5 mistakes to avoid when trying to gain weight
- Everybody is different and one should not blindly follow anyone
- Avoid following instructions given by fitness freaks
- Skipping meals is the most common mistake one makes
While losing weight and maintaining weight are a struggle for most people, gaining extra kilos is no smooth ride either. If your weight is not increasing even with a healthy diet and regular workout, you could be on the wrong track.
Dr. Jinal Patel, Dietitian, Apollo Spectra Hospital, Mumbai, highlights some mistakes to be avoided when trying to gain weight:
Following the routines of professional bodybuilders
Many people trying to gain weight are influenced by the routines of professional bodybuilders and start following them blindly to get a physique like them. Many consider these bodybuilders their idols. But one should not forget that most of these bodybuilders also take supplements to bulk up, which can be harmful in the long run. Everybody is different and one should not blindly follow anyone during the weight gain process.
Weight gain does not happen overnight
One has to put in a lot of effort to gain weight and it never happens overnight. The body takes time to accept changes and gradually shows results. You will have to regularly follow the diet and workout routine because consistency is key. You have to be patient and follow the routine.
Avoid skipping meals
Skipping meals is the most common mistake one makes while trying to gain weight. It affects metabolism and having a heavy meal at one go and then skipping other meals should also be avoided. You can reach out to a professional nutritionist instead of just relying on information available online.
Avoid following instructions given by fitness freaks, relying on quick weight gain videos, and depending on artificial supplements. Try to get an equal amount of protein and calories from natural sources because artificial supplements are harmful to health and put a burden on your pocket.
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Do not give up on exercising just because you are trying to gain weight. A sedentary lifestyle can cause high blood pressure, breathing issues, or even cardiac problems. You need to follow a workout routine provided by an expert to gain weight.