Preparation and Clean Eating are Keys to Gaining Weight

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Question: I am trying to gain weight. Should I add in weight gain shakes, eat more fast food since it is loaded with calories or eat larger amounts of clean food to gain the size I want?
Answer: In off-season training, your diet still needs to remain relatively clean. Sure you can loosen up and have some of the foods you like but to simply add in random high-calorie, low-nutritional value foods is a big no-go. You still are what you eat. Fast foods, though they possess the potential calories you need for growth, their macronutrient breakdown is way too high in fat and carbs and too low in protein. They contain few micro-nutrients, little or no nutritional value and basically no antioxidants. They are simply fillers and a waste of stomach space.
As difficult as it may be at first, you need to prepare an eating schedule and stick to it which means meal planning and advance food preparation. With nutritious foods available, you won’t be forced to skip meals of tempted by fast food. In this growth phase of your training skipping meals is not an option. If you are on schedule then you will be hungry every 2 to 3 hours. If you add in junk foods which are typically very high in fats, you will alter your schedule even further because the heavy fat concentration is slow to digest and keeps you from being hungry. Fat is necessary but they need to be fats from healthy sources. These are a necessity for testosterone production, maintaining growth hormone levels, a healthy immune system and central nervous system and can even assist with decreasing existing levels of body fat. These fats should be obtained from fish oils, nuts and egg yolks.
Fruits are also important as a good source of carbs. In addition, they contain beneficial nutrients, antioxidants and fiber. Use tropical fruits or melons in the morning and possibly after training. Local fruits like fresh strawberries and blueberries are packed with healthy antioxidants and are an essential part of your daily food regimen. They can be easily added to your post-workout protein shakes to add flavor.
Protein shakes and weight gainers are two different things. The weight gainers are usually packed with high amounts of sugar to bump up your calories. The better choice is to use a good whey protein after training which is easily absorbed and eat a solid meal an hour or so after that. Don’t depend on supplements either as a weight gain or weight loss option by replacing meals with them. Supplements are intended to supplement your diet, not to replace nutritious meals. Remember, food is fuel and not entertainment. That’s for the individuals who recently said they wanted to enjoy their food and should entertain their taste buds. Healthy foods can tantalize your taste buds as well.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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