Since joining NBS almost 2 years ago when I was just interning here, I have managed to add about 100 lbs to my bench press, well over 100 lbs on my squat, and well over 100 lbs to my deadlift. Needless to say, if you are wanting to become a stronger version of yourself, then this is the only gym in Memphis that is right for helping you reach success. In addition to adding pounds to these lifts, I have put on about 30lbs of bodyweight in the time that I have been here, too! I truly believe that this wouldn’t have been possible had I not surrounded myself with others that were more knowledgeable on getting bigger and stronger than I was. In the time that I have been here, I have learned a couple of things along the way on how to pack on the pounds, and I would like to share them with you.
First of all, if you want to get big, consistency is king. You have to be consistent on your meals and on your training. Yes, there are probably going to be days when you “don’t feel like it”, and you may have to force feed yourself, but that is just the nature of the game. No one ever said it was going to be easy. Typically, depending on how big or small you are currently, you will probably be eating around 6 to 8 times per day about every 2 to 4 hours.
What you want to try to shoot for is to have all three of the macronutrients in your meals. Each meal should consist of a source of carbs, fat, and protein. Depending on what your occupation is, or how much whole food you can shovel into your mouth, you may want to supplement with one to two protein shakes throughout the day, but no more than two. A decent increase in bodyweight would be anywhere from 1 to maybe 2lbs per week. Anymore than that and you are probably going to end up having too much excess fat, or as some say, the wrong kind of weight. A little extra never hurt anyone, but too much could have a negative effect on your daily life, health. etc.
Recently I was dealing with some gastrointestinal discomfort and digestion issues. This, too, can be a common thing that people deal with when being in a hypocaloric state. For weeks I thought that it was something that I was eating that I just couldn’t digest very well. I tried a variety of different carbs, but nothing was working. I felt bloated all of the time, especially in the evening. I asked some of my peers about it, as well as mentioning it to my nutrition coach. I came to the conclusion that I should get some raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar, probiotics and digestive enzymes. Boom! A week went by, and I didn’t have any issues. Another week and another week, and now its been well over a month, and I have not had any problems, fingers crossed. So, if you’ve been looking to pack on the pounds, but have been dealing with bloat, and GI issues, I would give those a try immediately. I’m not saying it will work for everyone, but it worked for me.
Have a cheat meal once or twice a week. If you are one of those people that call yourself a “hardgainer,” then this will be ideal for you to help you pack on those stubborn pounds. Time and time again I hear people say that they “just can’t gain weight.” Well, the answer will always be the same, eat more! You are not exempt from the laws of thermodynamics! However, I will say that just like the journey goes for losing weight, it will be the same for gaining. It is not a sprint, it is a marathon, keep chipping away day by day, meal by meal and before you know it you will be a monster.
One of the great things about nutrition and your body is that it is dynamic; it is ever changing. You can go through periods of adding on weight and periods of losing weight. Usually, no matter which one you are doing, you will be learning something about nutrition and yourself. You will form new habits, some good and some bad. The important thing to realize is that it is a journey and you’ve got to learn to enjoy the journey. You may have slip ups from time to time, and that is okay. There is no success without failure.
As I stated earlier, I had someone to help and guide me along the way. If you aren’t well-educated in the science of nutrition, then we have some pretty experienced people here that can help you gain, or lose depending on what your specific goals are. Remember, it won’t always be easy, but if you want it bad enough, it will definitely be worth it.