Some people, like me, have trouble gaining weight. For most of my youth, I was a skinny guy, even though I worked out on a regular basis, lived an active lifestyle and ate large quantities of food on a regular basis. It didn’t matter if I ate healthy food or junk food, I was unable to gain weight. I couldn’t gain muscle mass no matter what workouts I tried and I couldn’t gain fat no matter how much junk food I gulped down.
Now that I am older, and have the benefit of my own experiences, I have learned some things that have helped me to gain weight naturally.
- Exercise – Workout less and use more weight. The goal is to achieve exhaustion of the muscle tissue in just a few reps. This method tells the body to produce more muscle tissue. It is especially important to use good form when using this technique.
- Eat more nutritionally dense foods – Rich plant based oils and protein sources such as nuts and seeds are great for helping to provide your body with sufficient nutrients for growth and building mass.
- Slow down – Make better decisions, Work more efficiently, Find ways to stop occasionally and smell the proverbial roses.
One thing that I believe has helped me to gain weight and to become more of a stockier kind of guy is that I have simplified my life in many ways. I was wasting a lot of physical and mental energy on meaningless things and as I learned to let go of things that weren’t important, I was left with the things that mattered most to me. I also was able to conserve my own energy. Our bodies use energy to grow and to build more mass.
Another important thing for gaining mass is to build a stronger digestion. Building a stronger digestion is possible by eating more fibrous foods and eating more foods with enzymes, like papaya, pineapple and raw ginger. Some excellent sources of natural protein are:
- Rice bran
- Leafy greens
Natural protein is easier to digest and benefits your body by providing nutrients like magnesium, iron, tocopherols, zinc, etc. Make sure you’re getting a balance of amino acids by eating a variety of natural proteins and you’ll be more likely to see muscle gains when you work out.