I discuss a lot here concerning muscle gain and weight loss. Apparently many people assume that the only function of these articles is for people to become muscle bound but that is far from accurate. In reality, the majority of my clients don't want to build bulk, they want to get thin. Go figure. Muscle gain goes hand in hand with weight loss in most cases, especially when starting from scratch with a sedentary individual or someone who has fooled around training for years with nothing to really show for it.
Whatever your goals there is a simple plan for completion. Occams razor applies to fitness. The simplest answer is usually the correct answer. The problem with this theory in regard to training is most people don't know how to apply it. If your goal is to lose weight and you do curls for half of your workout and ab work for the other half you are going to fail and not really understand why. Likewise, high intensity training, interval training, heavy lifts, cardio blasts, all of these training types have their place but may not be right for your goals even though they are sold as the "one size fits all solution".
My solution is simple. Email me for a consultation. Whether your are an ectomorph (hard gainer), mesomorph (athletic build), or an endomorph (solid/soft) there is a solution for your goals but the way in which to get there varies. Unless you have studied different training protocols involving different body types and can see the differences in diet and training then you likely would not understand how to proceed and with good reason. There is a lot of misinformation out there that leaves people confused and deflated.
Yes, the genetically gifted mesomorphs are more suited to bodybuilding and that is why your buddy who joined the gym with you looks like an adonis after 12 weeks of nonsense training while you haven't change one iota. It is easier for that bodytype to put on muscle assuming no other factors beyond training load were changed. If you are an ectomorph or endomorph the variation in load and reps along with how you train and the diet you consume makes a big difference in final appearance.
Don't be discouraged by lack of results, all you need is advice beyond "lift heavy weights that you saw some guy in a magazine lift" in order to obtain the results you want. Get started and don't waste time, email me for a consultation.