Gaining weight with an asian metabolism

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    Dec 02, 2011 8:02 PM GMT
    Hi everyone,

    This is my first topic on this forum so I don't really know if I'm in the right area but anyway.

    I'm 5'8 and 124 lbs and I've started working out for the 1st time of my life on September 1st 2011 (prior to that date, I've never done ANY physical exercise besides climbing up the stairs). Therefore, it's been now three months and a day and I don't really feel that there is a difference. I mean, I go three times a week (monday, wednesday and friday) for about an hour and I try to do around three sets of 10 series for each machine.

    My nutrition isn't bad, I rarely eat junk food and my meals are basically chicken, green beans, spinach, beef, spaghetti and rice. I alternate between those five nourishments.

    I sleep between ten and seven hours per night (depending on the day) so I don't think it comes from a lack of sleep.

    Being asian, I'm the kind of guy that can eat, eat, eat and never get fat which is a real pain. Does the asian metabolism have to do with the fact that I'm not gaining any weight?

    In addition, I use creative twice a day (first thing in the morning and last thing before bed) and protein shakes (used at the same time as the creatine). Am I using it badly?

    NB: I grew up in France so sorry if my English is awkward.

    NB (2): I don't want to sound egocentric or narcissistic creating a topic that involves just me.

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    Dec 02, 2011 8:09 PM GMT
    Check out the Starting Strength Program by Mark Rippetoe. Squat, Deadlift, Bench Press, Shoulder Press, and Power Cleans 3x's a week. Drink a gallon of milk a day (GOMAD).

    http://startingstrength.wikia.com/wiki/FAQ:The_Program

    It's very important to get a knowledgeable person to show you the proper form for these lifts before doing them on your own.
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    Dec 02, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    I don't believe there is such a thing as an "asian metabolism" otherwise we'd never see fat asians and we certainly see them around and hey,, there wouldn't be any sumo wrestlers would there.
    It's really quite simple,, more calories in that out you gain weight. What weight you create from those calories is up to you.. do nothing and it's fat weight, exercise and do weight training and it becomes muscle weight.

    In your case it could be as simple as you think you're eating a lot of food when the truth is you're not. Doesn't matter if it's all the right foods, if you don't eat enough of it you're not going to gain . You may have to double up on your portions . You should be eating every 2-3 hours. You eat enough you will gain weight. It's actually the most difficult part for many, including me
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:24 PM GMT
    Ruskach saidHi everyone,

    Being asian, I'm the kind of guy that can eat, eat, eat and never get fat which is a real pain. Does the asian metabolism have to do with the fact that I'm not gaining any weight?



    I FEEL YOU!!!

    Having a small body frame and a fast metabolism is so frustrating!
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:31 PM GMT
    Ruskach said and I try to do around three sets of 10 series for each machine.


    There's your problem. If you are really pushing yourself, you shouldn't have enough energy to do ALL the machines 3x10 reps. Are you increasing the weight with each set (or are you just doing the same weight)?

    You are probably either not lifting heavy enough weights, or overtraining. The former is much more likely, not knowing what your workouts are.

    If you're really 124 pounds, I would think 30-45 minutes is enough.

    Legs are essential--if you're not working them, you won't gain weight.
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    Dec 02, 2011 9:43 PM GMT
    Keep doing what you're doing. Get a trainer when you can afford one.

    Be grateful for Asian genetics. As others around you grow old and fat, you may be predisposed to staying younger looking and trim.

    Just don't take your genetics for granted and slack off on the gym or start eating $hit which masquerades as food (e.g. Velvetta; any variety of McDeath; soda, etc.)

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    Dec 02, 2011 11:52 PM GMT
    Just be patient.

    There is not silver bullet and sometimes you just have to wait for your body to settle down before you can build muscle. Better to burn to much than to not burn enough,

    My cousin is half hawaiian and polynesian genes create the opposite problem. icon_neutral.gif

  • dc415

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    Dec 03, 2011 1:21 AM GMT
    are your weights increasing? if you don't go heavier, you can't get bigger.

    starting strength is a great program, by the way.
  • offshore

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    Dec 03, 2011 1:24 AM GMT
    Wait until you turn 30 then long for the days you can eat without getting fat.

    Seriously just eat a decent amount of carb
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:18 AM GMT
    i wish i had that metabolism..sigh
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    Dec 03, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    What the heck is an "Asian Metabolism?" It sounds like you just have a fast metabolism, which doesn't necessarily have anything to do with being Asian. Plenty of other people have those kinds of metabolisms too. Count yourself lucky.

    Have you ever sat down and calculated how much fat, protein, and calories you are eating? That would be the place to start. You need to know what you are doing now in order to figure out where you need to go.

    Your diet doesn't sounds very balanced. That's just a general comment and may not have anything to do with your muscle gains, or lack thereof.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 03, 2011 8:26 AM GMT
    You are 19 so age might have a lot to do with it as well. Anyone can put on weight. Just do it the right way NOT the Sumo Wrestler way.icon_idea.gif
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    Dec 03, 2011 10:33 AM GMT
    - focus on the timing and content of your meals; add more to your food sources; increase your protein intake substantially
    - don't use the mirror or scale to gauge progress
    - be patient with your body type
    - use more free weights and cables
    - mix up your exercises regularly
    - use an nitric oxide supplement if creatine isn't effective or find a supp with both
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:27 PM GMT
    DudeInNOVA saidWhat the heck is an "Asian Metabolism?" It sounds like you just have a fast metabolism, which doesn't necessarily have anything to do with being Asian. Plenty of other people have those kinds of metabolisms too. Count yourself lucky.

    Have you ever sat down and calculated how much fat, protein, and calories you are eating? That would be the place to start. You need to know what you are doing now in order to figure out where you need to go.

    Your diet doesn't sounds very balanced. That's just a general comment and may not have anything to do with your muscle gains, or lack thereof.



    Why isn't my diet very balanced?
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    Dec 03, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    beneful1 saidI don't believe there is such a thing as an "asian metabolism" otherwise we'd never see fat asians and we certainly see them around and hey,, there wouldn't be any sumo wrestlers would there.


    That was the first thing that came to my mind... I have seen Asian men who represented every extreme of size, height, build, etc.. AFAIK we all have the same plumbing.