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Last Updated on July 13, 2018

Say Goodbye to a Skinny Body: How to Gain Weight Fast

Say Goodbye to a Skinny Body: How to Gain Weight Fast

Being skinny sucks. Everyone in the world is talking about losing weight while I’m trying to gain it. The grocery stores are against me. Everything is low fat, low sugar, and filled with processed chemical garbage. You have to remember that heart disease and cholesterol still affect you when you have a skinny body. Healthy weight gain can be achieved, but only with a balanced eating regimen, an appropriate exercise pattern, and a healthy lifestyle. Here’s how to say goodbye to a skinny body and gain weight fast:

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    Watch What You Eat

    There are a couple of important eating patterns to stick to when gaining weight. It’s important to remember to eat often and eat healthy. Simple replacements help you up your caloric intake without eating too much sodium, sugar, and nasty chemicals. Drink fresh juice and/or milk with meals instead of water. If you decide to drink a protein shake with a meal, drink water as well. Be sure to eat a large breakfast and dinner, with a sensible lunch.

    Taking multivitamins and drinking freshly juiced fruits and vegetables in the morning helps you over the long run. Your body can build more muscle off your dinner proteins. Granola, nuts, etc. make for great easy snacks to keep on hand during the day.

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    Stock up on cheap proteins, including eggs, turkey, chicken, cheese, and milk. Peanut butter helps add calories and flavor to any meal (it’s especially delicious on hamburgers). Carry nuts, granola, and dark chocolate on you throughout the day, so you can snack when you’re hungry. If you have trouble eating, hot sauce and caramel sauce make anything taste delicious.

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      No Pain, No Gain

      Now that you have a proper diet, you need to tell your body where to apply the food intake. You don’t have to join a gym, but get some 2-10 lb wrist weights and 10-20 lb dumbbells. These are cheap and can be used for a variety of arm strengthening exercises. Do pushups throughout the day. Even if you can only do 10-20, doing that many 5 times a day adds up.

      Buy a yoga mat and get into yoga or at least stretching. Building mass is easy. Building strong, flexible mass is an entirely different beast. You don’t want to lose mobility as you gain mass. It’ll just make you sluggish. Make sure you stretch before lifting, target different muscle groups every other day, and follow your lifting routine with yoga or a walk/jog. This will keep you gaining weight without sacrificing your health, speed, and energy.

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        Maintain the Gain

        Maintenance is the most important part of gaining weight. These habits you utilize to gain weight must be maintained. If you start psyching yourself out and slipping from the routine, you’ll quickly lose what you gained. It only takes 2 months of inactivity to ruin years of training. Make goals and meet them. Find ways to switch up your routine for days when you’re bored with it. Stick to it.

        Variety makes life easier, so switch up your food flavors and exercise routines as necessary to keep from sitting idle. If you know you’re going to miss an exercise session, make up for I throughout the day. Keep bringing in calories to keep your internal system working routinely. Treat your body like a car. Keep up with the routine maintenance, and it’ll get you through anything. Most importantly, see your doctor regularly to proactively diagnose any bad signs rather than finding out after it’s too late.

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        Last Updated on March 13, 2019

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

        Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

        You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

        Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

        1. Work on the small tasks.

        When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

        Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

        2. Take a break from your work desk.

        Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

        Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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        3. Upgrade yourself

        Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

        The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

        4. Talk to a friend.

        Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

        Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

        5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

        If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

        Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

        Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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        6. Paint a vision to work towards.

        If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

        Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

        Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

        7. Read a book (or blog).

        The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

        Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

        Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

        8. Have a quick nap.

        If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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        9. Remember why you are doing this.

        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

        10. Find some competition.

        Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

        11. Go exercise.

        Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

        Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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        Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

        12. Take a good break.

        Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

        Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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