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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 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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