I'm too skinny.

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    Feb 18, 2012 9:49 PM GMT
    Hi. I'm a college student who has free access to a gym + swimming pool. But as of now, you'd probably call me a twink. I need some advice on how to become more toned and even gain more mass. My body burns food like it's nobody's business, and the only weight I've gained in the past years is from getting taller, I swear. I'm about 5'10 and 140lbs, and below is a picture of me.

    What is y'all's advice? I ask here because I've gone to the gym on and off in the past, but never had a set routine or anything to follow. I can't afford to hire a personal trainer, either.

    I'm sure I'm overcomplicating it but any help would be appreciate. Thanks y'all.

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    Feb 18, 2012 10:16 PM GMT
    The biggest thing is to eat. I'm not sure I'm one to get advice from, but I've gone from 125-138 by eating more and lifting dumbbells mostly. I've still got a long way to go too.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    I know this is very basic advice, but...

    Lift hard, eat harder.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:20 PM GMT
    What kinds of food should I eat more of? From general knowledge, I've heard chicken, fish, eggs, ect? Is that right?
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    I had a friend who was taking a weight gainer he found online, forgot the name. It was filled with healthy calories and he took it for two weeks while working out and he gained 12lbs. All you need is to eat more: chicken, peanut butter, drink lots of milk, protein shakes, etc.

    On a side note, I hate you. I was 360lbs and now I'm 210. Its hard for me to keep the weight off but its not impossible.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidWhat kinds of food should I eat more of? From general knowledge, I've heard chicken, fish, eggs, ect? Is that right?


    I mean it depends, if you are cool with "dirty bulking" you can eat pretty much anything you want.

    I hate dirty bulking so I try to do it clean, so yeah basically a lot of white meat chicken, salmon, egg whites, spinach, brown rice, sweet potatoes, stone-ground oatmeal, whole grains. You could also do a mass gainer like True Mass by BSN, or one from muscletech.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    As others have said, eat more. It's a bit hard to at first but after a while you will crave more food. The key is you HAVE to be consistent with everything. The more you cheat with things the more progress slows.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidWhat kinds of food should I eat more of? From general knowledge, I've heard chicken, fish, eggs, ect? Is that right?

    Ramp up your protein intake, eat plenty of veggies, fruits, meats. Keep it healthy. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water spaced throughout the day with increased protein to give your kidney's breathing room for protein processing. Make sure you spread out the food over many meals throughout the day, IE 5-6 meals.

    You mentioned that you don't have a set routine. You need to educate yourself on basic exercises, form, and lifting technique. And then you need to practice and gain experience by applying that knowledge in the weight room. Increased food intake and working out must go hand in hand.

    Then there is also the metabolism component, which I share with you. You can do all the correct steps, but your body just will refuse to go above a certain weight. All you can do is try your best to persevere, eat eat eat, and keep training with an effective lifting program.

    I personally wish I had more mass, but I just do not have the hard cash as a college student to eat the amount I would need to start putting on weight again. I gained 20 lbs within the first half-year of lifting, then stopped, and have not gone past that point since. (I guess I should be thankful, I weigh 20 lbs heavier than my father who is just as tall) Whenever I try to push past by eating more, I quickly deplete my wallet despite trying to be efficient with my spending.

    Hoping when I graduate and get a well-enough paying job, I can start eating like I want to. But until then, there is our advice, wish you luck on your journey.
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    You need to eat about 3,000 calories a day to gain weight. I have/had the same problem you do.. you follow your stomach icon_razz.gif You just don't get as hungry as other people and so you don't eat that often, even if when you do eat you eat 1,000 calories of something bad, it still doesn't add up.

    You have to switch to a more scheduled kind of thing, and not relying on your sense of being hungry... you just have to eat. After a while your body will adjust and start to expect a higher caloric intake.

    The mix most people start with is 40% carbs, 40% protein and 20% fat.

    If you have an iphone or can use the internet regularly, there is an app called myfitnesspal that helps with keeping track of what you eat.

    I went from 136 to 160 in 6 months, and we're similar height/weight (I weighed less than you). So yeah, I think its really just a matter of eating more and cutting back the cardio (unless you compensate for the cardio by eating even more)
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    I started out skinnier than you.

    My height: 6' 2.5"
    Initial weight [2008]: 141lbs, 8% bf
    Current weight [2012]: 178lbs, 7% bf
    Target weight (????): 210lbs, 7% bf [I believe this is the most desirable weight for my height, given my bf]

    What is your target weight? How much do you expect to progress per year (lean mass of course)?
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    Feb 18, 2012 10:53 PM GMT
    adam228 saidI went from 136 to 160 in 6 months


    Assuming you mean lean mass (did you measure your bf during this period?), this is an immense amount of lean mass to put on in such a short time! I see just two types of people having this kind of result: beginners and steroid users.
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    Feb 19, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    Eating & Resting are most important
    try getting a weight gainer that helps a lot when your starting out
    you need some fat too, so I wouldn't just eat all lean stuff
    eats whole eggs, very good for u
    and start off by eating small meals every 2-3 hours that should increase your appetite
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    Feb 19, 2012 3:14 AM GMT
    elektrisk564 saidHi. I'm a college student who has free access to a gym + swimming pool. But as of now, you'd probably call me a twink. I need some advice on how to become more toned and even gain more mass. My body burns food like it's nobody's business, and the only weight I've gained in the past years is from getting taller, I swear. I'm about 5'10 and 140lbs, and below is a picture of me.

    What is y'all's advice? I ask here because I've gone to the gym on and off in the past, but never had a set routine or anything to follow. I can't afford to hire a personal trainer, either.

    I'm sure I'm overcomplicating it but any help would be appreciate. Thanks y'all.

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    u look great man
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    Feb 19, 2012 3:30 AM GMT
    There is a thread about this every week. I don't know why. Eat till you hate