We often hear about people looking to lose weight when training, but what about the guys and gals out there that are trying to bulk up and add muscle mass? We don’t hear about them nearly enough, but it is a real struggle.
For skinny guys especially, putting on muscle mass can be far more difficult than it might seem. Some of this might be due to natural metabolism, but some of it is also not knowing how to properly eat and train to put on muscle.
These five mistakes in particular are things that plague skinny guys when trying to add muscle mass to their frame.
Not Eating Right Or Enough
It is safe to say that the vast majority of the time, if you are a skinny guy or girl and can’t seem to put on enough weight, it is because you are either not eating right or not eating enough. Even if you feel like you are eating a lot, you might not be coming close to what you need to gain mass.
The workouts are important, obviously, but skinny guys can struggle with thinking that they are eating enough food when they need to be adding much more to their diet. There are a number of calculators out there that can provide you with a better idea of what your intake should be.
The key is to have the right additions to your diet. Lots of proteins, carbs, and healthy fats can result in positive weight gain that adds muscle to your frame instead of just needlessly putting on pounds just to get heavier.
Take a look at your diet first and foremost. This is likely the reason why skinny guys out there struggle to put the weight on their frames that they have been looking for. Try adding 200 to 300 more calories per day until your stomach can make the adjustment and see how that benefits you.
Having a supplement to mix into a high protein shake can be a great way to achieve this added calorie intake.
Mostly because of marketing schemes out there, we as a society have unrealistic expectations when it comes to weight loss. Unsurprisingly, there are those same unrealistic expectations when it comes to putting on mass.
The fact of the matter is that, to add natural muscle, it takes time, consistent workouts, and a steady diet. If you put on too much weight in short order, it isn’t going to be the kind of weight that you need to build muscle in a healthy manner.
Here’s the reality: you will likely put on a pound or two of muscle per month. Putting on 50 pounds of muscle in a month just isn’t going to happen. Be realistic about your goals and it will help you focus on doing the right things over the long run.
Not Planning It Out
Another huge mistake that is made far too often is that there is no plan in place. Skinny guys might feel like they can just eat what they want when they want and that doing some curls will result in the muscles they have always dreamt of.
But the fact is that you have to remain consistent in your workouts and your diet to see steady gains over a long period of time.
Create a workout plan for each day of the week. Focus on a body part or two in each workout and make certain to stick to your routine.
The same can be said with your diet. Map out your week so that you can keep yourself in check even in the laziest of times.
This also allows you to maintain consistency and avoid those cheat days that tend to plague workout and dieting plans.
Without a plan, you’ll be floating in the water waiting for results that won’t come. Create a plan and stick to it. That’s the way you truly see results.
This goes hand in hand with unrealistic expectations. If you try to rush into putting on weight, you’ll either see little or disappointing results or wind up getting hurt. It is important not to rush your workouts or go too hard because serious injury can follow.
Not only is this dangerous as it can result in serious injuries that you will have to deal with and recover from, but it will set you back in your weight gaining goals. That can lead to frustration, which can hinder your workouts, and the whole cycle will continue.
Take your time with your workouts. Find that sweet spot and ramp up slowly going forward. You will have a better idea of what works for your body and what doesn’t and you will avoid those nasty injuries that can lead to setbacks or worse.
Again, putting on muscle takes time. Don’t try to rush it and you will be in a better position in the long run.
Not Making Muscle Growth a Priority
This is especially difficult for younger guys out there: trying to balance work, a social life, the internet, video games, and working out simply doesn’t work. There are only so many hours in the day, and you can’t dedicate yourself to everything under the sun.
If you are serious about putting on muscle mass, it has to be a focus. Going about this half-heartedly will only lead to stunted results, which will frustrate you and could potentially push you away from becoming more serious about your workouts.
Take your dieting seriously and stick to it. Take your workouts even more seriously and make growing proper muscle mass a priority. When you do this, you begin to notice the changes in yourself and can adjust accordingly. Without that focus, you’re just lifting heavy things with no real linear plan.
Keep your focus if you want to see real gains in your workouts and begin to see muscle growth.