Healthy Foods To Gain Weight – Why can’t you do it?
Some people just have the worst time gaining weight. Overloading carbs just won’t work. You feel like you’re eating enough, but it doesn’t seem to work!
I’m like you. Before now, I have weighed under 150 lbs almost my entire life. Mind you I am 6’3. Not exactly a healthy weight for my overall size.
After trying Carb loading, Protein packs, supplements. I was done. Just so done. The solution is a little more complicated than initially thought.
I had to do a lot of research in order to properly understand why I wasn’t gaining weight
despite what the all-powerful internet told me.
Allergies or Minor Intolerance
I found out using an online blood kit that I have a minor allergy to milk. Who knew? Because of this, my body doesn’t process milk like other peoples.
Despite the fat, protein and carb loaded liquid it is. I would just get bloated and have a bad time in the bathroom later. Learning about stuff like this really changes your perspective on what you should eat.
So the first bit of advice, learn what you might be allergic to using a blood kit or something similar.
You can find ways to test allergies all sorts of ways online. I highly recommend looking that up.
Just as quickly as I found out I was allergic to milk, is just about as quickly as I stopped buying it. With this information, I also lost what I thought might be my only ticket to gaining weight quickly.
I started buying supplements instead. As it turns out, they are made with whey protein, a derivative of milk. So I had to stop with that as well.
Scanning the supermarket to try to find something that might be of used to help me gain weight was a giant pain in the butt. I wanted something healthy, but also jam-packed full of nutrients, that was also light on my tummy. Turns out… That doesn’t exist.
I learned to gain weight I need three main things in droves.
Doing more research revealed that different sciences classify different foods as junk and simply rule them out. That goes for Diets too.
Define Junk Food
Overall, junk food is hard to really definitively identify. Is it based on sugar? Trans fat? Taste? Who knows. Just stick with whole foods generally. This also has to do with a net gain of calories.
Most people don’t know about “Empty Calories” Yes, you can have calories that do nothing for you. This is mostly sugars though. So don’t worry about getting empty calories from your sausage egg and cheese breakfast.
This was a nightmare! To some diets, you simply can’t eat fats. Not even the healthy ones. Others you load up on fats and protein and cut all the carbs. This was the biggest headache of all.
Simply trying to find out the balance of the three things I know I need.
So I started experimenting. I put minimums on each of my categories, Fat, Protein, and carbs. I started them all at 200 Grams.
Over the period of a year, I slowly decreased one at a time to see how my body reacted to the change. I found that having 40% fat and 50% protein and 10% carbs worked wonderfully for me. But I know it’s going to be different for you.
A lot of the time we can safely assume that vegetables and meats are not junk food. Anything that strays from that area is probably not the best for you. So my diet consisted of these
things(Avoiding so-called junk food)
- Lots of beef, pork, and chicken. Nothing fancy
- I tried fresh and frozen. Either works just use lots. I mean ALOT
- I enjoy using Olive oils as a dressing. But also cook with more whole fats like sausage and bacon grease.
Truth is, it’s about healthy caloric density. How much can you cram into one meal and how often can you eat. Solve that and you will be gaining weight. Lots of meat and a lot of veggies will really never go wrong. With this, you can pretty easily support yourself and your weight.
How active you are and how it will limit your weight
Your net gain of calories determines if you are going to gain weight. We all know that cardio workouts burn calories more than just about any other exercises.
I once worked at a fast food place as a manager.
So, you have to ensure that you aren’t burning all of your calories because that would cause you to be at an overall loss of fat and energy in your body. Coincidentally, have a net loss of calories is a weight loss strategy. So don’t do that.
And as a manager, I got free food. Now, every meal(I got two because I worked long shifts) I would get a burger with 4 patties and two large sides and an ultra large soda with extra flavoring. But despite eating this twice a day for 2 years I never even went above 150 lbs.
This was due to my activity level.
While working I would run and slide all over the place delivering meals and cooking things.
There were cars outside in the parking lot I had to run to and all sorts of things I had to take care of. I was doing intense cardio all day 6 days a week. This led to no strength gain and no weight gain.
In order to use everything effectively, you must master what your body considers exercise. if you run all the time, expect to eat more and don’t be too surprised if you don’t pack on weight.
But if you are doing strength training while eating tons, this just might be your ticket to packing on pounds.
So really it depends on the types of activities you engage in vs the amount you engage in them. Light cardio and more strength training will increase the effectiveness of the mass amounts of protein in your body. You have to find a balance that fits for you.
Can you afford to gain weight?
Food is expensive. You might think about a nice platter from your local diner costing $20 or 10 lbs of beef costing exactly the same amount.
This is the true comparison that you need to look at. Never eat out. You can buy the ingredients cheaper and in bulk. You’ll need it in order to increase your caloric intake.
Ensure that you won’t spend too much by setting limits on your shopping trips and nights out.
Easily fixed and not too bad of a solution when it comes to tight cash.
In closing, all you need to do is split up your Fats, Carbs, and protein into percentages and test them at different levels and Weight yourself every week to test how it affected your weight. That will most likely lead you to your best results.
You must find your own balance. But it is still a good idea to eat whole foods. Anything That looks snacky or sugary just stay away from it. It’s not good for you. No matter how much junk food you eat, you will never gain healthy weight from it.
Eat meats, veggies and good fats like olive oil and coconut oil and definitely add some meat oils in there when cooking eggs or veggies.
Increase your caloric density of the meals you eat. Your body needs to eat more to gain more.
But most of all, keep an eye on your training methods in the gym. Lower your cardio and ramp up the strength training. Your body will adjust accordingly!