Ask anyone the simple question: How to gain weight? and I guarantee you that their answer will be just as simple: Eat more! It is stating the obvious, but you do need to eat more to gain more. Eating matters.
It is all very good (and easy) to dish out advice like that. It’s when it comes to taking this advice up and following it, that things get a bit tricky. Take me for example. I’ve been skinny for all my life (well, except when I was a baby) and eating has never been a priority for me. I don’t do breakfast, have a sandwich for lunch and a meal out of a packet for dinner. Never worried about my five-a-day and drinking plenty of water. In fact until recently I only drank bottled water.
I’ve always wanted to have a better body: put on a bit of weight and build some muscles. I know that in order to get that better body, I need to eat and workout. Easier said than done. I find it really difficult to commit to any diet. I don’t mind preparing and cooking food. It’s the eating itself that puts me off. I wish there was a pill I could take instead of a meal.
Over the past year or so, I put on 3.5 Stone (about 22kg). Yes, I managed to go from a very skinny 10.5 Stone (about 64kg) to a normal 13.5 Stone (about 86kg).
Eating – small portions often
Gaining weight is not just a simple 12 week programme in which you down as many calories as you can take. It’s a long term change of your eating habits. It doesn’t stop as soon as you hit your target weight.
It’s common knowledge that you need to eat small meals, packed with protein and good carbohydrates, every 2-3 hours. If you are having difficulties digesting all that food, start small. Make sure that in the first week of your weight gaining diet, you have the three main meals of the day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Add some in-between meals in the second week.
If your budget and health allow it, try to take protein shakes before and after workouts, and before you go to bed. There are many brands offering a variety of supplements. Approach them with care. Don’t buy one just because you like the look of the guy who advertises it. Go on websites that specialise in supplements (such as www.monstersupplements.com)and read the reviews about this product. Order a sample to make sure you are happy with the taste and you don’t experience any discomfort taking it.
What are your tips on eating?