XL Rib Cage?

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    Jul 17, 2007 4:57 PM GMT
    I feel like my rib cage is bigger than normal I guess? I look at other guys and it seems like they look normal and then I feel completely self-conscious about me. I eat so I'm not some Etheopian looking child or something. Am I just being paranoid and need to work out more for me to feel better about myself or do other guys have this as well? It's kinda hard to explain this and I did the best I could... :P
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 17, 2007 5:07 PM GMT
    I`ve looked at your profile,and I`d say you are under weight for your height,so no wonder your ribcage is showing!How much cardio training do you do?I`m six feet tall and 185 lbs,and would consider myself fairly trim.I`d advise you eat more calories a day and maybe some light weight training to build you up a bit.And relax about your body shape!Best wishes,John.
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    Jul 17, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    Agree...just add a little more muscle mass onto your upper body to fill yourself out and you'll be okay.
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    Jul 17, 2007 8:48 PM GMT
    Well I am eating, I guess my metabolism is just too fast for me. I guess I'll slow down on my cardio some as well. Thank you!
  • red_series

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    Jul 18, 2007 2:12 AM GMT
    ya, you're pretty thin for your height bud. I'd just a full meal about 5 times a day, that's what I had to do. don't be afraid to eat calorie dense foods like almond butter, but stay away from junk-food and 'mass gainers' that have a lot of sugar in them
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    Jul 18, 2007 2:16 AM GMT
    I have a similar problem. I have an asymmetrical ribcage which causes my left side to protrude more than my right making me look skinnier than I am.
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    Jul 18, 2007 2:41 AM GMT
    Yup, me too. I have a huge rib cage which makes my chest look way bigger than it actually is. My mom always said I was "big boned." (Lord, just thought of a double entendre haha.) I think the big-boned euphemism is akin to "full figured." :p
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    Jul 18, 2007 2:50 AM GMT
    red_series is really on target, AEGuy...

    I read your profile. 137 is just too damn thin. I don't buy the argument that your frame can't handle a good bit more. Even 165 is thin at your height, and I'm sure you could get there.

    If you want a six pack, you have to get enough lean mass on you for it to show. You say you eat... but how much? What's your daily caloric intake?
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    Jul 18, 2007 3:35 AM GMT
    You look good to me, aeguy, and, as usual, I am here to offer myself as a cellulite transplant donor.

    One thing I did catch on your profile is your use of the Bowflex. That machine, like most Nautilus equipment, has been pretty infamous for plateaus.

    Of course, I have no idea how long you've been using it, which model you have, etc.

    I'm sure Joey can speak better to the effectiveness of that equipment.
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    Jul 18, 2007 1:55 PM GMT
    I think your skeletal structure looks great. It's certainly a hell of a lot nicer than mine, which has no curve or 'V' shape to it at all. I have wide hips, and the gap between my hips and lowest rib is only about an inch. For comparison, my trainer, who is six inches shorter than I am, has a four inch gap. The only reason I have any 'V' at all is that I now have lats that I can flex.
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    Jul 18, 2007 11:27 PM GMT
    I work in a bank in a grocery store so eating isn't really a big problem. I try to eat healthy though. I can't say for certain what my caloric intake is since I don't count calories or anything but I'm sure it's close to 2000. Honestly I think it's just because I have a high metabolism...
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 19, 2007 12:49 AM GMT
    Try this method of determining daily calorie needs:
    (1)multiply your weight in kgs(60) by 12 then 2.Eg 60 times 12 times 2 = 1440.This gives you your Basal Metabolic Rate(BMR).

    (2)Take the BMR figure and increase it by 50% since you exercise four times a week(an active lifestyle).BMR+50%=1440+720=2160 calories a day to maintain present body weight.

    To increase your body mass you`d need to consume more than 2160 calories a day.Looks like you were about right!


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    Jul 23, 2007 2:45 PM GMT
    I, too, have a rib cage that protrudes outwards, especially down at the base of the cage. It happens to get worse when I'm very thin. I dunno how a person deals with it.

    J