Gaining Weight

October 6, 2009

A few of my friends would like to gain some muscle mass.  In fact, one of the questions I get most is, “How can I gain weight?”  I’ve only been asked this by guys, and they ALWAYS want to gain their weight by increasing the amount of muscle they carry.  This post will be very brief and will serve as an intro to the next few.  These post are for those muscle-hungry friends.

There are 3 keys to gaining muscle.  They are:

1. Muscular overload through a balanced and progressive resistance training program

2. Adequate nutrition that ensures that the muscle builder receives enough carbohydrates for energy and protein sparing, plus the building blocks (amino acids) necessary for muscle growth

3. Sufficient rest, i.e. sleep and recuperation time between workouts

We’ll begin to delve into these topics starting tomorrow.


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19 Responses to “Gaining Weight”

  1. JJ Jalopy says:

    Great intro, Darryl.

  2. Kate McKeon says:

    Yeah, funny thing about men and gaining muscle weight . . . in study after study, women preferred less weight on their guys. So if you’re doing it to look good, STOP! We’re not after the bulked up look.

    If you want to compete for Mr. universe, then by all means . . .


  3. Jenn B. asks if you can ever tighten up the skin in the belly area after having babies – hate to tell you this doll…… lol FYI Darryl, if you have a way other than surgery, you will be a very rich man!!!

    This is good info for some men. I do know some guys who are a little too thin. I’ll have to pass this along.

    Lisa McLellan
    Child Care Expert,
    Babysitting Services, Babysitting Tips, Babysitters, Nannies

  4. Vicki says:

    I agree with Nick about weight gain and calories. As far as the muscle mass yes it has to be more than just adding calories.


  5. Excellent overview I look forward to learning more

    Jose Escalante

  6. If you want to gain weight, it’s all about the calories. If you want to gain weight and muscle mass, then you need to make sure that you’re eating enough of the right foods at the right times as well as making sure to get enough calories. A lot of people think that they can simply load up on a lot of crappy food and still gain muscle, but it doesn’t work that way.

  7. Pam Schulz says:

    Oh to have the problem that you WANT to gain weight…sigh…Good tips for those who do!

    Expert Houston Retirement Planning & Wealth Management Services

  8. Hi Darryl,

    Great information on fitness to gain weight for muscle bulking up for those, especially men, who want to fill out and not be so wirey or skinny.

    Sound advise with their diet and specific kind of exercise regime to provide them with that result.

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell

  9. Keri Eagan says:

    Rest is easily overlooked. And, ok sometimes I’m in a hurry and don’t rest I sort of pause…a bit like slowing down at a stop sign….I always stop btw.

    Keri Eagan
    Anything Alternative

  10. Mister P says:

    Good advice! I know some people that want to gain weight. I’ll direct them here.

    Bert (alter ego- Mister P)

  11. Abosuletly, I agree bout protein, exercise and enough sleep

  12. What’s the purpose of putting on weight? Presumably it’s to look good. Otherwise it’s not about putting on weight, it’s about increasing strength and/or endurance, isn’t it?

  13. David Power says:

    This is a wonderful post!!! Thanks Darryl

  14. Scott Payne says:

    Cool Stuff… I always enjoy your blog… Thanks for the insight and great information. It’s cool learning about a new topic that I didn’t know much about.

  15. The doctors used to worry and question how thin I was…well no more let me tell you! So I love the info but perhaps you could comment on toning and losing the baby stomach? Is there a chance for the skin to tighten up after being stretched for so long?


    Jen Battaglino
    The Harwood Center – Tinnitus, Chronic Illness, Fears, and Anxiety

  16. I wrestled in the 98 pound class as a freshman and sophomore, my problem was I weighed about 83 pounds. I couldn’t gain wait, now I don’t have the problem. There wasn’t much info on this in the early 80’s.

    I figured a gallon of apple juice weighed 8 pounds so that would be a good place to start. Wrong solution.

    Robert Martin

  17. John Ho says:

    I love to gain weight given I’ve a small frame and slim.

    So you next few posts would be extra interesting to me.

    John Ho
    Numerology Expert Helps Understanding Personality for Better Influence & Persuasion

  18. Rob Northrup says:

    Finally something I am an expert in…

    Oh, you said gaining Muscle weight… so still not an expert…

    Your advice is really good Darryl, anyone who listens to you will excel in their fitness goals.

    Seize the Day,
    Emergency Preparedness For the 21st Century Family

  19. Weight gain has never been an issue with me. Your advice seems sound.

    Steve Chambers
    Sales Training Speaker



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