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How To Gain Weight Fast And Safely? Try These Food Combinations

How To Gain Weight Fast And Safely? Try These Food Combinations

Even though weight gain is something most people want to avoid, there are certain times in life where weight gain may be desired—or even necessary—for various reasons. Whether you’ve lost too much weight by dieting, from depression, an injury, an illness or because you just happen to have a fast metabolism, there is no need to load up on fast food and junk foods that impair your health. In fact, you can gain weight fast and safely.

The Key to Gain Weight Fast and Safely

The key to healthy weight gain is to consume clean foods with higher amounts of protein, fat, and complex carbohydrates at every single meal. Protein will help you build muscle to prevent muscle wasting. Since muscle weighs more than fat, this is important no matter what approach you take. Next, by combining a complex carbohydrate with a source of natural fat, weight gain will occur. Remember, the body stores carbohydrates and fat more easily than it does protein, but it can only use so much of one macronutrient at a time before weight gain occurs.This is one reason why many individuals who are attempting to lose weight limit either their carbohydrate and fat intake without changing their protein intake. So, the best way to take advantage of this is to flip-flop the idea and combine healthy carbohydrates and healthy fats together along with a clean source of protein at every meal.

Here are ten simple, effective and delicious food combinations that can help you gain weight fast and safely along with suggestions on how to prepare them.

1. Sweet Potatoes and Salmon

How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

    I’m a former pescatarian, and sweet potatoes and wild-caught salmon were two of my go-to lunch and dinner options during a time I had to gain weight. Sweet potatoes provide complex carbs the body needs for a healthy weight, and they’re rich in vitamins A and C to support the immune system. Wild-caught salmon is a powerhouse of protein and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These fats will help the body absorb the nutrients from the sweet potatoes and the protein will help build lean muscle. Over time, this will improve weight gain along with muscle strength too!

    You can pan cook or bake salmon and serve it alongside some kale and sweet potatoes (or sweet potato fries) for a heart-healthy dinner. Or, enjoy these two items with a salad or roasted veggies at lunch. For more healthy fats, feel free to add 1/2 cup olives or 1 tablespoon olive oil.

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    2. Banana and Nut Butter

    How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

      Bananas are a rich source of starchy carbohydrates that also contain natural sugars. Nut butter will provide nourishing fats and protein, and it will help the body digest the banana more slowly for long-lasting energy. Just be sure to choose natural nut butter, not those made with hydrogenated oils and added sugars. Look for one that’s organic and non-GMO if possible, and if you’re allergic to almond butter or other types of nuts, try using sunflower seed butter or coconut butter instead.

      Spread 2 tablespoons of nut butter onto a banana sliced in half, use this combination in a bowl of oatmeal or on a wrap, or chop up a banana and add a couple tablespoons of nut butter as a quick and healthy snack.

      3. Avocado and Quinoa

      How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

        Pairing avocado and quinoa together is a great food combination that will help you gain weight fast and safely. Avocado is high in mono-unsaturated fats that are beneficial for heart and brain health, and quinoa is a great vegetarian source of protein and complex carbohydrates. Because these two foods are calorie-dense per serving, you’ll notice you can easily add several hundred calories per day to your meals with just this combo alone.

        I suggest pairing 1/2 an avocado with 1/2 cup quinoa over a bed of greens at dinner or serving it with your favorite veggies. For more calories, add another source of lean protein.

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        4. Plant-Based Meal Replacement Shake and Oatmeal

        How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

          When you have a busy schedule, meal replacement shakes can be a dream come true. Try including some greens, frozen fruit, a source of nut butter, and a scoop of plant-based protein for a heart-healthy choice. For more calories, add in some oats to your shake for more complex carbs or have some oatmeal on the side. Good sources of plant-based protein include hemp, brown rice or pea protein.

          5. Oatmeal and Peanut Butter

          How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

            Oatmeal and peanut butter is a great combination you can use at breakfast or even as a bedtime snack. The complex carbs in oatmeal will provide some starch while the fat and protein in the peanut butter will provide additional calories and nutrition. Go for rolled oats whenever possible instead of instant, and attempt to choose natural peanut butter in place of those with detrimental hydrogenated oils. Just add a dollop or two of peanut butter to your oatmeal and enjoy it anytime of the day!

            6. Nuts and Fresh Fruit

            How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

              Combine some raw nuts with a piece of fresh fruit and enjoy it with breakfast or as a snack.The fats in the nuts and the sugars in the fruit will help you gain weight fast and safely. There is also some natural protein found in nuts, and the water in fresh fruit will help your body process the sugars in the fruit slowly which is better for blood sugar levels than dried fruit.

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              7. Eggs and Oatmeal

              How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

                Eggs can provide a quick source of vegetarian protein and healthy fats if you choose pastured eggs which are kept outside and allowed to feed on grass versus kept inside and given a formulated food. Pair one or two eggs with 1/2 cup oats for breakfast, dinner, or just enjoy for a quick lunch. Feel free to add some fruit to your dish if you’d like, and season the eggs and oatmeal as desired.

                8. Eggs and Potatoes

                How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

                  If you’re not into oatmeal or just tired of it, you can also use potatoes with eggs anytime of the day. Potatoes are very starchy and filling, and as mentioned, eggs are a great source of protein and can be a good source of fat if they are from pastured hens. Scramble some eggs and serve them over potatoes or make hashbrowns instead.

                  9. Brown Rice Pasta and Salmon

                  How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

                    Brown rice contains amino acids and starchy carbohydrates that provide a decent amount of calories per serving. Pair the brown rice with salmon and some vegetables, and perhaps even include an additional source of healthy fats from avocados or a touch of olive oil.

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                    10. Avocado and Rice

                    How to Gain Weight Fast and Safely? Try These Food Combinations

                      If you like sushi, you’ll enjoy using this option! Chop some avocado over a bed of your choice rice (whole grain if possible), and include your favorite source of lean protein for more nutrition. The avocado, rice, and source of protein will provide a variety of macronutrients to help you gain weight fast and safely but will also be heart-healthy too.

                      These are just ten safe food combinations that will help you gain weight fast and safely. Remember to consume as many green and yellow vegetables along with leafy greens as you can so you get enough nutrition. Implement these food combinations into your weekly meals as much as possible and combine sources of these daily at breakfast, lunch and dinner. You should notice the weight comes back on within a couple of months or less. It’s even better if you can add some weight-bearing exercise or resistance training to your routine so you can maintain some muscle mass and stay energized as well. As a bonus, you’ll feel pretty good and be taking care of your heart at the same time—no fast food required!

                      For some other healthy recipe ideas, feel free to check out these other veggie-inspired options! 

                      Featured photo credit: Stephanie Frey via shutterstock.com

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                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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