There are plenty of people whom rather than trying to lose weight are in fact trying to gain it. But rather than gaining fat these people are aiming to gain muscle mass. These people are lucky as they have a lot more options open to them that can help them to achieve these goals especially as they are healthy as well.
However for others the reason for them trying to put on weight can be as a result of something more serious. They may suffer from Celiac disease or are trying to recover from another illness or have been suffering from anorexia.
It doesn’t matter why a person wishes to put on weight the great thing about the Paleo diet is that it can be used to address these, even though it may prove somewhat tricky. Doctors often will not consider suggesting a patient follows this diet simply because it doesn’t contain enough calories.
Okay the doctors are right, to a point. If you are someone who lifts a great deal of weights then of course you are going to find following this diet simply won’t help. However for all others wanting to gain weight including those wanting to build muscle naturally or to help recover from a chronic disease will find following a Paleo diet can help.
Whether you are attempting to build more muscle or wanting to recover from a condition that has caused you to lose weight. The first step that needs to be taken by you is to ensure that your stomach is working effectively. It is important that your body benefits more from the nutrients and calories it absorbs rather than what you actually eat.
If you think eating more food is going to help you, think again. For example a person who suffers from Crohn’s Disease is going to find that absorption of macronutrients like protein, carbohydrates and fat is difficult. This is the reason why so many people with this condition find it hard to maintain a weight considered to be healthy even when they are eating enough.
The process of improving the way in which your stomach functions is quite long and can often be quite a frustrating process. However by eliminating foods like grains, legumes and dairy from the diet can help to reduce the irritation to the gut.
After you have worked on improving the way your stomach functions now is the time to start focusing more on how to get sufficient amounts of calories into your body. There are plenty of people who say that Paleo food is very calorie poor, but this isn’t actually right. There are plenty of healthy foods you can eat as part of this diet which are calorie dense.
The problem you are going to be faced with is actually that eating too many natural whole foods can prove difficult, especially when you are looking to put weight on.
By increasing your intake of fat you are actually helping to put weight on. You may not realise it but each gram of fat you eat contains 9 calories, where as each gram of carbohydrate or protein you eat only contains 4.
The kinds of fatty foods that are acceptable to be eaten as part of a Paleo diet include fatty meats, nuts and seeds, oils, coconut (including various coconut products) and avocados. For example rather than eating broccoli replace it with avocado and instead of a piece of fish go for some pork shoulder instead. Another easy way to get extra healthy fats into your diet is to stir-fry some vegetables in some coconut oil rather than steaming them.
This is a very important step to remember when you want to gain weight in a healthy manner. It is especially important to increase your carb intake when recovering from a serious illness or eating disorder. You need to replenish your carbs as they help to improve your health more quickly.
The kinds of carbs that you should be including into your diet that are especially healthy include not only sweet potatoes but white ones as well. Also you’ll find yams, plantains and other root vegetables can help as well. When it comes to fruit then the best ones to be eating are bananas not only are they provide you with a good source of carbs, but also contain a lot more glucose. This is better for you when exercising than the fructose you find in most other fruits.
But don’t think that eating plenty of vegetables are going to help you achieve this. You need to look carefully at what each one contains. Certainly one vegetable that really should be included in your Paleo diet to put weight on is avocado. As well as containing plenty of good fat and lots of calories, this particular food is a good source of certain micronutrients. The kinds it contains include Vitamins C, E and K as well as all the B types (except for B12). Also it contains plenty of phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and magnesium that the body needs.
Other foods which contain high levels of nutrients in them and which are acceptable as part of a Paleo diet include liver pate, fatty fish and bone marrow.
If you keep the steps above in mind then putting on weight won’t prove such a problem. Plus of course it will be a healthy weight gain as well.