How to gain weight when you think you can’t

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Your weight depends on your age, your gender, genetics, and body type. If you've tried everything to gain weight - and listened to all the tips friends tried to give you (eat a lot of protein, sugar, and carbs, follow a strict fast food diet for 2 months, eat right before you go to bed, eat more snacks, eat four meals a day, ETC) but still have not gained a single pound, maybe you should stop focusing on your weight.
Instead, focus on your health. You are the owner of your body, so you are responsible of taking care of it. Dumping junk food in your body just to gain a couple of unhealthy pounds does not sound very caring, does it?

A healthy way to gain weight is by, believe it or not, exercising. And I'm not talking about the treadmill - I'm talking about weight lifting. Physical Therapist Ajith Jain says:

Strength training is recommended for gaining weight. Taking good nutritious food, high in protein, would help your muscle gain hypertrophy and increase your body composition.

If you try to gain muscle instead of fat, you actually control where you want to gain weight. For example, if you would like your arms to be a little fuller, you lift weights with your arms until you've build muscles.
A lot of girls and women are afraid they are going to look like a 'muscular boy', but for most women, it's not even possible to gain that much muscles. Women develop muscles in a different way than men do. You really won't look like a oily muscular weight-champion when you gain a couple of healthy pounds by weight lifting.

A good way to gain muscles all over your body is by rock climbing. During rock climbing, you will use almost every single muscle in your body. Your legs, arms, tummy, hands, - everything will be used, and therefore all those muscles will grow.

So please, dump the junk food - and start eating some banana's! Be proud of your body and who you are.

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16 Comments

  1. Heather
    Posted December 29, 2007 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for this very insightful information! I was trying to get big but building muscle sounds a lot better. God bless

  2. Carleen
    Posted March 4, 2008 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Yes, that is true, however some people like myself don’t have enough fat to turn into muscle, then what? I was thinking of seeing a nutritionist.

    • little me
      Posted October 3, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      i feel your pain… im a 71 lb 16 yr old

  3. Annika
    Posted April 3, 2008 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    What if you can’t do rock climbing?

  4. Posted April 11, 2008 at 11:21 pm | Permalink

    there are several options. You don’t have to go rock climbing to gain muscle. You can do weightlifting for example. Start off with small weights – just a couple of pounds. Build your muscles slowly.

  5. hardgainexpert
    Posted June 2, 2008 at 6:17 pm | Permalink

    This is some good information for those having trouble gaining weight and build muscle mass. I would also like to add the importance of breathing squats, which are pretty much the closest thing to a miracle exercise for hardgainers. I have seen literally dozens of people (myself included) gain up to 30 pounds of muscle in as short as two months with just breathing squats and a few other exercises alone

    • little me
      Posted October 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm | Permalink

      are u serious?!?! 30 lbs? thats amazing… i definately want to try this… can you explain to me what breathing squats are??? hopefuly i hav enough fat to build into muscle…

  6. sarah
    Posted January 16, 2009 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    what is breathing squats??

  7. Arielle
    Posted July 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    This really works guys! I’m so serious. I was kicking my bead back and forth and practicing with my soccer ball and i think it really works!

  8. Posted December 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    ahhh and that would definately not help, so I guess 8-10 at 250-300 will have to do

  9. Posted December 30, 2009 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Liked the post. Are you doing any new years resolution this year? Mine is to stop smoking and lose all this weight I’ve gained this month lol.

  10. Posted January 26, 2010 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Really great site that you have built good info thanks.

  11. lolita
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    i agree with the idea that we should care about our health
    exercise will also make u eat better
    for me i tried yoga it was magically helpful . i was able to finish my plate and my appetite is better, it felt like my stomach has change and can bare some food in it

    as a health care provider a recommend that u do a complete blood count every once in a while as long as your hemoglobin is normal u can relax

  12. Posted March 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    thanks for the info! id love to give rock climbing a try… I’m trying to gain weight in a healthy way and starting a blog on my experience. any tips would be great :) love your blog!

  13. sadie
    Posted May 30, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Permalink

    to videos on how to gain weight:

    how to gain weight: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-C5EDhrTPc

    how to gain weight fast: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=91pVgV6xx-g

    maybe it can help a little bit <3

  14. Pigeon
    Posted July 18, 2011 at 11:04 pm | Permalink

    Exactly! And I’m afraid I wouldn’t be strong enough.

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