Whether you are overweight or looking forward to adding pounds, the secret lies in eating right. Include the right foods in right amounts to be gifted with the body you desire. This read will give you a clear idea about what you should include in your daily diet to gain pounds, and what you should abstain from, if you want to lose those undesirable flabby curves!
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Red Meat and Processed Meats
Red meat (pork, mutton and beef) is laden with tons of protein and iron. However, if you are a non-vegetarian foodie who is looking forward to shed some weight, here’s some not-so-encouraging info for you. Red meat contains fat and calories that will only add to those love handles around your waist. So avoid them if you want to lose weight.
But if you are looking forward to pile on some weight, consider yourself to be a lucky non- vegetarian because then you can gorge on some lip-smacking red meat. Make sure not to overindulge because dietitians claim that red meat is very high in cholesterol and saturated fats and should not be eaten more than a few times a week.
This veggie busts the myth that all vegetables are good for health, irrespective of the amount of intake. It’s not that avocados should be strictly avoided! They are high in Vitamin B & E, Potassium and Folic Acid and can be included in your diet but in moderate amounts.
However, if you are health-conscious or would like to slim down, avoid treating yourself to too much of this veggie as they will put you back by 140 calories. For those whose new year resolution is to add to your current weight, have a no-holds-barred dose of avocados.
Nuts and Dried Fruits
Going nuts over what to eat and which foods to leave out on, for that hot bod? Have nuts and dried fruits as a tummy-filling snack or sprinkle a handful over yummy desserts; and trust us when we say nuts and dried fruits are a superbly versatile combo. Unfortunately, they are not as good as they taste for the overweight, since they are high on fat. But the good news is that they have health benefits too, if had in limited amounts, as they are a great source of fiber.
Much to the delight of the leaner lot, you can shove your hands into a jar of nuts and dried fruits and munch away to glory or empty an entire jar into a dessert without a second thought. Lucky you!
For those overweight busy bees who swear by sumptuous amounts of peanut butter with bread for breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner or live in a denial mode that it is full of fat, let me burst the bubble for you. One tablespoon of peanut butter contains 100 calories. Need I say more?
Want to put on weight? Get ready to shout your lungs out with happiness. Natural peanut butter is one of the healthiest ways to gain weight. What’s more, it is also filled with magnesium, folate, etc.
Though salads are usually presented as one of the most healthy food options for people to cut calories from their daily food intake, “all good things must come to an end”! Most salads contain oodles of cheese or mayo which is not one of the healthiest ingredients to cut down on weight. Instead, opt for salads that are made with a moderate quantity of mayo or cheese or go for a dressing that includes olive or canola oil.
For the lean people, pile on fat in a healthy way with the double bonanza of the goodness of milk products and high doses of saturated fat.