By Anthony Ellis
WHY CAN'T YOU GAIN WEIGHT?
Though there may be many reasons why you may be thin, the most
apparent reason is because of your genetics. If your parents
are naturally thin or have a small body frame, then you will
most likely have the same small body type.
To some degree, your size can also be controlled by your
metabolism. If you have a difficult time gaining weight of any
kind (fat or muscle) then you most likely have a fast
metabolism. That simply means that your body burns calories at
a faster than normal rate. You must take this into account
whenever you are considering a particular diet or training
program. Is it geared towards someone with your metabolism and
Now as you know, there are many ways to train. Hundreds,
thousands even. Some work and some do not, but for the
goal of gaining weight, there are a few UNIVERSAL things that
all skinny guys must do.
Though much of the information I cover here is not as
as you may like, I consider these rules to be the basics with
regard to weight gain. These are not all of the answers, but
they are definite elements that MUST be addressed in any
successful weight gain program.
You should be able to easily integrate these rules into your
current program to make it more suitable for your particular
body and goals.
1.Get the proper information that pertains to your SPECIFIC
condition and goals.
The first big problem I find in most people is the lack of
correct information. Yes you are motivated and doing things,
but your effort is wasted on incorrect dieting and training
information. Basically, skinny guys are taking advice from
people who have never had a weight gain problem. Want to know
how to gain weight? Then find someone who has walked your
shoes. Someone who has been where you are.
2.Set a specific goal and create a plan of attack.
If you were to drive cross country to another city, would you
just start driving randomly, or would you plan a route that
would get you quickly and efficiently?
Think of your plan as a road map and your goal as your
destination. Without a plan and a specific goal you will be
without focus and can easily get lost or side tracked. This
happens more often than you know. I see many people in the gym
just doing whatever, or just eating whatever -- no plan or
specific goal. They wonder why they don't make progress. They
have no focus.
Having a specific program to follow allows you to take action
each day. This action is focused on specifically getting you
your destination quickly. There is no thinking, debating or
guessing. You just do it. A specific plan provides necessary
daily structure that not only keeps you on the road moving
forward, it also helps to develop good eating and training
habits that will benefit you long after you have reached your
3.Have confidence in yourself and belief in what you are
Let’s face it; we live in a cruel world. Hate and jealously is
everywhere. For most people who begin a fitness program to
improve themselves, getting started will be half the battle.
The other half will be staying motivated throughout the
constant onslaught of negativity from others. A few negative
words can do serious damage if you allow it.
The most insulting things you hear may be from friends,
co-workers and acquaintances at the gym. People hate change.
makes them insecure, because they suddenly discover there’s
to you than they were probably willing to admit. They fear
you may actually achieve your goal. It makes them look less
Once you have begun your plan, you must have faith and believe
in what you are doing. Stay focused and avoid overly critical
or negative people. If you have to, keep your business to
yourself. When I first began my program, I stopped talking
about what I was doing because I got tired of hearing things
like “you can’t do that”, “that’s impossible”, “you’re wasting
your time and money”. Funny thing is, now those people are
constantly bugging me for advice.
It’s your life. It’s your body. It’s your dream. Don’t allow
your success or failure to rest in the hands of others.
In Part 2 of this article, I will cover your workout rules and
guidelines to MAKE SURE you gain muscle.
About The Author: Former "skinny guy" Anthony Ellis is the
creator of the most widely used weight gain program in the
world. This unique program designed to help people gain weight
and build muscle, is currently being used in over 90
For more information on how to gain weight and build muscle,
check out his website at www.fastmusclegain.com