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Q: I’m an ectomorph, and I can’t seem to gain mass. Is it impossible?

Tonya says...
As you probably realize by now, ectomorphs do not gain muscle mass as quickly or as easily as other body types. But that doesn’t mean you can’t! Load up on protein and reach for heavy weights (make sure you do fewer reps). Weight training is the fastest way to get your body to build more muscle, and it works together with your diet—lifting weights overloads the muscles and stimulates growth, while the food (protein) allows the body to repair and build new muscle tissue. An amazing book to help “hard gainers” is Scrawny to Brawny: The Complete Guide to Building Muscle the Natural Way by Michael Mejia and John Berardi (scrawnytobrawny.com).

Tonya Rouse Hillenbrand is a certified fitness and nutrition expert, and a former national triathlete and duathlon team member. Send her your health questions here.