Whether prior, during, or after gaining excessive amounts of fat, I`m sure the negative effects of gaining such weight have crossed the mind of every gainer to some extent at one point or another during this process. Yet, our burning desire to grow fatter tends to override these concerns. I have found in my own experience that there are “better” ways to gain weight - not to say that we can completely escape the potential negative effects, but we certainly can minimize the risks.
Contrary to popular belief, the most severe risks of obesity do not come from the physical presence of fat on our bodies. Rather, it comes from certain components of the food we eat. While the physical presence of the fat can potentially pose some increased risk for Arthritis, joint and cartilage damage, etc, many of these conditions are hereditary and likely to happen anyway. The far more common and severe risks associated with obesity that we should worry more about come from the cardio-vascular system. Heart attack, heart disease, blocked or hardened arteries, high blood pressure, etc. The main causes of these problems come from sodium and cholesterol.
There are plenty of high-fat sources that have little to no sodium or cholesterol. A personal fattening favorite food of mine is the avocado. A single avocado can have as many as 30 grams of fat (almost half the daily recommended limit) and 350 calories. This is a great food to add to your diet - place it on a sandwich, burger, salad, or make guacamole to use as a chip dip.
Another great source of calories from fat with minimal amounts of sodium and cholesterol is olive oil. A single bottle has over 6,000 calories and 700 grams of fat. It is very simple to add to your diet - use it to cook meat, noddles, rice, etc. You can add it to beans to put in a taco or burrito, mix it with tuna and mayo to make a tuna sandwich, or even add it to a salad. Salads can be great dishes for gainers - you can make a simple and fairly cheap salad with lettuce, tomato, spinach, cucumber, green or red peppers, etc. You can rev up the fat and calories by adding some avocado slices and olive oil. You can get your daily serving of vegetables as well as plenty of calories from fat.
Just adding a 25.5 fl oz (750ml) bottle of olive oil to your diet could add enough calories to gain 2 lbs. I can feasibly down an entire bottle over 1-2 months. That would translate to 12-24 lbs in a year. Eating 1 avocado every week could add 20,000 extra calories to your diet over a year, allowing you to gain an additional 5 lbs. You could eat an otherwise healthy diet and still gain 15-30 lbs/year just adding these two foods to your diet without increasing your intake of sodium or cholesterol, thus not increasing your risk to related health problems.
I hope this gives you guys some insight as to how I have been able to gain weight so fast and helps you to blow up your body like a balloon as I have over the last half decade.
120 lbs gained from left (2007) to right (2012)
For those of you who are interested, here are my health statistics as of a few months ago:
Weight: 275 lbs (125 kg)
Body Fat: 130 lbs (47%)
Blood Pressure: 130/80 (70 beats/min)
Cholesterol: 188 (47 HDL/107 LDL)
Blood Pressure Chart: