We always hear ads on weight loss but not so much on weight gain. The same diet and lifestyle which is responsible for healthy weight loss works equally well for a healthy weight gain too. If you are skinny, want to stay healthy and strong on a plant-based lifestyle, this article is for you.
It’s easy for people to lose weight on a plant-based lifestyle, but they fail to maintain it or keep themselves fit once the body finishes decent detoxification. In many cases, people eat a high-fat diet but fail to gain even an extra inch. Why is it so? Animals don’t worry about losing or gaining weight. They just stick to their natural regime. The world’s largest animals like elephant, gorillas eat plant-based food. Just like healthy weight loss, weight gain is a sweet side effect of a healthy lifestyle.
The protein myth
The entire world believes that the body builds based on proteins and that healthy weight is possible only because of proteins but the fact is the human body is alkaline. Proteins obstruct the flow of energy to the organs.
We cannot consume acid and mucus-forming foods like proteins from cereals, grains and animal products just with a focus on gaining weight. Protein intake bulks bodybuilders, but also cause acidosis leading to kidney problems and dialysis, calcium leaching causing rheumatoid arthritis and similar issues.
The right way to build gain weight
Gaining a healthy weight on a healthy plant-based lifestyle is not based on consuming fats from animal products, oils, cereals and grains. Raw foods provide the pathway to clean the body and to strengthen the muscles. It has to always be muscle together with strength and stamina based.
Let’s look at some of the common issues to build muscles:
1. Gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) Toxicity–The inability to gain healthy weight (or lose weight) on a plant-based lifestyle is poor assimilation due to an unhealthy intestinal tract. GI tract is like the tree trunk and all the organs are in the branches.
Just like a garden hose pipe gets clogged with green algae over time. as we grow eating animal proteins like dairy, meat, eggs, fish, cooked grains, gluten-containing wheat, alcohol, refined and processed foods, oils, thin layers of food get deposited on the intestinal walls. The colon or large intestine is lined with tissues that make mucus also called the mucosa in an attempt to guard the walls from all the acidic foods. As days progress, this mucus thickness increases, the older layers of undigested food matter putrefy and newer layers form on top of it. This is called mucoid plaque. Over the years, it becomes a thick layer lining the walls of the colon.
Mucoid plaque blocks the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrition. Capillaries lining the colon pick up toxins from the colon to cause diseases. It is a double-edged sword – it was created by the body to protect us but it also causes tissue death leading to malabsorption in the body.
Having a raw food diet with plenty of greens and fruits over a long period acts as astringents and dislodges these sticky plaques that might be settled in all places of absorption.
Moving the lower portions of the body in turn, moves the stagnant lymphatic system which can be achieved with yoga and other abdominal exercises. Some of the nutrients may not be properly absorbed by your body until your body fully cleanses itself and adapts to the new diet. Hence, the time taken by the body to improve its assimilation capacity could vary from person to person. This should not be a reason for concern as long as you keep eating enough of the right type of nutrients.
2. Cooked food – Eating too much-cooked food drains the vitality of the body and dehydrates it. It keeps the body working harder and longer.
Reduce the number of cooked foods.
Eat more raw foods that digest faster.
Give enough gaps between them giving more room for the body to work on itself.
3. Parasite infections – What do parasites feed on? As they are scavengers, they feed on dead and decaying matter, their poop is even more acidic. These can corrode the intestinal tract. When old undigested matter has not left the body in time, new food putrefies too. These parasites eat most of the food leaving nothing or less for assimilation.
Keep the body as alkaline as possible over extended periods of time.
Ensure the bowels are frequently emptied not leaving much for rotting is the key to starving the parasites and flushing them out.
4. Gorilla foods– Just eating fats alone will not result in weight gain. But blending plant fats with a lot of leafy greens and having them in every meal increases strength, muscle mass and weight gain.
Plant fats are not recommended during a detox / cleanse phase, its recommended during a build phase with a mix of greens. Do not combine fats with fruits.
Plants have all the building blocks to keep us fit. Leafy vegetables have a lot of superfood like qualities to fuel the muscles.
Include berries, microgreens, beetroot, fruits and many such foods in the form of juices.
Workout – Early man did not lead a sedentary lifestyle. Muscular atrophy slowly builds up over time with a sedentary lifestyle. What one must focus on, is to look strong and muscular as opposed to weak and lean. Focusing on strengthening the core with yoga/weight training is the key to gaining healthy mass. Strengthening the core burns calories and one also feels hungry.
One must be willing to exercise slower, harder and longer to see results.
Focus on fewer muscle groups in a week, slowly push it harder, give it enough rest.
Feed yourself quality gorilla foods to keep the muscular power pumping.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” — Will Durant
5. Hydration - We need fluids to move every single organ of the body. Peristalsis needs hydration to avoid stagnation. Water regulates body temperature, eliminates toxins, carries nutrients and oxygen to the cells, and provides a moist environment to lubricate body tissues and joints. The blood comprises 25% of the fluids and the lymphatic system comprises of the 75%. The lymphatic system which collects and distributes toxic waste from all the trillions of cells to the excretory system needs plenty of fluids to move it.
Maintaining a healthy 70% water balance in the body is crucial to growing the cells even if its healthy fat in the form of muscles. Just consuming water alone may not help. Consuming high-water rich foods whether it’s a fruit or a vegetable must be your first choice.
To gain a healthy muscle mass, one needs enough hydration not just from plain water but from natural bioavailable fluids available in fruits, juices and greens.
6. Rest – Rest is the key to building a healthy muscle mass as muscles grow during the rest period. Many people over-train themselves and fail to listen to their body screaming for rest. Such people also don’t see growth. Stress is the enemy of growth. Over-exercising causes enervation, catabolic action and acidosis, but rest helps relax those muscles that were pushed, puts the body into an anabolic state.
Resting is equally important to grow muscles as much as working towards building strength, endurance, and muscle.
Rest allows your muscles, nerves, bones, and connective tissue time to rebuild the microscopic tears caused in training those atrophied muscles.
In summary, enough time and effort to cleanse the body during the detox phase, consuming raw foods in the category of fruits, berries, greens and vegetables in the form of juices, leafy greens, exercises, enough hydration and rest are the key to a healthy weight gain and leading a happy and healthy life.
(About myself: Formerly I was with the IT industry for 2 decades and also have my own venture on healthy vegan baking. I have suffered life-threatening allergies and survived twice. I learnt to heal naturally and applied the same on both my kids aged 13 &10. We as a family live a healthy, disease-free lifestyle. Based on my experience and what I have gained from reading, I help others in reversing their ailments naturally and holistically.)
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