If you're a skinny guy, you may be OK with it. I wasn't. I expected that when I grew up, I would fill out.
In my twenties, I had no idea how anything worked. I was very, very skinny (a lot of guys are) and was told that I would just naturally "fill out". Yes, that's the term I heard - fill out. So I waited for my pathetically skinny body to just fill out, because I supposed that it was a natural process of aging. By the time I got to 28, I still hadn't filled out, and was so skinny that I was embarrassed by my body. I didn't like myself, and it made it difficult for me to like other people. Whatever lean muscle that I had from high school gymnastics was gone, and I wondered if something was wrong with me? Was I wasting away from some mysterious disease?
Right around my 28th birthday I paid good money to go see a doctor only to find out that I was skinny because I didn't eat enough. Well, that was good news - I was afraid I had something medically wrong. And it was simply that I had poor eating habits. For some guys it makes them fat, my eating habits were making me skinny. So I decided to "bulk up".
I discovered the most calorie-dense foods available. I force-fed myself, and included everything I could think of to add calories to my day. I didn't count my calories, but it must have been enormous. An example of a typical meal would be a gigantic plate of Mexican Food (highly recommended for weight gain!) and then forcing myself to eat a pint of ice cream for dessert. I started in April and by the end of the year I'd gained over 30 pounds, most of it in muscle.
I had trouble gaining fat, it just didn't work for me, so I had started weight training. And the combination of simple movements, along with a very generous amount of calories, put muscle on me like I'd never seen. I remember especially the muscles along the side of my thighs growing - I could see it, and feel it. My arms grew, my chest. It was bulk (not all muscle) but I didn't care, I just wanted to "fill out", and I did. After I hit my goal weight, of about 165, I was content, and I didn't do much after that other than light weight training, for maintenance.
If you're a skinny guy (and I know that they're still out there), you're in luck. If you can manage to really bring up your calorie consumption (I drank a lot of weight gain protein shakes with whole milk), you can actually watch your muscles grow. Of course, fat guys can do the same thing, but since fat sits on top of muscle, it's not visible. If you're a skinny guy, you'll see it happen, and so will the people around you. I remember it happening to me, and I had never gotten compliments like that before, on my arms, my chest. Girls noticed. I started feeling better about myself, and better about the people around me.
Bulking up is wonderful, and I'd say don't let anyone discourage you. Most people aren't skinny, most people are fat, and most people need to limit their calorie intake, as they put on fat easily. But if that's not you, so don't listen to them. Get yourself into a basic weight-training program (just basic, you don't need anything fancy), skip the cardio, and stuff your face with as much food as you can every day. You will fill out! I did!
|30 pounds later.|