Some of the most admirable fitness transformations I’ve seen on forums aren’t by people who began their journey as overweight and ended up cutting all the extra fat, but by people who were skinny and managed to get buff. I am not negating the extremely hard journey of people who are on a weight loss diet, as for some, that requires a lot of sacrifices. However, speaking from my point of view, it’s much easier to lose weight than gain lean muscle mass. While I can manage one-meal-a-day or intermittent fasting quite easily, I can’t bring myself to eat more than three or four meals a day when its time to bulk.
The two biggest issues I have when bulking are the fact that I don’t always have the appetite to eat an entire meal, and I don’t have the time and energy to cook 4-5 meals a day. While I still can’t really find a solution for my first problem, luckily, I managed to resolve the second one by ordering weight gain meals online and have them delivered straight to my front door. All I have to do now is just take a meal out of the fridge and warm it up in the microwave and I am all set. You might not be familiar with this, but there are some great meal delivery services that offer fully customized weight gain meals that fit your specific macro needs, and that’s a pretty awesome deal for many people.
Regardless, you have to start slowly adding about 250 calories to your everyday calorie intake. Going overboard quickly and eating two extra meals than you’re used to from the get-go may become exhausting and it may cause gastrointestinal problems. Our bodies like routines and you shouldn’t shock yours with 1000 extra calories, as that can result in constipation, an upset stomach, heartburn, diarrhea or bloating. The best way to increase your calorie intake is to increase portion size slowly, and have snacks in between meals.
For instance, if you typically eat three scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast, increase your intake to four scrambled eggs on whole wheat. Let an hour or two pass by, and have a healthy fruit snack, yogurt or some nuts. Nuts contain valuable omega 3-fatty acids and protein, both of which help build healthy muscle mass. Eating clean is also key to gaining healthy weight. Avoid junk food and supplements, and instead, go for fruits, vegetables, protein, healthy fats, and whole grains. Try having a meal after working out, even if you aren’t hungry. Energy bars, a sports drink, peanut butter and jelly, or yogurt with granola are just some of the things you can eat after you are done with the gym for the day.