What are some healthy ways to gain weight?
Topic: What are some healthy ways to gain weight?
January 18, 2020 / By Kori Question:
I am 22 year old guy and only 120. I have been skinny all my life and I am really frustrated.
Ideally, how many pounds is healthy to gain in a week/month/4months? I am a vegetarian and I definitely think it is one of the reasons for me being skinny however I know many other vegetarians who are healthy.
What are some ways to motivate yourself to not skip meals which I tend to do but want to stop doing? Any suggestions and insights are appreciated. Thanks.
Best Answers: What are some healthy ways to gain weight?
Ingram | 4 days ago
) Consume more calories then you're burning everyday and measure your results using the following formula: Calories Consumed minus Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) minus Physical Activity. Get a fitness calculator that you can put on your cell phone and computer. This will allow you to easily calculate this formula, log your daily calorie consumption, and register your physical activities.
*2) Eat natural and organic foods found on earth versus something created by a corporation to make money. Eat meals in small portions throughout the day and take a good multi-vitamin supplement.
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*3) Exercise on most days by doing cardiovascular training and/or resistance training activities.
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*4) Get plenty of sleep. Sleep experts say most adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimum performance, health, and safety.
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Originally Answered: Healthy Ways to Gain Weight?
Eat a lot of:
Meats, bread, bagels with cream cheese, whole milk, pizza, grilled cheese or any grilled sandwiches, fried foods, bars of butter instead of the spread kind.
Basically just eat fatty foods that are still remotely okay for you. Remember to watch out for your cholesterol. Also think of your future; although you think it would look more appealing to gain some weight, it is healthy to be your size. The more you weigh, generally, the more likely heart conditions, blindness, strokes, etc. are in your future. Maybe try to gain the weight, and then eat well again and you should be perfectly well!
You probably have a high metabolism. You're genetically predisposed to be skinny. I've been skinny my whole life too, even when I still ate meat. I actually recovered some of my weight when I became a vegetarian. Being a vegetarian probably has nothing to do with you being skinny, unless you're not eating a good variety of foods, but I'm guessing the real problem is what you said, that you skip meals. I suggest you try some vitamins to increase your appetite and try to maintain a somewhat strict schedule for your meals. Use an alarm clock or something like that to grab your attention away from whatever distractions would make you skip your meals and tell you it's time to eat. I should take my own advice here actually, because I'd also like to gain some weight, but I often sleep whole mornings and skip breakfast, which is arguably the most important meal of the day because it prepares your body for the day ahead and gives you energy, and with it, appetite. This happens mostly during the holidays, because during school I always eat breakfast and very often a good brunch (between breakfast and lunch, if you're not familiar with the term) or two! I hope this helps. Good luck with everything and kudos for being a vegetarian.
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You should do what the bodybuilders do- lift weights 3 times a week, eat 6 meals per day and eat more calories each day than your maintenance requirement- 500 to 1000 per day more. You need to record your food intake and your exercises in a diary or log.
Your motivation must come from within yourself. Set a goal that you really want- ie weigh 150 and look ripped for instance. When you have a goal that you really want, you will have enough motivation.
You can find weightlifting advice on bodybuilding.com and such. There are many famous vegetarians that are bodybuilders like Bill Pearl for inspiration. You do not need to become hardcore, but just enough to get what you really want. Hope this helps.
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I would suggest working out. If you're a vegetarian, I'm assuming you eat healthy and make up for the essentials we need from the meat we eat. So just hit the weights.
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Peanut Butter, oils and carbs! You need to up your Calorie intake by at least 1,000...you should be getting 4,000 to 4,500 AT LEAST. This may be hard for a vegetarian BUT you can make it easier with peanut butter, oils and carbs. Try to stay healthy though. Add healthy oils to every meal (1 tbsp. flax oil or olive oil), and add peanut butter to EVERYTHING. for example: waffles or pancakes with peanut butter and honey in the morning, peanut butter and jelly for lunch, celery and apples and peanut butter for snack, peanut butter cookies for desserts...and then add carbs..lots of carbs inbetween meals. It's easy to eat bread and peanut butter between meals, or for even more healthy calories, peanut butter and bananas! A great healthy, natural carb that has a lot of calories are sweet potatoes and yams! Good luck!
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Originally Answered: Healthy ways to gain weight?
To gain weight in a healthy manner, you need to try to up your protein intake. Some foods that are vegetarian but that have a lot of protein are: eggs, peanut butter, nuts, beans, and dairy products. Try to eat more of these foods.
In the meantime, continue to get exercise. Strength traning is very good. Ideally you want to burn fat, while increasing your lean muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat, so by doing this you still should be able to gain weight, but you won't be gaining lots of fat, just toned muscle.