Originally published on 11/23/2010:
What? That’s it?
Let me spell it for you: E-A-T. What? That’s not a secret? You already knew this? Possible. But a wise man named Stephen Covey once said “Knowing and not doing it is not knowing”…or something like that. And it couldn’t be more true. For all of those of you out there who are trying to add muscle mass to their frame and have a hard time doing it, this tip applies to you. And please do me a favor and stop thinking you’re so special and that the problem must be something else because you think you’re eating enough. I don’t know you, but if you’re not gaining muscle, you’re not eating enough. Period. Stop blaming your fast metabolism, your genetics or anything else for that matter. You’re not eating enough!
Yeah, yeah, you have a fast metabolism…now go eat a sandwich
I’ve heard it so many times: “…but I eat all the time; it would be impossible for me to eat more than that. I’m sure that’s not the reason why I’m not gaining weight.” Eat more. You are not special; your metabolism is not preventing you from gaining muscle; your genetics is not limiting you. You’re not eating enough, plain and simple. Eat more and I’ll guarantee you you’re going to put on some weight, and way faster than you think. I’ve actually witnessed gains as fast as 6-8 pounds a month with clients and athletes who really make a dedicated effort of taking in large amounts of quality foods. And no, none of them were on performance enhancing drugs. Stop being jealous and making excuses for yourself. Just eat more!
Mandatory sandwich eating for everyone!
The truth is that there are in fact many factors to account for that are responsible for increasing muscle mass. Things like: an appopriate training program, the intensity you put in your training, the quantity and quality of your sleep, the amount of time allowed for recovery, your stress level, your genetics and your testosterone levels are all important factors that contribute to gains in muscle mass. But don’t think you’re so special that it might be one of these things that really is limiting your progress.
Simply, put it this way: if you are lifting on a regular basis and you are eating more calories than what you burn in a day, you will gain muscle. Guaranteed.
Enough said. Now, go eat!
P.S. Do me a favor and send this information to all the hard gainers around you.
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