Hardgainers And Their Nutritional Requirements!
What Is A Hardgainer?
The popular definition of a hardgainer is a person that works out hard with weights but has a hard time putting on muscle. Six weeks of working out can go by and no significant changes in muscle size are noted other than perhaps a bit of an increase in muscle tone.
According to this popular definition of a hardgainer, all of us are "hardgainers" really, because for the most part, putting on muscle is not an easy endeavour even with steroid use, there is the matter of a solid training & nutrition programme to consider… this after all is the main stimulus for body transformation. Gaining muscle also becomes progressively harder as we age due to the fact that our own natural hormonal production starts declining between the ages of 25 and 30.
Our definition of a hardgainer is the naturally skinny person, who no matter what he or she eats, always seem to remain the same body weight.
This is what Dr. Sheldon referred to as an "ectomorph" somatotype when he came up with the theory in the 1940's. Sheldon's theory states that human bodies are divided into three main somatotypes:
- The Ectomorph
- The Endomorph
- The Mesomorph
In a nutshell, the ectomorph is the naturally skinny person who has trouble gaining weight, whether in the form of muscle or fat. The endomorph on the other hand has the opposite problem, it is easy for a person with this body type to gain weight, particularly as body fat.
Now, having said this, is a hardgainer doomed to stay looking the same way forever? Not at all. Basically, all the hardgainer has to do is modify the training and nutrition program to suit his/her unique metabolism.
To establish the calorie requirements for a hardgainer and the associated macro split to obtain these calories, we’ve made it easy by creating a calorie calculator, that given your age and body stats, will calculate what we recommend you should be looking to consume on a daily basis to reach your goals for you.
Check it out here: Calorie Calculator