How to bulk up – without getting fat

Dileep B. Shivaram

July 10, 2019

While weight loss is a topic that is commonly discussed, weight gain is much less talked about. Inadequate information on weight gain in the public domain leads many who want to bulk up to commit avoidable mistakes. This include:

  • Concentrating only on exercise without realising the importance of right nutrition
  • Consuming supplements such as mass gainers and other weight-enhancing drugs without understanding the merits of a natural diet
  • Setting unrealistic expectations
  • Running up muscle injury from overtraining

When you start going to the gym with the intention of gaining weight, you need not lift weights from the first day itself. Starting with body weight training is a much better idea, and the focus should be on getting your form, posture and technique correct.

Calorie intake 

In order to gain weight, you need to increase your calorie intake. Your calorie requirement could be anything between 2,200 to 3,200 calories a day, depending on your age and gender. If you find it difficult to source calories from your regular diet, try weight gain supplements. When you start with a supplement, read up about the product and test it out for 3-4 days to confirm whether you’re allergic to it—in which case you should stop using it immediately.gain weight

If you end up getting more calories than you need with a weight gain supplement, there’s a chance you could end up gaining fat and not muscle. These supplements may also interact with any medication you may be on so it’s best to consult a doctor before starting on them.

It is always better to consult a nutritionist before commencing with weight gain training. S/he can chalk out a diet which is not just carbs or fat-rich but also has sufficient amounts of protein, fibre, minerals, and vitamins – all of which are equally important for healthy weight gain.

Keep in mind that there can be no substitute for a natural diet when it comes to weight gain.

Tips for Healthy Weight Gain

  1. Eat frequently

    Eat at least once every three hours. Skipping meals force your body to dip into energy reserves which include muscle mass. Eating every 2-3 hours keeps your body from losing tissue.healthy weight gain

  1. Exercise is crucial

    Exercise is the key to healthy weight gain, but correct technique is important. Working out helps increase your metabolism—but avoid overtraining

  1. Expand nutrition intake

    Your diet should include different food groups and not restrict itself to one or two. Choosing a variety of food groups leads to the intake of more nutrients, all of which are significant for the weight gain process.Healthy food groups

  1. Eat before going to sleep:

    Since our body regenerates itself during sleep, eating a little before going to sleep ensures that there are enough nutrients available in the body to carry out its repair work.

“When in doubt, eat” is a good mantra to live by when you’re trying to bulk up. Also, remember that body transformation is not a one-day process but a constant evolution. I am an example of a person who has managed to gain weight the healthy way. While there have been sacrifices I have had to make, in the end, it has been absolutely worth the effort.

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About the Author

Having completed his Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering, fitness was not always Dileep’s choice of career. However, the decision to follow his passions saw him complete his Certification in Personal Training in 2013. One of the highlights of his six-year-long career, Dileep says, is providing physical training to applicants to the defence forces of the nation. Currently serving as Sr. Fitness Trainer at HealthifyMe, Dileep has made it his life’s goal to oversee as many fitness transformations as he possibly can.

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One response to “How to bulk up – without getting fat”

  1. Hi That was a great post, I really liked it. I learned a lot. I’m going to bookmark this page.
    While half of the world wishes to lose a few extra pounds, the other half is desperately looking for helpful tips to gain weight naturally. Being too skinny is also a persistent confidence demolisher. Being under weight is also preposterously bad for health.

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