Have you ever heard bodybuilders talking about wanting to gain weight and wondered what on earth they mean? Most people think of gaining weight as gaining fat, which, for body builders, or any other health conscious individuals for that matter, is not quite the idea! Gaining weight, assuming you're more interested in being fit than being fat, means looking to gain muscle weight/mass.
Far from being a matter of simply eating large amounts of food, gaining weight, the good way, is less about how much food you eat than about what you eat, and how you utilize what you eat. Eating more carbohydrates is an obvious first move when gaining weight is your goal. When adding muscle is also part of the plan, carbohydrates give you the energy you need to be able to lift weights... or indulge in whatever form of physical exercise your personal fitness program dictates.
If you choose to work out with weights, increasing your muscle mass requires either lifting progressively heavier weights, or increasing the number of repetitions for each specific exercise. Don't force yourself to lift weights that you cannot handle; lift weights that are heavy enough so that you can do at least 5 to 10 repetitions, per set, using that weight. Once you can do 10-12 sets using a certain amount of weight, you might advance to heavier weights or increase the repetitions, as you choose.
Fill up on carbohydrates before you work out. Porridge, milk, bananas, whole grain breads, brown rice and such foods all boost your energy and have high amounts of fiber, which is why they are great options for anyone wanting to gain weight. Once you are done working out concentrate on eating lean proteins; Beef, eggs, chicken, veal, and fish are good options where proteins are concerned. These are all foods that help reduce the wear and tear of your muscles, which is essential for good recovery after exercise.
Finally, a sensible attitude to sleep is as important as the food you eat. Plenty of rest allows your muscles to recover and grow, so that you regain your strength and are ready to continue the regimen of healthy eating and exercise. And ready to gain the weight you want... the good way.
Following these simple steps will help you to get closer to your goal and towards having the body you always wanted. Well, get started now!