Side-note: I'm no nutritionist or physician, everything I know about weight gain I learnt on my own from research and my personal experience.
This is the beginning of my "weight gain journey" series? posts? whatever.
A weight gain journey is really expensive so you should be prepared to spend much more money than you'd normally spend on food and nutritional drinks aint cheap, at least this is the case for me.
1. MOTIVATION: You need motivation to be able to get through this journey. Shop for motivation, because without it, this whole journey would hit a brick wall. A weight gain journey is just like a weight loss journey, you need motivation to be able to get through it and remain consistent. I watch successful weight loss videos on youtube for motivation to go on my weight gain journey, talk about irony, but it works for me. Find yours!!!
2. GROCERY SHOPPING: Make sure you buy all your favourite foods and foods that are high in calories. Foods like walnuts, almonds, banana, avocado, eggs, peanut butter, etc.
You want to gain weight but you want to make sure you're gaining clean weight by eating healthy foods not just junk and fatty foods.
This is my personal list: Based on my preference
Vegetables Meat/Products High Carbs
1. Spinach 1. Chicken 1. Potato
2. Carrots 2. Beef 2. Croissant
3. Cucumber 3. Turkey 3. Bread
4. Lettuce 4. Liver/Gizzard 4. Tortilla
5. Green bell pepper 5. Bacon 5. Beans
6. Green beans 6. Egg 6. Rice
Spreads Fruits Drinks
1. Butter 1. Avocado 1. Soy milk
2. Nutella 2. Banana 2. Orange juice
3. Peanut butter 3. Oranges 3. Cranberry juice
1. Almond 1. Tilapia
2. Walnut 2. Shrimp
2. NUTRITION: You need to buy any good nutritional drink of your choice.
- Nutritional Drink: I prefer boost plus because each bottle contains 360calories and there is also nutrament which also contains 360calories per can. I've never tried nutrament but I heard it's really good so I'd give it a try especially if it's cheaper than boost plus. Then there is ensure plus. It's pretty much the same price with the boost plus but contains 350calories per bottle. So what I do between boost plus and ensure plus is this, I buy the cheapest. They contain the same number of bottles in a pack and cost almost the same. Sometimes one is on sale and the other isn't. So I buy whichever one is cheaper at the time of my shopping.
- Multivitamin: Multivitamins are recommended as we age. Why not start now? They also help improve your appetite. My multivitamin of choice is "one a day women's multivitamin". So do your research and choose one suitable for your gender and age.
- Bathroom Scale: You need to be able to track your weight so you need a bathroom scale. Some people would rather check their weight in stores from time to time but I prefer having mine around at all times.
- Exercise: Know the parts of your body you need to work on and buy equipments for that purpose OR go to the gym if you wish. For me, I don't need large equipments so I won't need a gym. The only equipment I need for exercise is a jump rope and a ribbed exercise mat lol. I'd be doing exercises like leg lifts, leg lunges, squat, sit up and skipping. That's it. There are people who would rather not exercise. I think it's important but really it's up to you.
- Measurements: You'd need a body measuring tape.