Gaining Weight

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    Aug 27, 2007 9:26 PM GMT
    I often see people asking how to lose weight, and the American whole society is constantly telling people how to lose weight. However, I have a significant problem gaining weight. It was easy when I first started gaining weight, but now I've hit a plateau and I want to gain some more weight - but to do it correctly.

    Does anyone know of any online resources where they give you advice on how to GAIN weight? or am I delusional? or should I start one?
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    Aug 27, 2007 9:26 PM GMT
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    Aug 28, 2007 2:29 AM GMT
    There are TONS of resources out there to help guys gain weight.

    My only advice for you is this: Any program, diet, or routine that claims to work for everyone is naive or trying to sell you something.

    Everyone's body is different. Try different things, and see what works for you. The thing is, different people have trouble gaining weight for different REASONS a lot of the time. And you might, in fact, and multiple things that are stopping you from gaining weight.

    Are you eating enough? Are you sleeping enough? Are you getting enough of the right kind of nutrients? Are you working out enough? Are you working out too much (overtraining)? There are a lot of possibilities... you need to try different things and see how your body reacts.
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    Aug 28, 2007 5:33 AM GMT
    I have had this problem most of my life, but worse than you. I can say you look good and 185 is a decent weight for your height, but I know you want other information.

    I actually gained 10 lbs recently which mostly had to do with making sure I was eating enough and also making a conscious effort to increase the intensity of my weight lifting. That is pushing myself harder and not necessarily working out more. I gauge my workout by how much "pump" I feel in the muscle group. If I don't feel a pump then I know I am just going through the motion.

    Maybe your barrier is psychological. I did notice your comment about a workout partner in your profile.

    Other than that I guess try supplements. Protein shakes tend to work for my partner, but I can't digest them. Eating a chicken breast or fish with each meal seems to work for me. I have been trying GABA lately taken before I go to bed. It makes me feel drowsy, but the next day something feels different in a good way.
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    Aug 28, 2007 11:54 AM GMT
    I have a fast metabolism and have difficulty putting on weight and keeping it on.

    If you do select a program to help you put on weight, keep in mind that if you do have a genetic inclination toward being thin or have a fast metabolism, you may be facing an ongoing uphill fight.

    After weighing 140 - 145 for years, a trainer helped me get up to 175. Due to the food and workouts need to maintain 175, I eventually fell back to 165. Because weightlifting wasn't the end all of my life, I now keep to the lower weight.

    I agree with the earlier post that your 185lbs on a 5' 11" frame looks good.
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    Sep 06, 2007 3:56 PM GMT
    lol i know im not the best guy to talk considering i am working on gaining weight too. However eating a lot and the right kinds of food is incredibly important. With your workout, you need to change your routines or reps, weight, supersetting, or intensity of your workouts so you do not hit a plateaus. Also, make sure that you work both sides of every muslce. Life is about balance, every muslce that you want to get bigger pulls on its oposite, work them both!