Do you get called skinny and malnourished all the time? If you are ok with it and love being you, then there isn’t any more for you to read here. If you sincerely feel that you need to change and need to put on a healthy weight, then you are in the right place. The challenge is imposing evermore, for vegans and those who are sticking to plant-based food as their source of caloric intake.
We will be telling you certain dietary changes that you need to bring about in order to pack on the calories that you need to be healthy. Read on…
Make Your Foods Calorically Dense: Eating More But Less
The secret to putting on weight if you are suffering from anorexia or other weight related issues is not to eat more, but to eat more calories. This means that foods that are rich in water content and are high-fibre can make it seem as though you are full. In essence, the food and those plant-based recipes are only making you feel bloated.
By the time the body breaks these down, the calories it gains is very little. If you take in more calories than you burn, then you will put on weight- That’s the logic here.
To give you an example, veggies and leafy green contain around 25 calories per 100 grams. Nuts on the other hand contain 600 calories per 100 grams- that is 150 times more calories for the same weight!
Similarly, soy products contain around 100-200 calories for the same amount and avocado contains 170 calories per 100 grams.
If you were stuffing yourself with a big bowl of veggies and greens, you know for a fact that the actual calories that you are taking in are nothing in comparison to the size of the bowl from which you are eating from. Add in more caloric dense foods to your plant-based recipes and watch the change unfold.
Taking It Slow
Take the process of packing on the calories, slow and steady. Don’t go overboard with the calorie-rich foods all at one go. Give your body sufficient time to adjust. You will notice that in time, you will start to put on healthy weight. Combining this with exercise and strength training will help for burning those stubborn fats and allow you to have a balanced caloric intake and outtake. You will be in the best shape of your life if you are able to combine a healthy diet and exercise, in one pot.