Hi! Thank you for taking the time to answer questions from your readers! :-) But since most of them are about losing weight, what advice can you give to someone who's trying to gain weight, who's eating healthy but still looks way too skinny? P.S. Your posts are always inspiring and helpful. I hope you don't get tired of answering questions. :-)
Hi! Thanks for your encouraging message! Some of my followers probably think that you’re very lucky to have such a body type :) However, I can imagine that the downside of being naturally skinny is the straight and narrow appearance that your body may have as opposed to a more curvaceous, muscular feminine look that you may seek. Here are a few tips to gain ‘good’ weight (i.e. more muscle tissue):
- Eat more and more often. You should be eating something every 3 hours. Include protein (eggs, poultry, meat, fish, dairy) in every meal/snack as well as good fats (nuts, avocado) and good carbs (wholewheat breads and crackers, brown rice, fruits, vegetables). If I had your body type I’d go totally crazy for peanut butter (protein + good fats) and eat spoons & spoons straight out of the jar!
- If you find consuming a bigger volume of food difficult, protein supplements (protein powder and shakes) can help you get more protein.
- Eat before bed (cottage cheese, almonds, peanut butter) to prevent your body to tap into your muscle tissue during the night.
- Keep aerobic and other activities such as running, cross training etc. to a minimum and consider doing weight-lifting workouts. If you don’t have a gym membership or any equipment, basic moves such as push-ups, triceps dips, squats will do. Perform them slowly and with good form. Take your time to feel your muscles working. Take breaks between sets. There is no need for you to elevate your heart rate or go breathless. Keep your workout duration to max 30-45 min. If you exercise longer than 45 min, your body’ll be taping into your muscle for energy.
I hope this helps a bit!