Put on Weight in Summer, and you'll be glad of it later. It might sound crazy to want to gain wait in this hot season, but bear with me. When it comes to putting on weight, most people groan and moan and point out their lumps and bumps as evidence of their own weight gain. But-there's always a but-you should know that there are some people who want and NEED to put on weight! And if you are one of those people, you have come to the right place! I'm about to give you 8 ways to put on weight in summer. Weight gain isn't easy for people who have high metabolism, are very athletic and burn tons of calories, or are naturally thin and small. But it IS possible! It does require patience and discipline to add the right foods and training to your routine, but no more than would be required if you were dieting to lose weight. So if you're ready to find out 8 ways to put on weight in summer, then keep reading because you will love these tips!
1. It's All in Your Head
Before you can even begin to put on weight in summer, you're going to have to change your way of thinking. It's all in your head! Thinking negative thoughts such as "I'm just too skinny," or "I've tried everything to gain weight and nothing helps," will not do anything to help you along. You CAN put on weight! It may be a challenge, and you may have to work hard at it, but you can do it! Tell yourself that every day, and just see what a difference it has on your attitude!
2. Eat, Eat, Eat
Remember, in order to gain weight, you must do everything big! This means eat big too, so get out your fork and spoon! You don't necessarily need to eat everything in sight but it's a good idea to incorporate more weight-gaining foods into your diet and to eat larger portions of those foods. Steak, chicken, fruits, vegetables ( preferably fresh) milk, cheese, nuts, sweet potatoes, brown rice, whole wheats and peanut butter are all great foods to get started with. Don't resort to junk food. You need good healthy, filling foods that your body can use to store up fat and muscle!
3. Don't Weigh Too Often
It's definitely a good idea to weigh yourself and check your progress when trying to put on weight in summer. Just don't weigh in too often. By weighing yourself every single day, you won't get to see progress in large amounts. It's discouraging to look at the scale and see that you've only put on a few pounds or a few ounces. Opt for weighing yourself about once a week, so that you can see your progress in bigger amounts. This will encourage you that you are achieving your goal instead of discourage you. And be patient! It may not and probably won't happen overnight, so give it some time!
4. Drink up
It's crucial to drink plenty of water when trying to put on weight anytime, especially in summer. You need energy in order to gain weight, and that's what water does. It replenishes and hydrates you. It's a bad idea to be dehydrated in summertime! Not only will you feel sluggish and worn out, but dehydration will lead to less stamina at the gym, which is a bad thing when trying to put on weight! Try to drink 8-10 glasses a day, and even more if you can! The ideal amount is about 12 eight-ounce glasses per day, and the average American consumes about half that amount so up your water intake!
5. Get Good Sleep
Getting plenty of sleep is one of the easiest, yet most overlooked tip for putting on weight in summer. You should be getting a minimum of 8 hours of sleep per night! Most people generally get 6 or less, especially single parents or work-a-holics. Your body needs sleep to function properly, and without it, you will not be able to perform nearly as well at the gym. You may also notice a decline in your weight gain if you lose sleep, because your body burns the extra fat to have more energy. So make sure to get enough sleep!
6. Cut out Bad Fats
You may be saying to yourself,"Bad fats? I though all fats were bad!" Truth is, there are good fats, and there are bad fats. Good fats are what your body gets nourishment and sustainment from. Bad fats are the fats that stick to your body and cause obesity, diabetes, heart problems and bad cholesterol. Not to mention bad fats slow down your energy and keep you from working out as much. So, cut out cakes, candy, chips, fast food, sodas and fried foods. Instead, load up on high protein, low-fat foods like tuna fish, chicken breast, turkey, fruits and veggies and other good healthy foods.
7. Count Calories
A great and efficient way to gain weight in summer is by counting your calories. And this may be a bit confusing since we have been told to count calories when we want to LOSE weight, not gain, right? Allow me to explain! If you count the calories that you consume before you attempt to gain weight, then you will know how many calories you need to sustain the weight you have now. Hence, you must double that number of calories to gain weight! So if you are consuming 1500-2000 calories per day, you need to focus on consuming 2500-3000 calories per day to put on some weight!
8. Workout the Right Way
When trying to gain weight in summer, don't skip the workouts. I know it seems to make less sense to work out when you are trying to GAIN weight, but the truth is, you don't want to simply gain fat. You need to gain muscle a well! Time your workouts to be about 30 minutes each, and shoot for 2-3 times per week. Focus on lifting weights, running, and ab workouts. These will give you core strength and help you keep that muscle from turning to fat! And running will give you the cardio you need to keep your heart and lungs healthy. Just don't overdo it!
One thing I would like to leave you with when you want to put on weight in the summer is that no matter how desperately you want to gain a few pounds, you do NOT need to use supplements. They do help you gain weight quickly, but putting artificial steroids in your body can do nothing helpful or healthy for you at all. In order to put on weight in summer, you simply need to follow these rules to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may. Do you have any other, healthy tips for those who want to put on weight in summer? Good luck, and thanks for reading!
Top Photo Credit: Hagens_world