The Skinny on Healthy Weight Gain

2. Focus on Quality Not Quantity

Just as cutting food intake mixed with regular exercise won’t yield ideal weight loss goals—increasing caloric and fat intake and strength training won’t produce positive fat increases unless you’re eating healthy food sources.

To get the best bang for your buck with weight gain, place your focus on nutrient-rich, healthy foods—such as lean proteins, whole grain dietary fiber, and heart healthy fats. According to research from Harvard Public School of Health, the goal shouldn’t be just to increase your caloric and fat intake, but to increase food intake gradually (to prevent digestive upset) with 3 meals and 2 snacks daily, while reaching for calorie-dense foods with high nutrient value.

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