me. Also, working with people who are at more advanced levels that I am pushes me to work harder, as opposed to intimating me. On the other hand, I know people who would never be comfortable working out in a group and prefer to follow work out videos at home. Choose what's best for you!
- Make time. You may not have the time or even the desire to workout every day. Sometimes I only get in 2 one-hour workouts a week, though I try for 3-4. Frequency depends a good deal on what you want to get out of your workout, but the most I've heard recommended is at least 4 3o minute sessions a week. It is also recommended that you take at least 1 full day off from working out a week.
- Determine your health level. If you are very underweight and are feeling weak or overly tired, you may need to work on weight gain before you start a workout routine. Don't put too much stress on your body! Also consider a discussion with your doctor if you have conditions like asthma or anemia, so you can make sure you stay safe when you get started. And, no matter your health and fitness level, drink lots of water!!
- Don't let anyone get you down. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't need to work out. Do it because it's good for you, not because you should have to justify yourself to others! If anyone is truly concerned (some eating disorders may include obsessive, drawn-out, daily workouts, and you know that being thin already makes you a target for the anorexia label), don't get offended. Just calmly explain why exercise is important for your over-all health and well being! You only get one body so take good care of it. :)