I've been working out for about 6 weeks now following a program my brother is helping me with. He won heavyweight and overall in a recent bodybuilding competition, so I'm pretty happy with the results of the workouts. Unfortunately my brother has never gotten into eating a vegan based diet, and I know that vegan is the only way.
I'd like to gain about 20-30 pounds (right now at 166), I've been using a supplement called true mass by bsn. It's helped in gaining weight but I know it's hurting me, i'm breaking out more than ever because of all the animal products they put in that stuff.
My question is what can I be eating to assist in gaining mass?
If you pound down enough calories, of course you can gain 'mass'. But fast gain of muscle does not happen and if you are gaining on the scale rapidly, you can count on it being maybe a little muscle, some water, and perhaps a whole lotta fat.
Muscle building is a slow process, and varies from person to person. I never emphasize quick gains. As stated above, quick gains usually turn out to be fat. Training is a long term process.
If you are looking for muscle mass, train with progressive resistance and work so that at the end of your sets you have would struggle to do another repetition in proper form. Forget heavy, think effort!