How I Stay Healthy After Gaining Weight

Packing on a lot of mass after many bulking cycles, may leave you concerned about your health. I've grown from 140lbs to 265lbs over 12 years. Once in awhile I get asked valid questions like "How do I avoid a heart attack with all the new bulk?" or "I'm afraid of getting diabetes which prevents me from growing more." The answer to these type of questions is not a secret and is probably obvious, but this is how I stay healthy after gaining a lot of weight (getting fatter).

Regular doctor visits and getting blood work done.

This will obviously pinpoint any potential health issues so they can be corrected right away. They'll be able to tell if you're at risk for diabetes, have good or bad cholesterol levels, at risk for heart disease and any other health concerns.

For example: I had low HDL (good) cholesterol at one point. I was able to correct it through dietary changes. I decreased my carbohydrate intake and started using fish oil supplements. 2 months later, my HDL cholesterol levels were back in the normal range. I continue to use fish oil supplements.

My doctor also used to tell me to just lose weight instead, but eventually he got the picture. I loved being big.

I realize not everyone has free health care like here in Canada, so going to the family doctor for a check up every 2-3 months might not be in the budget. If I was in that type of situation, I would gain weight more gradually to reduce stress on my body and allow it to acclimatize to the changes. An example of how to do this is to set a goal like 2 pounds of bodyweight per month or however much your body can handle without feeling too many adverse effects, like getting winded walking distances you normally wouldn't. But still, nothing will replace a visit to the doctors.

Words by Dan Profane

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