Any tips to put on solid weight for a hardgainer?
I'm 5'10" and weigh 135 pounds.  I'm looking to put on about 30lbs. I work out and eat a lot. Any recommendations on shakes or supplements that are inexpensive and will help with those extra calories?  I'm not looking to be a body builder, just add a bit of weight.

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I'm a hard gainer and I know how hard it is to put on the pounds , unfortunatly you can not just eat food and protein powders to put on weight , you will have to combine weights and the food to put on more muscle thus gaining the extra pounds you want .

How old are you?

What is your training schedule and program?

What do you eat, most importantly pre and post workout?

"I'm not looking to be a bodybuilder, just add a bit of weight." - You're looking to add 22% to your body weight.  That is not a "bit" of weight.  That's going to take work.  At 5'10 you won't be in the same world as a bodybuilder until your everyday weight is about 240, so don't worry about that.

My standard advice is meat and ice cream.  My buddy's a much worse off hard gainer than you (6'5 145, now 175 - we keep him there because it's big enough for basketball and it's so much work to keep him going up - plus we're in our 30's and work desk jobs - and all the eating really makes it hard for him to play).  He put on 30 lbs eating at least a pound of meat a day (usually 1.5-2 but no less than 1), eating a bag of pasta every day, and drinking a gallon of milk most days.  He also had either ice cream or a shake before bed.  This took over a year at age 29 for him. 

Here's the shake (it's AWESOME):

4 big scoops vanilla (or chocolate, or whatever you want) ice cream

4 scoops chocolate protein powder

6 Reese PB cups (full size, not fun size)

1 big spoon of PB

12 oz milk

Add this to Rippetoe's Starting Strength program and there's no way you can not gain weight (unless you have a tapeworm, extremely overactive thyroid, intestinal disorder, engage in excessive amounts of cardio, Insanity, P90X, Crossfit, or other silliness).

I was exactly the same.  Eating more did not help; I ate like a vacuum cleaner anyway.  

Then I started weightlifting and gained 15 lb in a year.  (And stopped there, which was fine.)

My exercises were pretty much what anyone would recommend for muscle mass.  Bench press was the big winner, I think.

BTW I was 6' and 120#, so I was a bean pole (and there are worse things).  Your goal of being 165# at 5'10" puts you at the high end of normal weight, per BMI.  That wouldn't be my goal!

Lift weights, simple exercises, and lift heavy.

Most important; Learn the value of nutrient timing. For you, immediately after lifting heavy (I mean 5-10 minutes) consume a protein shake that has at lest 40 grams of high quality protein and at least 20 grams of carbohydrate. Myoplex makes a prepared shake that perfectly fills the bill.

That's it. Enjoy your new muscle.

I understand your pain and then some. Im 6'3" and only weight 150. Skinny as can be but certainly not week. I spent 3 years in the military so I know how to work out and eat, at my best I was still only 160lbs. I quit smoking cigarettes recently and thought that would help gain a few as it tends to do... nope, nothing, not for this guy.  I cant take protien shakes as they simply give me the shits. 

I get BodyFortress Whey Protein at Walmart, cheap and cheerful. I take storebrand Emergen-C post workout, 1000 miligrams of vitamin C.

Storebrand oatmeal is your friend.

And don't forget peanut butter.

Another secret weight gainer supplement: sleep. Make sure you get enough of it.

I hate Body Fortress. I got it once without carefully reading the ingredients and regretted it immediately. It's mixed with creatine which made me feel bloated and uncomfortable. Worst protein farts I've ever had.

Doesn't do any of that stuff to me. I go for it cause it's cheap, that's all.

There is not enough CMono in Body Fortress to give you that reaction. 

As someone on the opposite end of the spectrum, I say, "Be happy!"  Trust me, you'll eventually come to a point where it's all too easy to gain weight.

I'm close to the pointy end of fifty and I still find it hard to gain weight ,so when will it happen ?


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