Being skinny seems great. You get to eat whatever you want, never get fat, and fit into any clothes you want from the shops. But the reality is, that us skinny guys (yes, I still see myself as a skinny guy), hate being skinny! We hate how it feels, hate how it looks and hate the fact we struggle to add muscle mass.

Gaining weight, just like losing weight, can be a challenge. There is a common misconception that it’s only those that are trying to lose, are the ones who struggle. But that is simply not true.

That is why I have decided to write this article; to help guys who feel that skinny man pain.  

Below are 7 key steps to help you grow mentally, and physically. 

  1. Overcome the anxiety of being skinny
    You need to accept where and who you are and the fact that the heaviest weight you lift, may be the warm-up weight for another guy. But life is what it is, and you must accept and embrace it, and start from where you are. Stop worrying about others, and start focusing on YOU.
  2. Eat big, but eat clean
    This is a must. Just because you’re skinny does not mean that you can eat rubbish food and benefit from it. Remember, the key is to add muscle, not fat. By overeating lousy food, you will eventually start putting on fat, regardless of your body type. To add muscle, you must increase your intake of food. If you increase calories, you will eventually gain muscle. Consistency and control is king here.
  3. Water, water and more water
    So many people are dehydrated, and this really does affect the muscle size and feel. Along with look, it also affects the performance of a muscle. Water makes up as much as 70% of your muscle, so it makes a lot of sense when you look at it like that. Aim to drink around a gallon of water per day.
  4. Focus on your training while in the gym
    It is so easy to get distracted and lose focus.  It’s critical that you stay on track and remember why you’re in the gym in the first place, and what your end goal is. I find a great way to keep focused and stop others talking to you during rest periods, is to use headphones and look at the floor while resting. People who lift will understand you’re there to work, not socialize. Chat before and after in the reception area, but keep the weights area a no friend zone.
  5. Focus your attention on compound lifts
    They are very basic and the fundamentals of all bodybuilding plans. They are also essentials for hard gainers. These lifts are often neglected by many, as they are hard. Many people prefer to do more reps and sets using so-called “easy exercises,” rather than to focus on harder lifts that really push and challenge your ability.
  6. Have food ready
    There is no easy way to add muscle; it involves eating clean, healthy and balanced foods on a regular basis. The key here is to be prepared. Preparing food is a must. Make sure that you at least have your next meal in the fridge ready to go. Never leave the house with no food and plan carefully what and when you need to eat next.
  7. Post workout shake
    This is such a vital part of recovery, and muscle gains and so many people underestimate the importance of pre and post workout nutrition and supplementation. Load-UP has been specifically designed for the hard gainers out there. With a perfect ratio of carbs to protein, from elite sources, along with creatine, BCAAs, glutamine, electrolytes and joint support, it is an all in one product that will help you smash past those sticking points to gain muscle mass fast.
Everyone is different. What might work for one person, may not work for the next. Get yourself to an accepting and comfortable place mentally, before you take on the challenge physically. Give yourself time and don’t expect results overnight. It’s a process, and at times, it will make you want to bang your head against the wall because the results aren’t coming quick enough. But hang in there. Keep working at it and follow the steps I’ve laid out. The results will happen if you put in the work…and the time.

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