Weight Gaining Techniques for High Schoolers
Weight gaining is much different than weight loss, for obvious reasons as well as some that aren’t so obvious. Weight loss is about changing habits for a life long process of keeping weight off, weight gaining is usually for a short period of weight gain usually meant to aid in building muscle or for playing sports. When trying to lose weight people cut fatty and high caloric foods, take supplements to boost metabolism, and exercise to try and get rid of excess weight. When gaining weight it is completely different, because contrary to popular belief, the same things should be done.
The most important thing to remember when trying to gain weight is that muscle weighs much more than fat. A person who is in tip top shape an thin, can weight more than someone who is 10 pant sizes bigger than them, simply because of having muscles that are more toned and built. If you work off excess fat, and then continue working to build muscles you will see weight loss, and then weight gain again from the muscles getting larger. The ideal way to do this is a complex way of staying healthy while trying to gain weight and exercising.
The first thing to do when trying to gain weight is to have a goal in mind and know exactly how much you need to gain. If you only have to gain 5 or 10 pounds, then your road will be much shorter than that of people trying to gain 20 or 30 pounds. Everyone should begin slow, and not gain weight in the wrong ways. Adding fat to a diet or eating more fatty foods is most definitely not the way to gain healthy weight. Adding protein, vitamins, more exercise, and slowly increasing calories in a diet are the right ways to go.
Muscles feed off of protein, and therefore when adding protein to a diet muscles have the potential to grow and expand more easily. Adding calories should be done in a healthy way, by adding some meats and more fruit and vegetables to a diet. This adds more vitamins and minerals as well as more protein and iron to the body, which paves the way for a healthy body that is running great. Once the diet is figured out, exercise is added to the routing to build the muscles that are needed for the specific sport or reason for gaining weight.
The muscles to be worked will vary greatly depending on the reason for weight gain, the sport, and the person themselves. If a person is trying to gain weight just because they are small, then adding calories, protein, and fiber to a diet will sometimes be enough, but walking or jogging twice a week will also help. A very important thing to remember is that the calories added, the exercise, and the extra food needs to be healthy.
This does burn calories and that confuses some people, but it works muscles and allows the muscles used to gain mass, adding weight to the body over time. If a person is trying to gain weight for football, then the legs and mid section will be the muscles worked on, and if for basketball the arms and legs will be worked more to ton the muscles used most in the game. Building muscle and toning weak areas are a sure way to gain muscle mass safely, and usually help to better a player’s performance as well.
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