How do you gain weight with a high metabolism?

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    May 14, 2011 6:39 AM GMT
    I don't understand, I've been the same weight for the past year and every now and then, I'll gain weight but then I lose it (I'm physically active on a daily basis which may be contributing to it). It's extremely frustrating because I eat like crazy in fact I have a HUGE appetite, I'm a beast at buffets (I'm actually hungry while typing this) but no matter how much I eat, it never helps. Now my friends say that the way I'm eating now is gonna catch up with me later on, but I'm not sure...is that true? I hope I'm not setting myself up....
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    May 14, 2011 6:48 AM GMT
    Ask Barry Bonds or Manny Ramirezicon_cool.gif
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    May 14, 2011 7:46 AM GMT
    nick your thyroid
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    May 14, 2011 7:46 AM GMT
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    EATZ IT! EATZ IT ALL!
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    May 14, 2011 3:23 PM GMT
    I feel your pain. I've weighed 166 for the past 15 years, and I can eat whatever I want. I've been working out pretty consistently for about 9 months now, and I've gained a grand total of 3 pounds. It's frustrating.

    My advice (for what it's worth): High protein diet. Supplements. Little-to-no cardio. Also, a trainer I work with has encouraged me to train my body to eat small meals every 2 hours instead of the traditional 3 meals per day, but that's not something I've been able to accomplish.

    Good luck!
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    May 14, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    Also, your metabolism will begin to slow later in your 20s.. and then plummet later in your 30s (from what I've been told).
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    May 14, 2011 3:39 PM GMT
    it's all that anabolic/catabolic business ...
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    May 14, 2011 3:43 PM GMT
    Lay off the buffets and fatty food. Studies show you can be thin on the outside, but with clogged arteries on the inside. So, you're most likely setting yourself up for numerous health problems down the road.

    Instead, just own up to the fact that you have a slender build. Models have slender builds. You are actually lucky...but the fatties of the world will make fun of you because they're jealous.

    If you want to look more butch...then start lifting weights and make sure you eat enough healthy proteins for muscle gains.

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    May 14, 2011 4:18 PM GMT
    It's not an exact science but in order to gain weight, you need to eat a mixture of mid to high level glycemic index foods. Translation=CARBS and alot of them!!!
    Mid level index Carbs=Oatmeal, Wheat Bread, Pasta, Brown Rice, Bananas, etc, ....
    High level=Bagels, White Bread (once in awhile), White Potatoes, White Rice, etc, ...

    High level foods are usually overly processed so proceed with caution.


    Protein should definitely be inclusive but its function is more for muscle fiber repair as well as Poly and Mono-unsaturated fats found in nuts, fish and plant based oils (olive oil, corn oil, etc, ....).

    If someone (trainer or otherwise) tells you hit the gym hard and just eat tons of protein, take a dumbbell and drop it on their big toe. Thats a neanderthal approach.icon_lol.gif

    Then there are genetics. You seem to have an ectomorph build so it's going to be very hard to gain weight unless you take tons of supplements but that's another forum. I'm an ecto and when I started working out my weight was 148lbs. The max I've been able to reach is 172 but I usually stay around 168. And I can still eat everything (junk food included) under the sun and not gain at the ripe old age of 42.


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    May 14, 2011 4:22 PM GMT
    have some of my doner DNA added to yours.... icon_sad.gif
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    May 14, 2011 8:49 PM GMT
    Post your daily calories for a week and we'll talk. Counted, not estimated. Macronutrients too while you are at it.
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    May 14, 2011 10:18 PM GMT
    SFYogi saidAlso, your metabolism will begin to slow later in your 20s.. and then plummet later in your 30s (from what I've been told).
    Well what you've been told isnt true for alot of us..
    At 52 I eat like a horse, still weigh the same as I did 10 yrs ago (which is only 10 lbs more than I did in high school)
    Trust me, it hasn't slowed a bit! icon_wink.gif
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    May 14, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    SFYogi saidAlso, your metabolism will begin to slow later in your 20s.. and then plummet later in your 30s (from what I've been told).
    ...until you're 39, and begin a serious lifestyle of fitness and nutrition. Then by the time you're 40 you'll be in better shape than you were in your early 20's. icon_wink.gif
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    May 14, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    TropicalMark said
    SFYogi saidAlso, your metabolism will begin to slow later in your 20s.. and then plummet later in your 30s (from what I've been told).
    Well what you've been told isnt true for alot of us..
    At 52 I eat like a horse, still weigh the same as I did 10 yrs ago (which is only 10 lbs more than I did in high school)
    Trust me, it hasn't slowed a bit! icon_wink.gif




    ah hat u.....




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