Jul 23, 2014 4:33pm
The most common mistake made by people wanting to gain weight is not taking in enough calories. You may think that you eat a lot during the day but when you actually break it down and count up the calories, it will be significantly less than what you need to add weight. You need to find out what your body needs to maintain your weight now. Try a site like acaloriecounter.com. It takes your height, weight, age, gender and activity level determine how many calories you need a day to maintain your current body weight. Since you want to gain weight, you will want to add calories to that number.....I've always tried to shoot for 500 calories over my maintence number. For example, I am 5'10, 195 lbs, 29, male, and light activity(I only workout 1-3 times a week). I need roughly 2500 calories a day just to maintain my weight, so when I want to gain weight, I will need to take in 3000 calories a day. The more active you become and more u workout the more calories you will need to intake. It's all about the numbers when gaining/losing weight. In order to make sure it is good weight u are putting on....the general rule of thumb is 40/40/20. Meaning 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fat.
Hope this helped....there is plenty of info out there on the web. It is a full time job keeping up with calories every day and eating every 3 hours but if bulking up is what u want... It is the way to success.
Just remember, when in doubt keep eating!