Q.I have a very high metabolism and I cannot gain weight. My energy level sometimes makes me feel worn out. Is there a way to gain weight/muscle that is healthy?

We received your question at Metabolism.com and have some answers to your problem.

Gaining weight can seem as daunting as trying to lose weight. Hard training at the gym, numerous meals per day, all yielding no results. There is a formula for successful weight gain.

Are you hitting those reps hard at the gym, but not making gains? Altering the anabolism/catabolism balance through targeted supplementation can be a successful addition to a weight gain plan. Put simply, anabolism is the process of building tissue, and catabolism is the process of tissue breakdown. Such balancers include beta hydroxy-beta methybutyrate (HMB) and phosphatidylserine. In human studies, HMB has shown promise as an anti-catabolic when used in conjunction with a resistance training program. A number of studies have indicated that admistration of phosphatidylserine reduced ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) response during exercise. ACTH triggers secretion of cortisol, which is most responsible for post exercise catabolism.

Supplementation with the proper nutrients can reduce soreness and chronic fatigue that is associated with high intensity strength training. Proper training is a key factor to successfully alter body composition by building muscle and often involves splitting or compounding opposing muscle groups during training. Duration, repetition, and specific techniques are also components of muscle building that require attention.

If you want to learn more about how to master your metabolism have a look at the Metabolism.com book. Included in the book is a 20 page program we call the Ultimate Weight Gain Program providing details for meal planning, snacks, exercise routines and helpful supplements.

Good Luck!

Robert L. Pastore, Ph.D., CNC, CN
Senior Nutritionist at Metabolism.com

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