[dropcap]B[/dropcap]eing on any kind of diet is a challenge. There’s no question about it. A weight gain diet is no exception. Whether you eat little and often or stuff yourself for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack in between, is a tough call. The only way to make it work and see results is to adapt it to your lifestyle and habits. In other words: you need to make your own weight gain diet.
That’s certainly what I did in order to gain half of my weight and go from a mere 60  to 90kg [198lbs] in about two years. Here’s my story:
My problem with weight gain diets
I shall never forget the first time I went on a “proper” weight gain diet. I had a good portion of porridge for breakfast which I made with milk, honey and blueberries. It was my first porridge EVER. I had it all but it took me a long time to finish it. Two hours later I made myself 4 scrambled eggs. That was a challenge and I still remember feeling really full and unable to hold it all in.
Another 2 hours later and I had a can of tuna with boiled pasta, some vegetables and olives. Needless to say that, again, I struggled to eat it all. It was the first time I had tuna out of a can too and, I don’t know about you, but I find its smell (to this day) quite overpowering.
After that, I had a toast with peanut butter and a banana. That was OK although it took me a while to finish. Once again, until then, I had never had peanut butter in my life.
I made myself salmon parcels and brown rice for dinner. The salmon was lovely but not so sure about the brown rice. I finished it all, though.
To finish the day, I had cottage cheese and blueberries. It was the best meal of the day and I loved eating it. It is, to this day, my favourite snack ever. You’ve guessed it, up until then, I hadn’t had cottage cheese either.
The following day, I felt really full and quite ill from all that food and calories. Of course, I decided to take it easy and not eat as much. By “as much” I mean next to nothing: no breakfast, a small sandwich for lunch and a light meal for dinner.
My weight gain diet solution
I tried to stay on this diet many times but I couldn’t do it for more than a day or two. It was obvious to me that if I was to succeed, I needed to adapt this weight gaining diet to my taste, lifestyle and needs. The first thing I did, was to replace most of these really heavy (for me) meals with protein shakes.
I did some research and read lots of reviews before I decided which brand and products were best for me. I went for a “designer” brand and ordered a whole month’s worth of protein supplements. I got a weight gainer and a muscle builder.
It cost a fair bit and not wanting to waste all that money, I stuck to drinking the protein shakes. I had 2 weight gainers per day plus 2 muscle builders every other day when I did some bodyweight exercises.
Eating was a challenge but drinking all these shakes wasn’t exactly pleasant. That wasn’t helped by the fact that neither of them tasted good. They tasted like chemicals and I was never able to mix them without any lumps. Nevertheless, I stuck to it and drank them until I finished the last scoop.
I also changed the food that I consumed. I had two cans of tuna with pasta for lunch and chicken or salmon with broccoli or asparagus for dinner. I also replaced my coffee with lots of green tea (I drank 4-5 cups of it a day). I also tried to have cottage cheese with frozen blueberries as a pre-bed snack most evenings.
Downing all the shakes as well as eating was tough for me. I didn’t like either of them. I wish I could go back to my old days: a cigarette (or more) with strong coffee for breakfast, an energy drink, more coffee and a sandwich for lunch (on the occasions when I had lunch). By dinner time I would have nearly 20 cigarettes and 4-5 cups of coffee.
I didn’t go back to my old eating habits and I am now glad I managed to make that change. It took a long time but it was worth it. My only regret is that I worked out more. The few bodyweight exercises that I did were not enough to convert the extra weight into muscle. That’s my next challenge: converting the extra weight into lean muscles. Yes, I know that it will take time and yes, I know that I should’ve done it while I was gaining the weight.
[quote_box_center]I also know that if I was able to gain the weight that I did, I will be able to get lean. It may take me a while but I have my mind set on it already.[/quote_box_center]