12 Things To Know If You Struggle With Gaining Weight

    It's really not as simple as you'd think.

    Recently, some readers asked BuzzFeed Life for advice on how to gain weight in a healthy way.

    So we spoke with Albert Matheny, C.S.C.S., co-founder of Soho Strength Lab and advisor at Naked Nutrition to come up with general ways you can improve your exercise and eating habits to healthily put on more weight.

    Before we get into it, a disclaimer! Weight gain, like weight loss, is a personal thing that can be different for everybody. All the stuff we talk about in this story should be taken as a general suggestion — which means it might not work for you personally. There are many reasons for why some people have a harder time gaining weight, which can range from simple things like having a higher metabolism to more serious conditions like Hyperthyroidism. If you're hoping to put on weight, you should work with your doctor to figure out what's best for you and your needs.

    OK, so. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind.

    1. It's not a matter of just eating anything and everything to get more calories.

    2. The amount of calories you eat must be significantly more than the calories you're burning.

    3. You should be eating every three hours.

    4. Getting enough protein is extremely important.

    5. Try to eat the right amounts of protein, carbs, and fat.

    6. The type of exercise you're doing is either really going to help or hinder your weight gain.

    7. Lifting heavy is the best way to put on muscle, which is the healthiest way to gain weight.

    8. Make sure you have enough energy going into your workouts.

    9. And you HAVE to refuel post-workout.

    10. The way you refuel is going to depend on what type of exercise you're doing.

    11. Drinking alcohol will seriously mess with your progress.

    12. If you're still not gaining weight eat an extra 500 calories per day.