It seems that most people are never happy about where they are in life. Being content is completely alien to most people. Its sad, really, but this is the way it is. If we were content we wouldn’t be where we are. Think about it – if we were content being hunters and gatherers, we wouldn’t have come up with domesticated animals and farming. Its true - not being content has improved our way of life greatly. So has greed. Altruism is phony. (See Ayn Rand for details.) But I’m getting away from what I want to talk about.
No one is happy. If you’re skinny, you want to be muscular. If you’re fat, you want to be skinny. Well, being that I’m just so pleased with myself (physically, at least) I thought it’d be nice of me to give all the skinny guys some easy ways to pack on a few pounds. These are simple ways to add some calories to your diet each day. Before we get started, however, its important to understand the basics of how to gain weight. In the end, you’re going to need to eat more. Get over it. Everyone says they eat a lot, but really – you’re going to need to eat more if you want to put on weight.
TIP 1 – Gas stations are the place to go. We live in a day and age where gas stations show up on nearly every street corner, and most of them have a few relatively healthy food choices for the average wannabe meat head. Get yourself over to the fridges at the back of the store and buy 1 quart of chocolate milk. Get the highest calorie version you can. I’ve managed to find one that’s 200 calories per serving – 4 servings in a quart – tada! There’s 800 calories right there! Combine it with a Kind granola bar and you have over 1000 calories.
TIP 2 – A common problem people have is that they’re too busy at work to eat anything throughout the day. I call bulls**t. You just need to be more creative and resourceful. Most employers offer their employees a lunch break or a short 15 minute break every 6 hours or so. Most employers also have a break room with a refrigerator in it. Mix yourself a shake at home, take it to work, put it in the fridge, and halfway through your day find 2 minutes to chug it. Its simple, fast, and gives your body the extra nutrients it needs to stave off muscular atrophy.
TIP 3 – Buy in bulk. Instead of buying a protein bar here and there for $3 at your gas station, buy a box of them. I’m lucky enough to have Supplement Warehouse based not too far from my home here in Wisconsin, so I can buy bulk easily. Some of you may need to buy online instead. Either way, it helps to have a box of protein bars around the house when you’re in a rush. Grab a bar as you walk out the door. Most of them taste like crap, but I’ve found the Supreme Protein bars to be tolerable.
TIP 4 – I’m going to go ahead and NOT recommend doing a dirty bulk. I’ve talked about it before – the dangers of it. So let’s not even go down that route. Instead of fast food, opt for Subway or Q’doba. When you’re at Subway, double up on the meat. Subway isn’t the healthiest option, but its good enough. The problem is that the sandwiches don’t always have enough calories to help you bulk up. With that in mind – double the meat, get as much mustard and mayonnaise as you like, and throw in a bag of chips.
Well, that’s all I can think of right off the top of my head. Enough with the excuses. Find the time to reach your goals. Plan ahead, spend a little extra money, and be aware of the cheap and easy ways to fill your stomach when you’re on the go.