It’s All About the Gains, Bro.
Muscle is cool. Being the skinniest, weakest looking dude at the beach isn’t.
But what do you do when the weight just won’t pack on, and the muscles aren’t showing up? You read this.
The first and most important step in weight gain is your diet. Skinny guys can’t get away with a skinny man’s diet. If you stick with your half a chicken breast and a small side of veggies for dinner, you will never get anywhere. That’s a promise.
In order to fight your body’s natural ability to keep your weight down you need to step up your food intake. This means that you need to at least double the amount of food you are eating.
You need to make sure you have a calories surplus at the end of the day. If you don’t, any work will be for nothing because your body will work to break this food down and keep you looking like your scrawny self. So shoot for approximately 250-500 surplus daily calories.
Train like a Beast
Up until this point you were probably on cloud nine thinking you could gain muscle weight by simply eating the right foods. And while that is a hugely important part of it, without training the extra food will turn to fat and you’ll have a whole different obstacle to conquer.
As far as training plans go, ectomorphs shouldn’t stick with the traditional 5 day split routine. Your body isn’t built to respond well to this and it will end up being worthless. You’re training for strength. The goal is to get bigger and get stronger.
Focus on shorter, strength based workout plans with major compound lifts such as deadlifts, squats, presses, etc. Compound lifts do what we skinny dudes are looking to do–put on mass.
Sleep is a key component to healthy weight gain. The more muscle you are building up, the more sleep you need. So skip the 3 AM nights and get some shuteye.
Keeping all these tips and tricks in mind, you should be able to work your way out of flagpole status and achieve a weight that will not only be healthy, but will also give you the confidence and self-respect that you desire.
Want more in-depth advice? Check out the original article at Lifetailored.com to see each step broken down further.