n the late 1960’s, a group of researchers went to the Vermont State Prison and asked for volunteers. The researchers sought to overfeed prisoners with a normal body mass index until they increased their body weight by 25%, and then study the impact of weight gain.
Simple, right? It should have been, except for one astonishing fact: some prisoners could not gain weight, no matter how much they were overfed. One participant increased his caloric consumption up to 10,000 calories per day and still could not increase his body weight more than 18%. When the experiment concluded, the prisoners had no problem returning to their original weight.
Eat More Calories
Remember, your body is constantly trying to maintain homeostasis. Even if you focus on eating more calories around breakfast, lunch and dinner, you may unintentionally reduce your caloric intake during other times without realising
Find out how many calories you need in order to stay the same weight every day, and then increase your calories by 15%. You can do this easily by adding calorically dense foods into your diet, such as adding a few glasses of whole milk into your diet every day or a tablespoon or two of olive oil into your meals.
- Olive oil (130 calories per tablespoon)
- Peanut butter (190 calories for two tablespoons)
- Dark chocolate (250 calories for ¼ of a bar)
- Avocados (230 calories for one whole avocado)
- Whole milk (200 calories for two cups)