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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 September 18, 2020

        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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        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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