Hi! I discovered your Podcasts and I just can’t stop listening’em. They are so helpful.
I have a question: I’ve been going to the gym for about 2 years. But I don’t see the results I want. I keep thin, but I want to gain weight. I even bought a protein shake, but it didn’t work. A co-worker of mine gave me a bottle of Oxandrin. But I read on the internet that its use can damage yor kidneys and liver, among other things.
What do you think about it? Should I take it or not?
Many thanks for the comments. I really appreciate that. Look for a lot more. I do them on a regular basis.
Now let’s just answer this question.
You are skinny. You can’t seem to gain weight.
You once bought a protein shake but that didn’t work out.
Somebody gave you a supplement and you want to know if it’s going to work and if it’s safe.
Have you heard the podcast on weight gain? I’m going to link you to that because I want you to listen to it again (if you did) and go sign up for the weight gain eCourse that is offered. You’ll get a very cool 15 things you must do to gain weight ebook for free that you can print out and read.
The information is very valuable.
Taking protein shakes is fine except it’s got to be with real foods. And it only makes sense when you have figured out how many calories a day you need to gain weight and how much protein you need as well.
Supplements are not necessary. Let me put it this way. 97% is nutrition and training. 3% is supplements.
No supplement is going to help you permanently with your weight gain solution.
My point is: Forget all the crap and focus on your diet. If you cannot gain weight via foods, you will never put on a decent pound via a supplement. And the second you quit taking a weight gainer, you can kiss the weight good-bye.
When your diet is tight. Then the 3% can make a difference and you can dive into the supplement world. Full well knowing you have your nutrition and training down solid.
But that’s like asking to drive on the Indy 500 before you leaned how to ride a bike.
Start off slow.
As far as Oxandrin. Toss it or give it back. Who knows what it is. Maybe the information you found was valid. Maybe it’s bull. Either way, it’s not going to make a difference. Certainly not long term.
So here’s what you do:
1) Go listen here:
2) Sign up for the Anthony Ellis weight gain mini-series http://www.justaskmarc.com/content/view/70/60/
It’s the middle ecourse.
3) Grab the Top 12 Beginner Mistakes report http://www.justaskmarc.com
You’ll see the eBook cover and sign up box on the right hand side of that page.
Once you know how many calories a day you need to gain weight and you start tracking that, your gains will come. By listening to that particular podcast, you’ll see what I mean. And Anthony puts together a really good, short series of emails about the subject.
At the end, I give a bonus that is a 15 things you must do to gain mass PDF that you can read. If you aren’t doing those 15 things… well then you won’t be gaining weight.
Juan, that’s about it. It’s simple but not easy. I know. I used to be 130 lbs in high school and I never gained an ounce. I tried supplements too. What I didn’t do was eat right. Because I just didn’t know what the heck that meant.
Hope this helps,