Body Weight Gain during the Off Season

The off season is the perfect time for you to increase weight. Gaining muscle mass requires an increase in energy intake, and a good time for this is when your energy expenditure (training) is not so great. Even though the off season is a time for relaxation, you will have to be a little more diligent and aware of what you are eating.

Even though your main aim may be to increase lean body mass, your skinfolds will more than likely increase slightly as well. Your skinfolds will come down as pre-season is launched with an increase in training volume.

Achieving a high energy diet to enhance weight gain is not about ‘pigging out’ on nutrient-poor foods at every opportunity. You should consider quality as well as quantity, as excessive energy intake without considering the right nutritional balance will promote fat storage.

Tips for increasing energy intake and gaining weight:

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