Gaining weight for the Pacific Crest Trail 2018

I’d like to gain about 30 pounds before I set foot on the Pacific Crest Trail in 2018. I’m fairly tall (6ft3) and I’ve always been slim. In my opinion it’s difficult to gain weight, and I’m sure many would disagree! haha.

I’ve taken protein supplements in the past, but the ones I tried did not contain any carbohydrates to speak of. I’ve spent the last few days thinking about how I could drink my calories and I’ve tried a new recipe today:

  • Oats (blend these first)
  • Two bananas
  • Ice cream
  • Peanut butter
  • Milk
  • Two scoops of protein powder

I was surprised at how well oats blend, and the taste is also surprisingly nice. I love chocolate, to the point I’m a chocoholic, but in my opinion the vanilla flavoured soy protein powder tastes nicer than the chocolate soy protein powder; however, the chocolate whey protein powder is nice! I used vanilla ice-cream as well, but chocolate protein powder and chocolate ice-cream might be nice.

You can add olive oil (I haven’t tried that yet) to boost the calories even more. I have a sweet tooth, but I’m going to try add a more citric fruit next time (in addition to the bananas) as it was perhaps too sweet.

I’ve looked around online and there’s a few different “serious mass” drinks you can get, I’m not sure how good they are in actuality and they’re awfully expensive. I’ll see how I get on with this idea first! A lot of ice-creams are fairly low in calories, so make sure you check the ice-cream you buy.

From my perspective, it’s really disappointing how all the foods these days are designed around helping over-weight people. There’s literally aisles upon aisles of low-calorie food in supermarkets, but there are no aisles dedicated towards high calorie foods. I mean, you’re effectively paying more for your “petrol” to do less mileage…

There’s millions of articles about how you should eat healthily and whatnot. I’m no dietitian, but the simple fact is that if you burn more calories than you eat you’ll lose weight, regardless of what you eat. Conversely, I just have to consume more calories :).

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