Healthy Weight Gain

August 21, 2012 at 2:01 pm Leave a comment

Yes, it’s true. Not everyone is trying to lose weight. Sometimes people may need to gain or regain weight for various reasons, including recovering from a serious illness or lengthy hospitalization or being underweight.

Gaining or regaining weight can be just as difficult as losing weight. But when done in a smart, healthful way, many of the same basic principles apply to both gaining and losing weight.

Here are some tips on gaining muscle or bone mass without adding extra fat:

  • Be realistic about your body type. Genetics play a major role in physical build and musculature. With increased food intake and weight training the body can change, but you’ll never be able to turn a runner’s body into that of a linebacker.
  • Steer clear of gimmicks and supplements. There are almost as many products advertised for “miraculous” weight gain as there are for weight loss. The smartest advice is the same in either case: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably won’t work.
  • Focus on quality first, quantity second. The secret to healthy weight gain is to make all your calories as nutrient-rich as possible. Consuming more empty-calorie foods like soft drinks, candy and chips is not a successful way to build muscle, strengthen bones or repair tissue after surgery.

Source: American Dietetic Association

Entry filed under: Managing your health, To Your Health.

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