View Full Version : Should I use dates for gaining weight if I am too skinny on raw foods?
01-10-2012, 09:49 AM
Sometimes, especially after using too many watery fruits, people have a tendency to get really skinny.
01-10-2012, 09:57 AM
I would think that nuts and seeds would be far more effective at packing on pounds, though if you eat enough dates, I suppose that would work too. Just look for calorie dense foods.
01-10-2012, 10:05 AM
There are many great recipes with nuts dates and seeds. they are sooo good. You would need to increase your calorie intake. Iwish I had that problem.
01-10-2012, 10:14 AM
Most nuts are a pain in the butt though, you have to soak them for 8 hours to have them.
I don't think they work that much for gaining weight. You would have to have a lot of them to make them work.
Last time I ate a lot of dates, I gained like 3 pounds in one day.
01-10-2012, 10:16 AM
Then it looks like you already know the answer to your question..
01-10-2012, 10:20 AM
Well, how do dates compare to nuts and seeds?
Does gaining weight without working out always put on fat? Do I have to work out to use these dates to put on muscle?
01-10-2012, 10:23 AM
Nuts and seeds have more protein, so I'm sure any body builder would tell you to eat those instead of dates. Dates are pretty much sugar. As for muscle vs fat, if you want to gain weight and you want it to be muscle, working out will be essential. It really all works out to math.. why don't you just start tracking what you're eating at one of the websites that will add up all the calories for you?
01-10-2012, 10:29 AM
Some body told me that although protein is essential for muscle, carbs are used first for energy before protein and fats, so they tend to build muscle quicker.
01-10-2012, 12:00 PM
If you're already skinny and you switch to a raw food livet then you will become skinnier as the body releases it's toxin storages. Once the toxins have dumped then the body will rebuild using all the good nutrition you are feeding it. It takes time. But also typically when one switches to eating raw they don't get enough calories because they aren't used to eating so many large meals that their taste buds aren't accustomed to. With time all the food will become delicious and it becomes easy to eat lots.
I don't know if you absolutely need to work out to gain muscle, but it seems to me that doing so increases mass compared to sitting around all day.
Coconuts have some type of growth factor as I recall. You may want to do some research on that.
Goji berries have growth hormones. Also you may wanna do some research on that.
Greens are full of amino acids that build muscles. Ever seen a skinny gorilla? LOL Typically they consume TONS of greens and they are HUGE.
If you're skinny and you want to build muscle then you need to eat more while exercising. And I mean much much more. If you think you've eaten enough, eat more. LOL You get the point. And you need to experiment with what makes your body feel good. I am a person that can't over eat nuts and seeds because they make me feel like crap when I do. I need to keep it balanced by greens, nuts/seeds/fats, and sweet fruit. David Wolfe talks about eating like this in his Sunfood book, and I find it to be very effective to follow this as a general rule. BTW, the cheapest place for that book is at the sunfood website.
01-10-2012, 01:00 PM
I kinda cheat sometimes. I use raw almond butter instead of almonds or raw cashew butter or even Tahini. I even saw raw pumpkin seed butter at WF.
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