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8 Tips to Gain Weight

8 Tips to Gain Weight

Most of the time, we hear people talking about how difficult it is to lose weight. But, if you are on the opposite end of that spectrum and need to gain weight, it can be just as difficult. Many people laugh at the idea of anyone wanting to gain weight, but there are actually several reasons why people need to do so. For instance, there are those who are underweight and have trouble putting and keeping weight on. Then, there are those who are into body building and want to build up more muscle mass. Whatever the reason, if you are among those who have trouble gaining weight, here are eight tips that can help.

1. Consume More Calories

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    The first and most obvious tip is to start consuming more calories. However, you need to do this in a healthy way. Rather than adding a lot of unhealthy foods to your diet, continue eating as you normally do, then try supplementing with a mass gainer to get the additional calories you need at various times throughout the day.

    2. Eat Frequently

    Rather than eating two or three large meals a day, it is healthier and more beneficial to eat meals every two to three hours. This will ensure that you are able to eat a lot more calories. You may even want to get yourself a timer so you can get into the habit of eating more frequently.

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    3. Use Bigger Plates

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      When one is trying to lose weight, it is suggested that they use smaller plates so they eat smaller portions. You should be doing just the opposite. The bigger the plate, the more food you can pile onto it and the easier it is going to be to gain weight. Don’t forget to take full advantage of healthy buffets, and be sure to have all you can eat.

      4. Eat Healthy Foods

      Add more healthy foods that are high in calories to your diet. Sure, junk food tastes great and is high in calories, but it will cause you to gain fat and not muscle. Look for foods that are high in protein with lots of good carbohydrates and healthy fats to help you get to a caloric intake of about 3,500 calories per day.

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      5. Eat After Working Out

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        Most people know that it is important to eat something before working out, even if it is just a nutritional shake. But, did you also know that it is just as important to eat after you work out? Exercising burns up those calories you eat, so you need to put them back. Make sure that your post-workout meals have plenty of carbs and protein. A protein shake is a good option if you aren’t hungry.

        6. Do Compound Exercises

        These exercises are going to help you build more mass. They include bench presses, squats, dumbbell presses, deadlifts, pull-ups, chin-ups, and dips. Be sure to use as much weight as you can possibly handle without hurting yourself. These exercises will work all of the muscles in your body, and they are going to grow, especially when your diet is full of protein and calories.

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        7. Rest Your Muscles

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          Your muscles need time to recover after working out, so be sure to never exercise the same muscles two days in a row. They will actually grow larger when you let them rest. A good rule of thumb is to wait 48 hours after exercising a specific muscle group before doing it again.

          8. Get Your Sleep

          We all need to get at least eight hours of sleep every night, and this is especially important when you are focussing on your weight. When you sleep, your muscles grow, but you won’t get the full impact if you are getting six hours of sleep or less at night.

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          Last Updated on August 20, 2018

          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

          35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

          Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

          But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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          The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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          While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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          While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

          If You’re Staying In

          1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
          2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
          3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
          4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
            • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
            • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
            • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
            • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
              • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
              • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
              • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
                • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

                If You Want to Get Away

                1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
                2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
                3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
                  • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
                  • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
                  • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
                  • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
                  • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
                  • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
                    • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
                    • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

                    New & Exciting Experiences

                    1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
                    2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
                      experience.
                      • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
                      • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
                      • Experience white water rafting.
                      • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
                      • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                        • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                        • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                          • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                          • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                          • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                          Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

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