If you have ever told anyone that you were trying to gain weight, I bet you got a real weird reaction. Most of the people you come across are attempting to lose weight, so when you mention that you are trying to gain weight, you might possibly hear, "You can take some of mine" or "Why do you want to gain weight?". You might say, I don't know, while thinking in your head because I'm tired of spending all my money on food and still being a skinny weakling. You don't have to be that skinny guy any more because I have some tips to share with you on how to gain weight. I know it is frustrating trying to pack on the muscle and year after year you find yourself giving up because you have not seen any results. Well do not give up quite yet, the information you are looking for about how to gain muscle mass is waiting for you just around the corner.
Eat Nutritious Healthy Foods
You are what you eat, this is a truth that many people do not believe in. However, it is very true that if you eat crap food all the time, your body and its functions are going to turn into crap as well. Eating foods that are whole, solid foods is exceedingly important for not only your long term health, but also because it is the building blocks of muscle tissue that you are so desperately trying to build. When I articulate whole foods, I mean stay away from fast food restaurants and minimize the amount of meals you eat at any other restaurant too. If you are serious about gaining muscle weight, then planning ahead is your best friend. Plan, plan, and plan your meals the night before. If that means cooking them then so be it. You can not rely on some unhealthy restaurant to supply you with the nutrition you need to repair your muscles, because the nutrients are most likely not in their food.
Tracking of your calories is essential at first. You want to have a good idea as to the amount of calories that you are consuming on a day to day basis and also what those calories are consisting of. If you are not gaining muscle then that means you need to up your calorie intake, however if you notice that your fat levels are raising, then back off the calories a little bit.
Don't Waste Money on Supplements, Unless They are Proven to Work
The number one thing that you need down pat is your diet. There is just no use for a supplement unless you have the vital parts down first. It is true that a few supplements can aid you at gaining weight. I do not totally agree with using many supplements, I kind of view it like Vince DelMonte views it. He is pretty much against all supplements except creatine and protein powder.
I believe that creatine, protein powders and a good multivitamin are a nice addition to your diet. The reason for the multivitamin is just to make sure your body has all the vitamins and minerals it needs to repair itself. It is hard to make sure you are getting every vitamin you need from your food, that is why I suggest the backup plan multivitamin, just to cover your butt.
Trigger Your Muscles to Grow with Training
Your training routine will have a large affect on your success to acquire weight, mainly sparking your muscles to grow. The only weight you will gain without doing an exercise program with the other two steps is fat. I am sure no one is aiming at gaining fat, if you are I pray for you lol. This is the step that plants a seed in your body that then requests that you feed it so it can grow.
Choose a workout that is in the 4 to 8 rep range and aim at pressing heavy weight. This rep range will target your fast twitch muscle fibers and fast twitch deals with your strength. It is best to focus on mostly compound, multi-joint exercises such as squats, deadlifts, pullups, and bench press. These exercises will help release large amounts of testosterone and will help your whole body grow.
To Sum Things Up
If weight gain is your goal, then you must consider following these 3 tips. You need to eat high quality foods that are whole foods, eat enough calories, only use supplements that are proven to work, and execute a heavy weight training program.
I hope your muscle grows in your sleep,
About the Author
Cory Cook is the co-creator of HardgainerMuscleBuilding.com, a website specifically designed to teach the ectomorph the laws and scientific principles for building a classic, muscular and functional body.
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