Adding muscle and bulking up.. There is a lot of bad information around this subject, let me clear it up for you.
Let's start out with how much muscle you can add in a year.. 5 pounds. 10, if you are very gifted and a hardgainer. I hear teens all the time boasting about having added 20 lbs of muscle in a year from working out. It is laughter inducing. Teens, 16-22, grow fast. In their teen time they are getting taller, adding on mass and getting stronger all as part of the normal growth process without lifting a single weight. They gain the 15lbs naturally, and the 5lbs from the actual work.
Yes, 5 lbs. Adding on muscle is a very slow process, requiring focus and motivation and knowing what you are doing. Many people quit because they don't see the results magazines promise 'Add on 10 lbs of muscle in two weeks!'. But imagine, in 10 years you'll have 50 lbs of muscle on you, do you know how amazing it will look? A muscle machine!
So, you've got an expectation of what to expect, now, how do you actually do it? Well, you lift weights, go home and sleep, right? Yeah, kind of, but eating is the most important part. Many people think lifting weights is the most gruesome part of body building. It is by far, not. It's the easiest thing. The hardest thing is nutrition, which is being taken for granted, by A LOT of people.
Forget all sugar and salt. 6 meals a day. Enough protein, should be 1 gram for each pound of your weight (you weigh 180lbs, you need 180 grams of protein, daily). Do not order that pizza or pick up that coffee at starbucks. Coffee is great though! So grind your own coffee beans and have a homemade coffee! No sugar or creams on top though!
There you go, information cleared up, and more information! I hope that I'm doing a decent job so far!
As always, never forget to:..
Drink a lot of water, not underestimate sleeping properly, stop making common mistakes and you'll be much happier!