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Faster Ways to Put on Weight

There is only one way to put on weight: you have to consume more calories than you burn. It sounds simple, but there are many factors that dictate how many calories a person burns, such as age, weight, amount of lean body tissue (muscle), gender, activity level, genetics, hormones, and the list goes on and on. Fortunately, there are now several options used to determine just what your own personal “magic number” of calories is. You can get your RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) measured at many gyms and health clubs. These measurements eliminate the need to know each and every factor that goes into determining your metabolism by giving you a straight forward measurement. Only after you know this number is it possible to know exactly how many calories to consume each day. You can also use the old fashion trial and error method, but it will put your body through the “yo-yo” effect in the process. Once you know your number, just eat 100 calories more per day for a couple weeks to see how your body responds, then you can adjust up or down accordingly. Do not drastically change your calories intake, take small steps.
The best way to add the extra calories is from protein (contrary to popular belief). The chances of the extra calories from protein causing FAT gain are significantly less than if you get the extra calories from carbohydrates or fat. In fact, every time you eat, your body experiences the “Thermic Effect of Food”, which simply means that digesting food requires work (therefore calorie burn), and protein has the highest thermic effect of the three macronutients. It is true that your body can only handle a certain amount of protein (or carbohydrates or fat, for that matter) at one time, but that does not mean that your body decides to simply turn it into fat, that is not the case. If you ingest more of any food than your body can handle at one time, the food will either pass through your body partially digested, or it will digest it eventually. Food MUST be digested before it can be converted into fat or anything else. Therefore, your body will either digest the food now, pass it partially digested, or digest it in time. Protein is essential for muscle recovery, and if you are active, chances are more likely than not that the protein will only help the recovery process further (most active people do not consume anywhere near enough protein for optimum recovery and growth).
I went off on a tangent here, but I hope this helps answer some questions about gaining weight.
(I am a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science)