Gaining weight and muscle definition

  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 16, 2011 2:07 AM GMT
    Hello everyone.

    I was wondering if you had any advice for me. I started training a year and a half ago with some pretty good result.

    Now, I need to step it up a little. My goal is to gain weight (5'7, used to be 124 lbs, now 132), but I would like to remain as lean as possible and gain some muscle definition too.

    My trainer does take care of the training part of it and he's doing a great job at keeping me motivated and "entertained".

    Now for the nutrition part : I'm a little lost here. Carbs? No carbs?

    Based on my daily cooking habits, I would say I have more than my share of protein (that's what happens when you come from a creole culture). But for the rest... I have no clue...

    I want to get a little bigger, but I also want muscle definition.

    Any advice is appreciated... even if you just redirect me to a previous discussion.

    Thanks !
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:16 AM GMT
    Do what you did to go from 124 to 132. Eat a little more lean meat this time.
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 16, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    That's what I try to do.

    But what about the age old "carb question" ? Limit carbs ? Completely cut them ?

    I'm trying to collect advice I'll discuss with my trainer anyway but I'd like to know where I'm going with that.
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    Jul 16, 2011 3:34 AM GMT
    Carbs are specific to each person. Some people need a lot, some need few, and others in between.
    That's the idea of experimenting to see what your body responds best to.
    Once you learn how to control your body with food, you can change your look in a couple weeks for whatever occasion (photo shoot, contest, pool party, etc).
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 16, 2011 4:21 AM GMT
    Thanks for your advice ! I read a lot of stuff around here too... but always willing to take some good advice icon_biggrin.gif
  • mybud

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Dude....eat anything that resembles and smells like food...Carb no carb?...Focus on gaining the weight...continue to lift heavy....after you put on 20 pounds....use your mirror to rate your progress...Lastly stay positive....View your work outs as "me time"...motivation will keep ya focused...All the best man....BUD
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:17 AM GMT
    Work outs are definitely "me time" ! Even my cell phone is cut ! And for me, that's an accomplishment.

    I just don't want to put on "bad" weight (not English first language here... don't know exactly how to say this stuff).

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    Jul 16, 2011 5:35 AM GMT
    mybud saidDude....eat anything that resembles and smells like food...Carb no carb?...Focus on gaining the weight...continue to lift heavy....after you put on 20 pounds....use your mirror to rate your progress...Lastly stay positive....View your work outs as "me time"...motivation will keep ya focused...All the best man....BUD


    pretty much this, i started out an i weighed 119, i've had some pretty good luck with the meal plan on the home page, lotof freedom withit too
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 16, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Johnnyhotsauce i've had some pretty good luck with the meal plan on the home page


    Sounds like a plan ! Would you mind pointing out which plan you're talking about ? There are a lot of those.
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    Jul 17, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    I'm with you, trying to gain definition, while staying lean. I'm 5'8 and went from 125 to 133 over a couple of months, but seem to have reached a peak and can't gain anymore. Any advice?
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    Jul 17, 2011 9:12 PM GMT
    mikkeb saidI'm with you, trying to gain definition, while staying lean. I'm 5'8 and went from 125 to 133 over a couple of months, but seem to have reached a peak and can't gain anymore. Any advice?
    Try eating an extra meal every day. Those eight pounds of new muscle increased your body's calorie requirements.
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 18, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    I took the home-made shake approach : milk, greek yogurt, protein powder and a generous serving of frozen fruits (whatever is on special, as long as they are not preserved in syrup).
    Makes for an awesome "meal" that I take after dinner.
    It's yummy !
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    Jul 18, 2011 3:15 AM GMT
    gymnewby1983 saidI took the home-made shake approach : milk, greek yogurt, protein powder and a generous serving of frozen fruits (whatever is on special, as long as they are not preserved in syrup).
    Makes for an awesome "meal" that I take after dinner.
    It's yummy !
    That sounds good! If my body didn't respond poorly to milk (love handles), I'd try it out.
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    Jul 18, 2011 3:19 AM GMT
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  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 18, 2011 3:33 PM GMT
    I used a weight gainer at some point too... But to be quite honest, I prefer my own receipe... Tastes way better. And I have better control of the calorie intake. And so far it works.

    "If it ain't broken, don't fix it".
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 18, 2011 10:46 PM GMT
    Keep the protein lean and cut out the fat,especially saturated animal types.That`ll help show off those muscles!
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 18, 2011 11:28 PM GMT
    I thought of that too.
    I'm rethinking my diet with all that in mind and experimenting a little... Probably something with no carb after 5PM... a lot more veggies and leaner meats...
    We'll see how that goes. I'll keep you guys posted.
    Thank you so much !
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    Jul 20, 2011 4:07 AM GMT
    gymnewby1983 saidI took the home-made shake approach : milk, greek yogurt, protein powder and a generous serving of frozen fruits (whatever is on special, as long as they are not preserved in syrup).
    Makes for an awesome "meal" that I take after dinner.
    It's yummy !


    I make the best protein shake, by combining yogurt that is low in sugar with whey powder and fruit. For even more protein, I add adding flax seed and peanut butter. I suggest you to have an extra slice of whole-grain toast with peanut butter at breakfast and add calories with a healthy beverage such as milk, 100% fruit juices, or vegetable juice. I hope it may helpful to you.

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  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 22, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    MikeRogerI make the best protein shake, by combining yogurt that is low in sugar with whey powder and fruit. For even more protein, I add adding flax seed and peanut butter. I suggest you to have an extra slice of whole-grain toast with peanut butter at breakfast and add calories with a healthy beverage such as milk, 100% fruit juices, or vegetable juice. I hope it may helpful to you.


    Any help is good help for me.

    Guys I am really thankful for all the advice! For a first post on those forums, I must say it's a really positive experience.
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    Jul 22, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    Like mentioned flax seed oil is really good, it helps also to maintain the weight, look it up and read about its other benefits interesting stuff.
  • gymnewby1983

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    Jul 23, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    Maybe I'll try to add ground flax seeds to my smoothie...

    I also took on a multi-vitamin... As far as I remember it helps to assimilate the food and grow muscles.
  • mmmship

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    Jul 24, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    U have to realize that every vital organs in our bodies use our carb intake for needed energy in order to keep us alive! Your body cannot function without carbs!

    I was 108lbs when I started. I was way skinnier than almost everyone of u at the start. You should eat at least 5 small balanced meals daily. That's the best suggestion I can give. And as far as supplements, add a scoop of weightgainer and a scoop of whey protein about an hour before and immediately after working out. On non workout days, drink one after breakfast and one mid day or night time.
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    Jul 24, 2011 5:14 AM GMT
    ^^^^^^^^^ Yeah that's the best advice I could give aswell, I reckon all these supplement mumbo jumbo is all a waste of money in the end, your just paying $50 bucks for sugars and preservatives, there's nothing better than clean meats, vegetables and fruit.....trust me....takes discipline but end results are way worth it icon_smile.gif