How to GAIN Weight on a Plant-Based Diet

Seems like everywhere you turn, somebody’s got a new solution to help you lose weight. But what if your problem is the opposite: instead of wanting to lose weight, what if you want to put it on?

If you’re sick of being the stereotypical “skinny vegan,” and want to look as strong as you feel, then what do you do?

Even before I was vegetarian or vegan, I had trouble gaining weight. But with enough focus, I eventually figured out how to do so, through a combination of nutrition (hint: lots of peanut butter sandwiches!) and lifting weights. And a few years later, having lost the weight as a vegan and ultrarunner, I set out to gain weight once again — and I succeeded in putting on 17 pounds in six weeks.

In today’s episode, co-host Doug and I discuss why someone might want to gain weight, whether or not it’s healthy in the long run, and exactly how to do it on a vegan diet.

Here’s what we talk about in this episode:

  • The not-so-complicated calorie formula for gaining weight
  • A vegan “fat shake” — the recipe
  • Why you should stop running to bulk up
  • Supplements I’ve used to build muscle
  • Are there health benefits to putting on weight?

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  1. Stephen D says:

    Really enjoyed this one! Together with your recent chat with Robert Cheeke they reflect the thoughts and ambitions I’ve had lately, speaking as another small and skinny vegan.
    I’m currently training for a marathon so I won’t be able to work on weight gain just yet but as soon as that target has been achieved (and hopefully smashed!) I’ll be working on gaining muscle and definition.
    As I said, it’s great to have an insight from a regular skinny guy like me instead of some insane macho man who is just intimidating or just comical.

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