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The Skinny on Healthy Weight Gain

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With so many folks trying to lose weight—those who are actually attempting to gain weight are often not given the proper attention and information. That doesn’t stop hoards of skinny teenagers from using misinformation to pack on pounds. As with losing weight, we recommend an informed approach to weight gain that focuses on building lean muscle—by incorporating healthy nutrition and regular exercise…

 

1. All Weight is Not Measured Equally

Just like there are healthy fats (unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids) and bad fats (trans and saturated fats), good cholesterol (LDL) and bad cholesterol (HDL), Web MD reminds us that weight gain can also be designated into varying degrees of healthy and unhealthy.

Bulking up with a healthy perspective on weight gain is more than just acknowledging skinny vs. fat. Healthy weight gain is all about gaining healthy composition in the form of muscle, which the Mayo Clinic claims looks more toned, and adds to the health and functionality of your entire body (i.e., muscle gain increases metabolism and energy, and also counteracts aging-related muscle loss).

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