You, my dear, are the 1%. No, not the target of Occupy Wall Street’s frustration and anger — the 1% of women who want to gain weight, rather than lose it. While that number is completely fictional (it’s actually closer to 10%), it sure feels that way, doesn’t it, when the world is full of weight loss tips with nary a single bit of weight gain advice to be found. As an ex-scrawny girl, I can help! Here are 20 tips on how to gain weight fast, and safely!
1. Rule One: Eat Healthily!
2. Make Sure There’s No Problem
3. Have a Goal Weight in Mind
Once you’ve gotten the go-ahead from your doctor to gain a pound or two, figure out a goal weight, and keep that in mind as you proceed with your diet. If you gain weight, then lose a little, then gain a little, it’s hard on your body and can cause all sorts of health problems.
4. Do The 70/20/10 Diet
Here’s a formula to try and remember as you plan your daily diet: aim for 70% of your calories to come from lean protein, 20% of your calories to come from carbs and 10% or less of your calories to come from healthy fats.
5. Do The Calorie Math
6. Try Mixed Juice
7. Avoid Drinking Right before Meals
8. Have a Small Snack before Bed
9. Enjoy Some Wine (to Stimulate Appetite)
Studies have shown that drinking an alcoholic beverage before a meal can stimulate your appetite, enabling you to eat a little more than you would normally. A small glass of wine, in moderation, can help you gain weight… who knew?
10. Snack Right, between Meals
If you’ve ever talked to anyone who’s dieting, you know they have a rule against eating between meals. But if you’re wondering how to gain weight fast, you know you can sneak in a few extra calories where the rest of the world tries to cut them — between meals! Indulge in a healthy snack between meals.
11. Add Some Cheese!
I am a big fan of cheese, so when I’m trying to gain a little weight, I’ll add shredded cheese to almost everything to add a few calories to each meal. Casseroles, soup, potatoes, omelets, sandwiches — almost anything’s better with cheese!
12. Indulge… Sort of
13. Calories Don’t Mean Fat And Sugar
I’ve been saying a lot about calories, so it’s important to make this clear — adding calories to your diet doesn’t mean adding just sugars (or high fructose corn syrup) and fats (like butter) to your diet.
14. Eat Larger Meals
We all know how ridiculously large serving sizes have become, but if you’re trying to gain weight, this may not be a bad thing! Try to add a little to each serving you eat. Don’t double it, of course, but add a little to your meals when you can.
15. Eat Less Often
Any dieter can tell you that to lose weight, you’ll want to go from eating 3 large meals a day to 5 small ones. Well, the opposite is true to gain weight. If you’re used to eating throughout the day, try to eat less often. It’ll help slow your metabolism, and help you gain weight.
16. Don’t Skip The Cardio
Remember when I said that to gain weight you needed to consume more calories than you burn? That’s not a free pass to avoid the gym. You’ll still want to reap the health benefits of a good cardio workout, so don’t skip it!
17. Add Weight Training
18. Quit Smoking
Here’s a truly easy way to gain a pound or two: quit smoking. Some of the chemicals in cigarettes are appetite suppressants, so removing them from your body will help you have a healthier appetite. Add this to the list of reasons to quit!
19. Ignore The Skeptics
20. Get Help
See? The dieters all struggling to lose weight don’t get all the tips! These tips are tried (by me) and true, and will help you gain weight safely and quickly. Which of these tips have you tried, and how did they work? Please share!
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