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How Do You Gain Weight Fast?

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Crazy topic for an article, right? I mean – everyone wants to lose weight, right?

Except for you.

You are skinny. Weak. Frail. You feel unimportant and physically useless. You can’t take your shirt off at the beach, and women aren’t attracted to your body.

So, we have a problem: how do you gain weight without it being all fat? You certainly don’t want to be skinny fat.

The solution is found in the tips below. Read on, and be skinny no more!

Tip #1 – Get Stronger to Gain Weight

Um, get stronger? YES! Get stronger.

Weak is small. End of story. If you want to stay small, then stay weak. If you want to add weight that isn’t all fat, then you’re going to need to get stronger. A lot stronger than you are now.

You aren’t chasing strength for strength’s sake. Pushing yourself in the gym for more strength is known as progressive overload.

Progress overload is, simply put, magic. It builds muscle. A lot of muscle. That’s what you’re after right? Of course! You certainly aren’t after fat gains.

Ever wonder why every workout system under the sun seems to work? It’s because the skinny guys stayed dedicated and got a lot stronger using that system. No rocket surgery involved.

It really doesn’t matter which workout program you choose, as long as it’s designed by someone who knows what they are doing. Pick a workout that motivates you to train, hit the gym, and…

…get stronger!

Tip #2 – Eat More to Gain Weight

Listen, I know what you’re thinking: I’m already eating a lot of food. No, you’re not. You just think you’re eating a lot of food.

You can’t gain weight eating Pop-tarts for breakfast, a McDouble or two for lunch and then a plate of ma’s lasagna for dinner. While that seems like plenty of food, it’s not. How do we know?

Because you’re not gaining weight.

I know eating more is hard. Many things in life are hard. I feel your pain, I really do, but you really only have 2 options:

  1. Continue to eat what you’re eating. The result – you continue to look the same.
  2. Eat more food and gain weight. The result – you allow your body to build muscle and you will look much better.

You’re going to need to find a way to eat enough so that the scale starts moving. Consistently, but not too rapid. A couple of pounds a month is plenty. In a year that will add up to a 24 pound gain.

Pretty impressive, huh? You bet.

Top 3 – Stay Consistent to Gain Weight

I know this tip seems obvious, and it probably is, but remaining consistent isn’t easy.

How many people do you know that workout 3-4 days per week, 52 weeks a year without fail? Very few I suspect.

How many people do you know that purchase treadmills and then use them as coat racks? Quite a few I suspect.

The same goes for dieting and nutrition. How many people do you know that stick to an eating plan year round? Perhaps… um…zero.

If you manage to stay consistent, eat properly and lift weights year round, then you will gain weight. If you stall and stutter and slack off every other week, you won’t make progress.

Don’t be one of those guys that half-asses his training and eating plan, and then goes on to an Internet lifting forum whining about how the plan sucked. Progressive overload and eating more food will always work, when utilized simultaneously, properly and consistently.


What prevents you from remaining consistent? If there is anything we can help you with, please leave a question in the comments section below.

Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw is the founder of Muscle and Brawn, and a powerlifter with 30+ years of experience. Steve's recorded a 600lb squat, 672lb deadlift and a 382lb bench press.
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  • Naren Oct 4,2013 at 10:27 am

    i eat more food than guys who is physically build..but i still stay skinny and he is not loosing weight.may i know why?

    • Mick Madden Oct 4,2013 at 2:06 pm

      You need to eat enough for your body. Time to start tracking your daily calories, and then try to increase them.

    • kelton Mar 2,2014 at 12:01 pm

      Looks like someone has already responded, but you need to increase your calorie intake. Calories are what’s gonna help you gain. You can look online to find a calorie calculator to find out how many calories your body burns a day and then do your best to intake more than what your body is burning. You will only see a difference in working out if you are intaking enough calories for your body to support the routine. It’s counterproductive if you’re not intaking enough because your body will just burn off all the calories.

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