Whether you're recovering from an illness, are a growing teen, or you are an athlete trying to bulk up, a little information can go a long way in helping you pack on a few extra pounds.
: Consult your physician before making major dietary changes.
Step 1: Pack it in Packing on pounds requires eating calorie-dense foods. Schedule three highly nutritious meals and several snacks throughout the day.
Step 2: Add calories Add calories to every meal and snack with healthy, high calorie foods, like avocados and nuts, and increase quantities of cereal, rice, pasta, and other carbohydrates.
TIP: Limit drinking filling beverages when you eat.
Step 3: Reduce cardio exercise Reduce cardio workouts that raise metabolism, but continue compound exercises to work the muscle groups, and eat following exercise sessions.
TIP: Get plenty of sleep to allow your body to balance insulin levels.
Step 4: Count your intake Count your nutrition intake to be sure you are getting at least 30 grams of protein, 60 grams of carbs, and 30 grams of fat each day.
Step 5: Use positive thinking Use the power of positive thinking and picture yourself at your ideal weight. With your goal in front of you, even if you hit a few setbacks, you'll stay on the path to health and fitness.
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