If you want to gain weight in a healthy way (or even lose weight), then eating healthy fats is a must. One of the sources of these are avocados. You can eat avocados in different ways, either fresh straight up or you can add them to a wide variety of salads if you want. You can even mix them up in a mixer and drink them, maybe adding them to other fruits and making a refreshing drink for yourself. Avocados contain all kinds of good stuff: fiber, vitamins A, B, C, E, K, and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron and manganese. Above all however, the avocado is known as a prime source of healthy fats.
We all want to get big and strong, gain weight and muscle, and there are different routes that people take to get there. Some people take the steroid route and get big and strong fast, however this often has direct health effects later on in their life. Taking steroids was actually legal back in the day and many of the old school bodybuilders like Arnold freely admit that they did take them. However many of us decide to take the natural route. Even with the natural route, you can however take different supplements that are supposed to be safe and without any illegal substances. It turns out that sometimes they are not.
What is fast metabolism and what does it have to do with a person gaining or losing weight? Basically metabolism means the collective chemical processes that your body uses in order to convert the food that you eat into energy that the body can use to function. By eating, you ingest a certain number of calories and those are then broken down. The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is a term that is often used when discussing issues concerning weight loss or weight gain and refers to the rate at which your body breaks down food. This rate is measured at the time that the body is not engaging in physical activity (is at rest) and therefore measures the amount of energy that your body is using in order to sustain the basic life functions (things such as breathing and your internal organs such as the lungs, heart and others). A fast metabolism refers to your body breaking down food at a fast rate.
Many people wrongly assume that the BMR = maintenance calories. That is not so. BMR (basal metabolic rate) is the amount of calories that your body needs just to function. That means to sustain all the vital organs like the heart and the basic functions like breathing.
Most people, besides breathing and staying at rest, also do other things during the day, like walking and sometimes even being active. 🙂
All these activities require a greater expenditure of calories than the BMR. So in order to change your weight you need to find what your MAINTENANCE calories are. Maintenance calories are your BMR calories + the amount of calories that you expend throughout the day on going around doing your daily activities (for example walking or doing sports).
If your goal is to gain weight, then you should eat more calories than your maintenance calories. For people that are trying to lose weight, they should first calculate their BMR and their maintenance calories. After that they need to eat less calories than their maintenance calories, but still more than their BMR.
Free BMR Calculator to calculate your BMR (basal metabolic rate):
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One of the best foods to bulk up and gain weight is steak. I try to eat it as often as I can. Unfortunately I am not much of a cook, so I usually try to eat out. When cooking and eating at home, I use one of those little two-sided grills (similar to a Foreman grill) to cook my meats. A very potent combination is steak with brown rice. When you have this combination, you get a lot of very good calories that help you bulk up and grow muscles.
There are many people who want to bulk up and gain weight. Whether you are a bodybuilder who wants to get bigger or someone naturally skinny, here are 5 tips that you should follow in order to achieve that goal:
Tip 1: Eat More
This is a no-brainer. If you want to bulk up and gain weight, you need to eat more. Try to determine how many calories you are eating on average right now and add 500 more per day. Remember to eat clean. Your caloric intake should consist of healthy carbohydrates, protein and healthy fats. Remember that healthy fats should be a part of the diet as well, as they are necessary for the body. Sources of healthy carbs are for example brown rice or sweet potatoes, while an example of a source of healthy fats is avocados.
Tip 2: Do Compound Lifts and Lift Heavy
The number 1 mistake many newbie lifters and skinny guys make is that they do a lot of isolation exercises (for example for biceps). Isolation exercises are for experienced lifters who want to carve up and isolate different muscles. If you want to grow, you need to do compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts and bench presses. Compound exercises hit various muscle groups and are needed for the body to grow. If you want your body to grow, then your exercise plan needs to rely heavily on compound exercises, no matter if you are a beginner or more experienced. Also don’t forget to periodically up the weight you are lifting. Your reps for all of these exercises should be in the 6 to 12 rep range. Try to do 3 to 6 sets of each of the exercises. Most of your exercises should be done using free weights. If you are a beginner, you can start off with a full-body routine, which you repeat 3 times a week, keeping at least a day of rest between each lifting day. A short, intense workout is much more effective than a longer one.
Tip 3: Drink Lots of Water
On average, a man should drink 2 liters of water a day (an average woman should drink around 1.6 liters). On exercise days, that should go up to 3 to 4 liters. Staying hydrated is a key requirement for a healthy body and also for bulking up.
Tip 4: Get Plenty of Sleep
Your body grows during sleep and that’s why getting a good rest is very important. Try to go to sleep around 11pm and try to get 8 to 9 hours of deep sleep.
Tip 5: Stay Focused
You will never achieve top results if you just mess around and don’t stay focused on what you are trying to achieve and the process of getting there. Set up a plan and try to follow it. Don’t make excuses!
Good luck! 🙂
If you want a more detailed guide on how to gain weight, where all the points are explained in more detail, read the article below: