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Question: What Is Your Advice For A Hard Gainer In The Army Where We Can't Have More Than Three Meals A Day?

I myself am a real hard gainer, I am 5'10 and 140 lbs. I am an excellent shape and I am extremely disciplined. I am a soldier in the United States Army. So I work out every single day, but I am only allowed to eat 3 well-balanced meals a day. Sometimes two. Now I know you say you have to eat 6 times a day but I am on a 24/7 schedule where I can't just go to the store and eat something. Is there no hope for me gaining weight or is there a supplement that will at least help me put on at least ten to fifteen pounds? If so, please let me know I am going to do some of the most rigorous training in the US Army, Ranger school and I want to gain some weight so everything isn't sticking into my bones, and so I can be able to carry those 100lb rucksacks without falling over.

Thank you,
PVT Mark M.

Answer #1

I think you should try GNC and get a protein weight gainer in the shake form. They come in different flavors and you can drink them with your meals. Since the shake is kind of thick and it doesn't taste very good, you can divide your daily servings and drink them with your three meals per day.

Answer #2

The key to weight gaining is consuming more calories at each meal than you are able to burn until the next meal. Most people recommend 5-6 small meals a day when you are trying to lose weight, the premise is that you are only supplying your body with enough fuel to reach the next meal a couple of hours later. This teaches your body not to store unused calories, but to allow them to be fuel because the body is not in famine mode, having to store fuel until whenever it might get fueled again.

The way to gain weight is to apply the principles of multiple meals and increase the calories. There are several weight gainers out there that taste good and contain quality ingredients. The factors to look for when choosing a gainer are: protein source (is it a quality whey, or a low bio available milk and egg), carb source (complex carbs that have a low glycemic index, or full of sugar), carbohydrate to protein ratio (is it about 3:1 carb to protein, or is it full of sugar and very little high quality protein). There are a few companies out there that meet all of these requirements: Metabolic Nutrition, Champion Nutrition, and Ultimate Nutrition. Shop around. A 7-9lb container shouldn't cost more than $36 - $38.

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