Just add peanut butter!

Just add peanut butter!

Are you having trouble gaining or maintaining your weight?  I am on a very strict bodybuilding style diet, and always have trouble maintaining my weight.  I eat six meals a day, and if I am very strict for the entire week, I usually tend to lose a pount or so during the week.  It was always a problem for me because I don’t want to lose weight, nor do I want to gain weight.  I pretty much want to keep where I am at, but don’t want to lose hard earned muscle dropping a couple pounds.  Previously when I would step on the scale and find that I am too light, I would eat like a hog for the next day or two trying to add those pounds back on.  I would still eat clean, but just more of it.  The problem with this is that I would end up gaining back the weight more in fat than in muscle like it was intended.  That’s because I gained the weight back too fast, and it was stored more as fat.

My solution to this, for me at least, is to add in a spoon of peanut butter with each of my meals.  I already was doing this when I would take my MRP (Meal Replacement) shake, because it didn’t have quite the number of calories I was looking for.  Now, I add a spoon of peanut butter in with my other three main meals I have.  This adds about 80 calories to each meal depending on the spoon size.  Now I am no longer losing weight, but maintaining it all week like I have always wanted to do.  Of course, if I start gaining unwanted weight, I will simply just do a half spoon or not add it to one or two of the meals.  Best of all, it’s a very inexpensive weigh of adding calories to your diet.

The results I have had with adding peanut butter have been outstanding.  Even though peanut butter is high in fat, your body needs fat and I don’t get a lot of it in my diet with eating mainly very lean chicken, rice and vegetables.  Instead of trying to pack back on the weight I have lost and adding unecessary fat while doing so, I have maintained my weight with a lower body fat percentage which I can definitely attribute to keeping my weight consistent with the added calories of peanut butter.  While no two people are alike and this may not work for you, if you have a similar problem of gaining or maintaining weight, I highly recommend you give this a try!

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