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Author: Regev Elya, author and creator of FreshBeetle . Com . Feel free to drop by from time to time, I write about nutrition and exercise and try to hunt scientific gems and expose them to the general public, for the sake of truth.
How to Gain Weight Fast With Low Calorie Diets – Is That Possible?
I have been working very hard lately in order to regain my former size, as I have lost most of it during my last year. I have traveled ‘heavily’ this year and lost a lot of my weight, but I found out something pretty interesting over there in the mountains of Burma. You see, I used to believe weight changes and fluctuations are merely a matter of calories in and calories out, but I’m starting to see the big, broad picture now.
I think there is a huge component most people do not take into account: hormonal changes. I truly believe, after seeing various indigenous cultures, that hormonal changes make a far more vital role in playing with your weight rather than the caloric value of the food, a lab-invented gray technique to measure food.
I have seen people who eat a lot and stay slim and fit, while other western people try all of these strange crash diets and staying fat and obese. I think the reason behind it, from all the scientific documents I have read, is the hormonal changes that processed foods trigger. The most obvious example would be the whole hype over low carb, paleo and primal diets. These diets succeed. I mean, I have seen an almost perfect rate of success with them among my forum members and I truly believe that hormonal changes are the key here.
Is it possible to gain weight and muscle while being on a low calorie diet? I don’t think so. Well, unless you are a genetically blessed monster. Anyway, I do think you can get very fit and healthy by following a weight training program and a low calorie (‘life extension’ style) diet. If you want to get really big though, you will have to eat. Like it’s your job. Make your priorities.
How Do I Gain Muscle With Minimal Food Input Then ?
Well, that is a very big question, and I do not think I am qualified to answer it, but I will try anyway. As I mentioned above, muscular and body re-composition are mostly a matter of hormones. If you manage to get enough of these anabolic hormones – you are on the right track. However, it is very hard to achieve with a low calorie diet since your testosterone levels are naturally lower on such a diet. Also, you might not have enough nutrients and calories to allow for muscular growth.
I do recommend ‘working your way’ to the minimum effective dose when it comes to calories. Always add a little more and track growth. That way, you can be sure you insert as little as possible but are still on your way to achieve your goals.
- Diet And Exercise To Lose More Weight (dietcleanse.org)
- HCG Diet-New Kid on the Block (weightlossdietforum.com)