Helping Skinny Guys Gain Weight and Self-esteem

Published: Thu Mar 10 2005

NEW YORK – Anthony Ellis spent his youth suffering from the effects of being known as "the skinny kid," and constantly facing ridicule and negative comments. The damage to his self-esteem and confidence was enormous.

"I was born so underweight that the hospital wouldn’t let my mother take me home for a week. Lack of weight has plagued me all my life," said Ellis, now a fitness expert. Like many teens and young adults who are skinny, scrawny, and just plain lightweights, Ellis had problems with his self-esteem and confidence.

Through shear determination to prove everyone wrong who said he had to be content with the way he was, Ellis discovered a combination of diet and exercise that enabled him to build a strong body he is proud of and which has turned his life around.

His incredible transformation was featured in the inspirational movie Body of Work, and in Muscle Media Magazine.

"The media bombard us with messages that say men should be big and strong and women should be curvaceous, but they don't tell how to achieve those goals in a healthy way. Being underweight isn’t attractive or good for your health. I decided to share my research and personal experience with people who just can’t seem to gain weight, no matter how hard they try," explained Ellis.

Based on research and his personal experience, he created a complete training program he now shares with other young men suffering as he did.

"Skinny" guys have struggled for years to develop muscle mass and strength, but finding a way to do that without using illegal steroids has seemed impossible to them. They eat everything and anything, and still they do not gain weight.

After years of low self-esteem and growing desperation to gain weight, they often give in to the temptation and take steroids, which is not only illegal it is dangerous to their health.

Since 1998, he has gained over 60 lbs of lean muscle, not fat, all without the use of dangerous steroids. Now he teaches other young men to repeat his success, without the use of steroids.

Many of the young men Ellis helps do not even know that it is a serious crime to possess or use steroids without a prescription. He spends a great deal of his time educating young men so that he can help them achieve the added muscle mass they want without the risks of steroids.

So far he has helped over 70,000 "skinny guys" gain weight through muscle mass. How? Eating the right foods and getting the right exercise.

"Though we eat a lot of calories, we don’t eat junk. Our diets are healthy. Consisting of whole foods, low sugar, and plenty of fiber," Ellis explained. His students also spend time at the gym lifting weights and doing other exercises specifically designed to turn the food they eat into muscle mass.

"Make no mistake, these recommendations are not for everyone," warned Ellis. "It’s only for those of us who find gaining weight a challenge."

Ellis has over 70,000 users of his program in 100 countries worldwide, and provides more information at his web site at

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