Whether you simply have a faster than average metabolism, or you are trying to put on more weight as part of an exercise regime, or even if you had an eating disorder and are now trying to get back to a healthy weight, you need to know how to do it properly.
It’s not a matter of eating everything in sight, and eating a lot of it, because you still want to put on those extra pounds in a nutritious and healthy way that will not do damage to your vital organs and overall body health. Professionals in the field of nutrition almost unanimously state that the most healthy way to gain weight is to eat natural – or in other words eating whole foods.
Whole foods are those which have been minimally altered, or not altered at all, from their natural state. The most common examples of these foods include whole grains (as opposed to processed grains), as well as all kinds of fresh fruit, meats, and vegetables.
1. All-Natural Nut Butter
Peanut is the most common and readily available kind of nut butter that will help you gain weight while staying healthy. The taste is also a great benefit here because most people won’t have to force themselves to eat it. However, if you have any history of peanut allergy then you will obviously want to skip this one and perhaps try a natural butter made from a different nut, or simply move on to another type of food to be safe.
It is also important to note that you can’t simply pick up any jar of peanut butter off the shelf and hope for the best. They’re not all the same, and many contain additives that you don’t want to be eating in large quantities. Just one tablespoon of real peanut butter will provide about 4g of protein and 100 calories. Serve it with fruit, on some healthy bread, or add it to smoothies.