In the beginning stages of training I was so eager to evaluate my build. I wanted to gain size, I fantasized of the theory of taking up space, and fitting out my clothes. I would see guys in suits, or polo shirts and see how their build added more appeal to their style of dress. I was on the hunt to take my body to another level.
And just like any skinny guy, we think we can eat anything we want, because we have a fast metabolism, we believe we need to eat ourselves full to gain size. It took me a few months to understand that my theory was farther from the truth. As you probably quickly realized like myself, building muscles isn’t a fly by night accomplishment. Gaining muscle can take months, and even years, of hard work in the gym, and in the kitchen to get the body you always wanted.
To gain weight you need a calorie surplus.
A calorie surplus is when you eat more calories than you burn. For example, if you eat 3, 000 calories and burn 2,500, you’ve created a surplus of 500 calories. These extra calories could be stored as fat, but in your case of training, the extra calories are used for extra energy to build muscle.
Creating a calorie surplus should be your foundation, especially for naturally skinny guys, ectomorphs body types, or hard gainers. You can track your caloric intake by using apps like myfitnesspal. Myfitnesspal will allow you to see if you’re creating a calorie surplus or you are in a calorie deficit.
Why Serious Mass?
I recommend a weight gainer, Serious Mass. I’ve been consistent with Serious Mass over the years of my training, and believe it to be one of the most effective supplements to add muscle to your frame.
I consume serious mass after a workout, keep in mind you have a 30 – 45-minute window to refuel your muscles after training to avoid muscle breaks down. I would consume a second shake mid-day or two hours before dinner.
Serious Mass has 1,250 calories per serving, 50 grams of protein for muscle recovery support, and 250 grams of carbs. Protein is vital for your muscles The American College of Sports Medicine recommends to increase muscle mass with physical activity you need to consume 1.2 – 1.7 grams of protein per body weight.
For example, if a 160lbs male wants to put on muscle mass we would multiple 160lbs to 1.7 grams, the sum would be 272grams of protein he needs to pack on muscle. Serious Mass has 50grams of protein which is 4 calories per gram which is equal to 200grams per serving. If you have two shakes per day, you’ll l be at a protein surplus. Being at a protein surplus will feed and help grow your muscles.
Carbs are your best friend, when it comes to gaining weight. Protein and Carbs both contain 4 calories per gram, in serious mass there is 250 grams, which is equivalent to 1,000 per serving. three solid meals, with two serious mass shakes in-between will put you at a calorie surplus.
When doing this you will feel uncomfortable for sure. You’ll be expanding your appetite with Serious Mass, but after a while it will become normal for you, which is what you want for muscle growth.
I recommend sticking to a schedule, with using myfitnesspal, like I said earlier if you wish to see results you want to identify a clear objective and track your progress through the week.
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