Everybody is on a weight loss kick to reduce body fat and improve their health. This often leads to people maintaining a lower weight that is just as unhealthy as being over weight. This article will address how you can gain weight in a healthy way by simply asking yourself some simple questions that lead to a proper diet that achieves your goals without risking your overall health. Contrary to what the media would like you to believe, being at the low end of your weight class is not healthy, and you should do everything in your power to manage a nice weight without fat gain to ensure peak performance and a healthier lifestyle.
First, you need to ask yourself if you are getting enough protein. Protein provides the body with clean fuel as well as the nutrients that allow for muscle recovery and fighting off the feeling of tiredness. Our bodies often store carbs as fats if we take in more than necessary for future fuel use. This is where we get the mid-section bulge. Protein, on the other hand, while not effective in gaining weight directly, is clean, necessary to reduce and required to build muscle which does weigh more than fat and leads to weight gain.
Now, if you are at a lower weight, but have some body fat that needs to go, you may need to create a diet that is low in calories for a short period of time. You need to take in less than you burn in order to get rid of fat. That is the big secret and not special equipment or programs purchased at a store. By reducing the caloric intake, your body will use the low-cal protein to build muscle and in turn use fat for energy, as the starches and sugars are simply not in excess in your meals; thus, not being stored as fat in the body.
By lowering your caloric intake temporarily, you need to increase the amount you burn, and building muscle is a great way to do that as they need energy to grow. You do not need to become a gym rat, but simple routines with light weights and cardio work, walking or light jogging, will do everything you need to boost your caloric burning regimen and gain weight by muscle growth.
Always make sure your body is hydrated with water. Your muscles require it, it does add some slight weight gain, and you will be able to sweat out many toxins that leave you with minimal energy. We are talking about regular water and not flavored waters or those loaded with sugars that can be converted to fat.
Finally, ensure that you are getting all the vitamins you need to prevent unhealthy cravings and binges during the day. While we are trying to gain weight, we are doing so through muscle growth and a better diet, not bad habits and garbage consumables. Vitamins will leave your body feeling satisfied; thus, eliminating many of the cravings you experience throughout the day due to the caloric loss in this new diet.
By following these suggestions, you can be assured that weight gain is possible in a healthy manner. You are simply trying to land in the median weight for a person of your size and age, not too high and certainly not underweight. You will soon find that you not only look better, but you feel healthier than you have in many years.