1. Increase your calories
“You can’t gain muscle or weight if you continue to be in a caloric deficit,” says Trink. “You need to take in more calories on a daily or at least weekly basis.” (Most guys, especially those new to the weight room, mess this part up.) A good estimate of how many calories you should be consuming is to take your body weight and multiply it by 16. (For example: 200 pounds x 16 = 3,200 calories.) If you don’t see any gains after two weeks, try increasing your calories by 200 per day until you hit the sweet spot.
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