Biggest Diet Mistake
So you’re a skinny guy, you’re somebody that most people would refer to as a hard gainer. And all you want to do is gain some weight and build some muscle but it seems like no matter what you do your body just won’t let you gain any weight. Trust me I’ve been there after working out and burning a whole bunch of fat it became really hard to put on any extra muscle for me. In high-school people would call me lanky and even though I was strong especially for my weight I didn’t feel like I looked strong and for whatever reason, that was important to me like I’m sure it’s important to a lot of you. Over time I changed that and I promise you it’s possible for you to change it too. You can learn everything you need to do to change it in this video today.
Let’s start first with the term hardgainer I want you to eliminate it from your vocabulary because every disadvantage that you have can be turned into an advantage. Focusing on your disadvantage of putting on muscle will not help you build muscle it’ll only help you find excuses for why you can’t. Again I don’t care how fast your metabolism is you can build muscle and you can build a lot of it by doing the right things. So stop calling yourself a hardgainer…….hardgainers, by the way, are very lucky because after they put on muscle they’re usually the ones that look super aesthetic because it’s easy for them to stay lean.
To gain weight, first of all, you should be challenging yourself with a progressive weight training program. This means you should work on incrementally increasing the weight you’re lifting for every one of your exercises especially for the compound major lifts like squats, bench and dumbbell presses, deadlifts and weighted wide grip pullups or barbell rows. Progressive overload in your compound lifts is super important to build mass however it’s not the only thing that you have to do. When I was in my sophomore year of high school I was benching 205 for almost 10 reps. And I remember somebody in our high school gym came over to me and said you don’t look like you can do that weight. and even though he meant that as a compliment he meant that I’m stronger than I look that’s not how I took it.
So around my junior and senior year, I started to increase the amount of food that I was taking in. And even though this did help me grow it only helped me grow a little bit. It wasn’t until after high school that I really discovered how important eating the right food in the right amounts…how important that is for building Mass. Here’s what I learned first of all if you’re going to the gym lifting the heavyweight but still struggling to build muscle I need you to drastically increase your carbohydrates. And I don’t mean carbs like candy ice cream chips and junk food I mean carbs like brown and white rice sweet potatoes quinoa buckwheat couscous Ezekiel bread and even regular whole wheat bread and pasta is a must if you’re struggling with building Mass.
Now I know this isn’t the general advice that you’re going to get because there’s a huge carb phobia in the fitness industry nowadays but I’m telling you if you’re hitting the gym hard that’s what you’re missing. Back in the 70s and the 80s bodybuilders like Arnold were very fond of a 40-40-20 split where they would have 40% protein 40% carbs and 20% fat. And for gaining muscle this was always the split that I noticed the most results with. You may be wondering why a high carb diet will help you gain muscle. And the reason why is because of insulin. At the end of the day, we’re trying to get you to gain weight here. To lose weight we know that we need to keep your insulin levels low.
To gain weight the inverse is true we need to keep those insulin levels High. And carbs are the most insulinogenic out of the three macronutrients protein carbs and fats. So but having more carbs you’re going to be able to spike your insulin and gain weight easier. It is absolutely unnecessary for you to have more than one gram of protein per pound of body weight. However with carbs if you’re skinny and you just can’t gain muscle no matter what you do the Sky’s the limit with carbs. Most hard gainers Focus way too much on how much protein they’re having and they’re doing trendy diets like keto and intermittent fasting. And I know that keto and intermittent fasting are both great diet plans to burn fat but they are far from the best diet structures to build muscle. I normally tell you guys that it doesn’t matter how many meals you have per day or how often you eat.
Check out my client Alex’s transformation where he put on a whole bunch of muscle.
My passion for fitness began when I was 14 years old. I naturally fell in love with training and haven’t stopped since. At 18 years I acquired my first personal training certification from ACE after which I opened my first gym in 2011, Gravity Training Zone. I'm now in the process of opening up my third location! I love to share my knowledge through personal training, my online courses, and youtube channel now with over 1,000,000 subscribers! I'm always here for my customers so if you need help don't hesitate to send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org