Gains: Just the Beginning

I was talking to my doctor about my uncontrollable weight loss and she mentioned joining the Gain Squad. For the people who haven’t heard of this tready workout idea then let me explain.

What is gains?

According to Urban Dictionary, “Gains is best described as a lifestyle that many take to put on muscle and get into shape. However, gains isn’t just about getting big muscles and looking lean. One will find that making gains consists of: the process of lifting, eating healthy, and making life decisions based off of ones health”.

So I thought instead of bombarding you with all this information I will slowly ease you into the process. What you might not know is that may fitness “gurus” create their own version of gains. They charge you about $20 a month for a plan that includes workouts, meal plans and some other tips. Since I can’t really afford that I decided to create my own that caters to my needs. If this sounds like something you would like to do as well, I will lead you through the process of creating your own.

I learned that reddit is your best friend. There are many people in fitness forums that not only will help support you through the process but will even share tips with you. They have people that share their meal plans and even give you advice on what brands to buy from.

The first step in creating a meal plan is to know how much calories you need to have daily. The website I used was had a Weight Gain Calculator. Here is what mine looked like:

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I chose the calorie boost because I have a hard time putting weight on.

Then once you hit calculate it comes up with how many calories, carbs, protein and fats  you intake.

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If you keep reading the article on the website it explains what kind of workouts you should do to gain that muscle. I even love that they have all theses tips and resources you can utilize.

After that the next step is to use the Macronutrient Calorie Calculator. I did this extra step because my boyfriend is diabetic so he can’t eat a lot of carbs. So this tool lets you pick a common diet ratio. Here is my example:

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After finding out your results you can customize your own meals. I started using Fitness Tracker to see exactly how much I am eating so I never go over. So far that has been helping me see what exactly I am eating. I recommend you read the rest of that article to get a better understanding of what this calculator is used for.

Tomorrow I will show you how to plan out a week’s worth of meals and lunches.

I hope this helped you as much as it has helped me. Please feel free to leave any comments or questions below. Any likes and shares are appreciated!

 

Love,

Erika

 

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