I’ve said it hundreds of times that if you want to be bigger and more muscular but you aren’t gaining weight then there is no way around it, you have to eat more food. I don’t care what fancy high volume split routine workout program you are doing or what crazy supplement you are taking, if you are not getting the adequate amount of calories then you are basically screwed and your bodypart measurements won’t go up as fast either.
If you’ve read my last article then you know that there is no such thing as “hardgainers” because unless if you have some serious problem with your digestive system or something along those lines then you could eat more food overtime and gain weight. All of this weight gain doesn’t happen overnight, but if you stay consistent with your meals while following progressive overload with your calories then you will gain weight and that’s a fact.
If you were to add 25 calories to your daily caloric intake per week then that means that after one month you would have added 100 calories and after a year you would have added 1200 calories, so it adds up relatively fast.
If you liked the tips I gave you last article then you are going to love these just as much, follow these things and you will be on the right track to gaining more weight.
Lets get into it.
7) TRY TO FINISH THE MEAL BEFORE EVERYBODY ELSE
Since we want to eat faster then something that could help us would be to kind of try to turn this thing into some sort of competition with yourself because even though nobody knows that you are playing, its still a little game that you could play with yourself to keep things a bit interesting.
Have you ever noticed that the skinniest people are usually the last to finish their meals and the biggest guys usually finish their first meal first? Well I have noticed and witnessed the patterns several times and I think that it bares repeating that you need to eat faster so you don’t get full as fast.
8) EAT THE DENSER AND HARDER FOOD FIRST
Remember when I said that your body starts to register and process the fact that you might be starting to get full after 15-20 minutes? Well if you eat all of the softer food like the vegetables and mashed potatoes first and leave the steak for after then that will be later on in the meal so you would most likely get full faster than if you were to eat the mashed potatoes and vegetables first. Once you’ve eaten the steak then the rest of the plate is pretty much a piece of cake so just make sure that you get the “harder” food out of the way first.
This is one of the reasons why most people have more room for desserts after their main meal because they don’t require as much room as the main meal. On the other hand, if you were to eat your dessert first then it would seriously compromise your room, eating time and stuff of that nature so just make sure that you eat the big, thick, hard and dense foods first while you are still fresh.
9) TAKE MORE BITES WITH LESS FOOD INSTEAD OF LESS BITES WITH MORE FOOD
Its a known fact that if you take more bites with less food instead of less bites with more food then you will finish your plate faster because the big direct mouth servings take a lot longer to chew than 2 smaller mouth servings. In other words, when you take smaller bites it makes it easier to swallow the food with minimal chewing and you could do it a lot quicker. When taking bigger bites, swallowing is a lot harder and jaw fatigue kicks in a lot sooner so just make sure that you follow this rule because its really an important one.
This brings me to my next point.
10) CHEW AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE TO PREVENT JAW FATIGUE
I mentioned above that if you chew too much then your jaw will fatigue fast and feel like it is getting some sort of workout and once the jaw starts fatiguing then that is when you will start to eat a bit slower because you will feel more limited. This is one of the main reasons why eating competitors will train their jaw muscles like crazy because they know that if their jaws fatigue too soon then they will basically be screwed. So basically if you minimize and focus solely on quality chews then you will finish the meal a lot faster than you’d think.
11) KEEP YOUR HEAD A BIT CLOSER TO YOUR PLATE + UTENSIL
This is a good tip because your fork or spoon will have less distance to travel and the food will get to your mouth faster which means that you will finish the meal in less time. Remember that we are not necessarily trying to rush, but after 15-20 minutes your brain starts to process and register the fact that you might be starting to get full so this will result in you eating slower afterwards.
Keeping your head closer to your plate and utensil is similar in the sense and it is kind of like a “cheat code” in the food eating world to cut corners because it helps you get more calories in at a faster rate.
Another way to think of it would be like when you are drinking out of a water foundation and your head is super far from the hole that is shooting out water as opposed to being closer to it. The closer your head is to the hole then the more water you will be taking in, this is common sense.
12) PRACTICE EATING COMPETITIONS WITH A FRIEND FROM TIME TO TIME OR COMPETE IN REAL ONES
If you are semi serious about becoming better at downing more food in one serving then try to find a friend or someone else who you could have friendly eating competitions with. This will add a fun component to the mix and it will also make you a faster eater because now there will be some sort of adrenaline and competitive dynamic to it.
If you are extremely serious about the art of eating more in one sitting then why not just join a food eating competition? You don’t have to commit to it for the long haul, but if you show up to one then you will be in that environment and you will really start to be surrounded by real eaters which will make you understand how to really take it some serious amounts of food.
In conclusion, I hope you learned a thing or two from this list and if you did then be on the lookout for my Part 3 coming out very soon where I will wrap up the rest of the tips and tricks you need to know in order to push yourself to your limits in one sitting.