People can usually meet their needs for protein by following a balanced meal plan. Good sources of protein are lean meats, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter and beans.
Some athletes need more calories to gain weight or maintain their weight. For example, you may need to maintain your weight for endurance sports because of the large amount of calories you burn. Endurance sports include running, swimming and biking over long time periods or distances. Weight gain may also help to build muscle. This may help you if you participate in contact sports, such as football and hockey.
A healthy weight gain goal is about ½ to 1 pound each week. Gain weight slowly to avoid gaining too much body fat. An exercise program that includes strength training will help you gain muscle weight.
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