𝐒𝐥𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 | n.
Essentially anyone whose commitment to their dietary protocol and/or body composition goals becomes an act of self-imprisonment predicated on lacking knowledge, enjoyment, progression, and thus sustainability.
“That slave of sustenance focuses more on eating the ‘right’ foods versus caloric intake when trying to build muscle.” ⬇️⬇️⬇️
As a previous member and former VP of the National Hardgainers Society (NHS), I know first hand that hardgainers have it, well, hard.
These are individuals who can’t put on adequate weight/muscle to save their lives - attributed to increased metabolism, diminished appetite, getting full quickly, very physically active, the list goes on. This is resolved through diet, nothing else.
A more deep-rooted problem is occurring here: a dangerous and unforgiving mindset many ectomorphs adopt is “to look like the Rock, I gotta eat like the Rock” – aka essentially grilled chicken, brown rice, and broccoli for every meal.
While a great meal to consume in general, its effectiveness for hardgainers is limited. Trying to reach a caloric surplus this way is like trying to nail a full court buzzer beater – not impossible, but you’re very likely to come up short.
The fix here is simple ➡️ FOOD CHOICES
Adding in portions of higher caloric (but less “healthy” ) foods can and will help you gain muscle if it helps you reach your daily requirements.
My personal departure from the NHS came from microwaving Ben and Jerry’s pints for easy consumption. Right then and there, reaching a caloric surplus became cake, literally and figuratively 🍰.
Consider dried fruits, nuts/nut butters, seeds, gatorade, olive oil when cooking, and when you eat out, ENJOY YOURSELF. 🍔🍟🍪🍩
There you have it, a hardgainers life made EASY! 💪🏼🔥