Being underweight is not ideal just like the overweight. Thus, it’s important to regulate and balance your weight even if you are on a Paleo diet.
The Paleo diet is simply a series of meals you take based on your genetic composition. You can also call it the stone-age diet. This diet includes vegetables, fruits, seeds, fishes and meats. One thing you should also keep in mind is that this diet excludes the consumption of most dairy products including vegetable oil and trans fat.
Here are 7 tips to gain weight during a Paleo diet.
7 Tips to Gain Weight on a Paleo Diet
Add More Carbs
Most people minimize the rate of carbs to none while on the paleo diet, due to the health risks carbs intake possess. Now, I’m not saying that you should take in excess carbohydrates, but if you want to gain some weight, you need an appreciable amount of carbs added to your diet.
Carbohydrates-rich foods are responsible for supplying micronutrients to your body. So, the first step in gaining weight during a paleo is to slightly increase your carbs intake from the suggested quantities that paleo suggests. Don’t forget you’re still on a paleo diet, which means that you cannot consume all carbohydrates without deviating from the Paleo rule. You can consume carbohydrates-rich foods such as; sweet potatoes, oats, bananas, buckwheat, etc, during a paleo diet to gain some extra pounds and reach your desired physique.
You Need Micronutrients
Micronutrients are simply vitamins and minerals! Some people equate healthy eating to taking in meals about three times a day. However, if you aren’t taking enough micronutrients then, you still have a lot of work to do concerning your diet.
Micronutrients are essential if you want to gain weight. They are responsible for building up your muscles and increasing your bone densities; all these contribute to your weight gain. So, in your daily Paleo diet, including vitamins like vitamin B, E, C, and K and nutrients like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus can help you gain some weight. Tomatoes, legumes, broccoli, sweet peppers, etc, are some of the examples of foods that contain micronutrients.
Go for Fats!
A Paleo diet suggests fatty foods as an option for gaining weight. So which foods are rich in fats? Calorie-dense foods!
Here are some examples of calorie-dense foods; fatty meats like pork and beef, dairy products like cheese and milk, tropical oils like coconut oil and cocoa butter, etc.
One of the most valuable foods a Paleo diet must contain is nuts. Remember you’re aspiring for weight gain; nuts can also be of great help. Nuts like pecans, walnuts, cashews, etc. are relatively high in energy which renders them useful in weight gain. Whenever you’re tired of your carbs, go for nuts. Note that peanuts aren’t of the Paleo diet.
Get Enough Rest!
It’s a proven fact that sleep deprivation can have many harmful effects on your health, including your physical well-being.
Sleeping is the best way you can rest and you should sleep for at least 7 hours a night. While sleeping, your muscles and lean mass builds up which adds to your weight. Be it any diet plan you are following, you need to get enough sleep and rest to enable the diet to have a remarkable effect on your weight.
You Need Proteinous Foods
Go for proteins! Following a Paleo diet encourages the intake of protein-rich foods. When you take in excess proteinous foods, it transforms the extra calories that your body produces into muscles. The more developed muscles you have, the more weight you can sustain!
These nutritious and flavorful recipes meet your paleo diet requirements. I hope you make them, but most importantly, I hope you enjoy them.
- Healthy Almond Tea Cake for paleo breakfast
- Simple to make Cherry Almond Biscotti
- Easy to make Almond Crisps Cookie
- Love custards? This Almond Custard Recipe will blow your mind
- Try a new recipe with Almond Chicken Butter
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