6 Ways of Putting on Weight Healthily
With so much media chatter about shifting unwanted inches, it is easy to overlook the fact that some people are longing to put on a little weight.
For those who are naturally very skinny, the idea of a little roundness, in the right places, is an alluring one.
More muscle density might be just what a skinny man is aiming for before he hits the beach this summer.
Just like weight loss, weight gain should be approached sensibly and with a balanced approach to nutrition. So don’t think about boosting your junk food intake in a bid to pile on the pounds. Instead, here are some sensible changes you can make to your diet, to help you gain weight.
1) Breakfast Like a King
Make the most of your first meal of the day by opting for 2 slices of whole-grain toast, spread with peanut butter and honey. Muesli with milk and honey is a good choice too.
2) Friendly Fats
Essential fats are your best friend when it comes to healthy weight gain.
So make a habit of dressing your salads with a good glug of decent olive oil. Walnut oil is a tasty alternative, when you fancy a change.
While we are on the subject of salads, a handful of nuts adds flavour, interest and calories to any selection of leafy greens.
3) Oily Fish
Everyone should eat at least one serving of oily fish per week and if you want to put on weight you should make mackerel, salmon, trout and sardines regular features of your diet.
Avocadoes are very high in those good fats and they are very versatile.
Mash them with lime juice, crushed garlic and a little chili for a zingy guacamole to dip, or to spread on toasted pitta bread.
5) Pasta and Potato
A subtle increase in your carbohydrate intake will help you put on the pounds. Learn some new pasta sauce recipes to help you keep your lunchtime pasta interesting.
Baked potatoes are a good source of vitamin C and a great choice if you want to boost your calories. Choose a big one and enjoy it with cheese, or with tuna in oil.
6) More Milk Please
Ditch the semi-skimmed and always use full-fat milk in your tea. Squeeze in a small glass of milk before you go to bed, when you can.
James Christie writes for Thomson Local.