There are many people who actually want to put on weight, not lose it. These people are usually those that are very thin because their metabolisms work very quickly and they are therefore unable to gain weight. Other people who want to gain weight are those people that are interested in bodybuilding, because they need to gain weight in order to turn it into muscle.
The secret to successful weight gain is to choose calorie dense foods to eat.
Calorie dense foods
These kinds of foods are usually high in far and sugar do to the fact that all protein and carbohydrates have four calories per gram, while fats have nine per gram.
Common calorie dense foods are things such as meats, candy bars, rice crackers, cookies, potato chips, fried food, soda drinks, beer, and ice cream. They are high calorie foods because they contain a lot of sugar and fat usually.
However, there are ways to intake a lot more calories while eating healthy at the same time.
Consuming calories should not be the only important thing, they need to be consumed while looking at the nutritional value of the foods.
Fibrous carbohydrates and vegetables like lettuce, cucumber and broccoli are very low in calories, because they are high in fiber, and therefore, the body does not do a good job of absorbing the caloric content.
These types of vegetables also have a high water content.
However, there are some healthy fresh foods that are high in calories. Simple carbohydrates are the best ones. Fruit juice is a good thing to drink, and it is even better than eating fruit, because it is more concentrated in juice form and it contains less fiber that way.
While an orange will give a person about 60 calories, orange juice will provide a person with about 160.
Complex carbohydrates also should be consumed. These include whole grains, pasta, cereals, beans, potatoes and rice, because they are rich in calories, but also not bad for a person’s health.
A regular serving of pasta will contain close to 100 calories, making it a great food for people who are interested in gaining weight.
Also, in very small amounts, unsaturated “healthy” fats are good for the healthy and will help with weight gain. One tablespoon of flaxseed oil and two tablespoons of peanut butter will add 500 calories to the diet.
Protein supplements are also good for gaining weight in a healthy manner, because it is often hard to eat enough protein in everyday meals through food. Weight gain supplements like soy or whey protein shakes are great for people who want to add more calories to their diets. It is important to make sure that the shakes are a good mixture of proteins and carbs and that they also do not contain too much sugar.