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BendtheBar 09-20-2011 12:37 PM

Diet Planning for the Hardgainer
Diet Planning for the Hardgainer

T NATION | Diet Planning for the Hardgainer

"Every so often I run into someone with the metabolism of a hummingbird on methamphetamine. They're lean, wiry, and have trouble putting on solid weight. Often they'll have a tremendous appetite and can put a serious hurt on the dollar menu at McDonalds, yet still never make noticeable progress on the scale. As a result, despite training their boney asses off, they look about the same, year after year.

If you're part of the hard gaining club, this article will explore a few methods to help you start seeing measurable progress from your bodybuilding efforts.


A common concern of the hardgainer crowd is that once they start adding weight, they lose their beloved washboard abs. You're going to have to let go of this mindset if you want to make muscular progress. Holding an extra film of water from higher calories doesn't mean you're piling on fat, it just means you're keeping your body in a state of abundance so it can grow.

The freaks you see on the cover of FLEX magazine with more rips and cuts than a Detroit bus seat are within a few weeks of their competition condition. They don't stay like that year round. Offseason bodybuilders often look more like powerlifters than what you see in the magazine spreads. Holding some extra weight also helps with strength. More girth and bloat equals better leverages and better strength in the gym.

Don't worry, when it comes time to lean out, your stellar metabolism will shed the fluff very quickly, but for now, use it to your advantage.

Remember, abs on a skinny guy are like big boobs on a fat chick. They don't count."

T-Bone 09-20-2011 02:06 PM

The sooner more people understand this, the sooner they will meet their goals.

bamazav 09-20-2011 03:06 PM

Good reminders and article.

Off Road 09-20-2011 04:09 PM


Remember, abs on a skinny guy are like big boobs on a fat chick. They don't count."
That's awesome...I have to remember that line.

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