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Weight gain theory

How muscles are built

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Working out
and efforts

The workout plan
> workout 1
> workout 2
> workout 3
> workout 4

Rest days are vital

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Eating plan Phase 1:
Bulk up

Eating plan Phase 2:
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The Mindset
Thoughts determine results

Weight gain theory

Now we’re getting to the really good part. Of course you can just print up and follow the exercise plan as designed and get the results you want, but I think that knowing why you are doing what you are doing helps make the task a little easier…well, if not easier then at least more bearable and will allow you to work out with more purpose and conviction. That is actually a very important part of the whole thing so don’t skip past Chapter 13 on the Mindset because your brain is probably the most important muscle to strengthen in order to make changes in your body.

Ah, here comes the fun part. There are many theories that get tossed around in the weight loss/ weight gain science arenas. There is the old standard calories in vs. calories out theory that says if you take in more calories than you burn you will gain weight and vice versa. According to this way of thinking, you need to eat about 3500 calories above what you are burning to gain a pound. But, how do you make sure that you are gaining muscle and not fat?

Here’s where things start to get a little more complicated. A lot of the other theories flying around have to do with ratios. The ratios I am referring to compare the percentages of your diet that come from protein, carbohydrates and fat.

For muscle gain without fat loss the recommended ratio is usually 40/50/10 meaning that 40% of your total calorie intake is from protein, 50 percent is from carbohydrates and 10% is from fat. This is noticeably less fat than the weight loss ratios which usually call for a minimum of 20% fat and that may seem counterintuitive to you, but eating too much fat will actually slow down your weight gain for a couple of important reasons:

It fills you up more quickly so you will end up eating too few calories.

It is more difficult for the body to store or use as energy and actually requires more calories to process (I know, this is the opposite of everything “they” taught you in the 80s and 90s)You need to have adequate protein and carbohydrate intake to support the new muscle growth you are trying to achieve. The minimum protein intake for muscle repair is about 1 gram of protein for every pound of your bodyweight, but you will need to check your ratios and be sure to get about 40% of your total calories from protein.

You should track everything you eat for 2 to 3 weeks until you understand what the right amount of food and ratios look like for you can then continue eating the same way. If you stop gaining weight or lose weight, simply go back to tracking your meals until you are back on track again.

As for the “how much to eat” part…Remember when I mentioned back in chapter 3 that you are underweight due to a combination of a high metabolism and not eating enough? That is usually the thing the skinny least wants to hear. You probably think you eat a lot, right? Track your current food intake for a couple of days and you will likely be surprised to find out you are not eating nearly enough.

You need to be eating 5 or 6 substantial meals per day with the 40/50/10 ratio in order to gain enough weight. There are plenty of complicated formulas for figuring out exactly how many calories you should be eating in order to gain weight, but an easier method is to take your current weight and multiply that by 15 and base your caloric intake on that number. If you aren’t gaining a pound a week you should multiply your weight by 16 or 17 until you begin to see the increase you want.

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