Skinny guy: “Man, I can’t gain any weight. What do I do?”

Big guy: “You need to eat more.” Skinny guy: “I eat plenty.”

At this point, the skinny guy usually walks off in search of the secret training program that’ll explode his puny pipe cleaner arms in 30 days or less.

But, seriously.

If you’re a naturally skinny dude who can’t put on a pound, eating more is the place to start – but that doesn’t give you a lot of context, so let’s dig in a little with seven tips for skinny guys looking to gain muscle.

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There’s a right way and wrong way to go about it. Implementing the “see food” diet, where you gorge out at Chinese buffets every second day is the wrong way. The right way is to set yourself up in a modest calorie surplus to start.