For former fat guys. How do you manage to bulk up and get bigger without putting back on the weight you've lost?

  • MadeinMich

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    Apr 22, 2013 2:10 PM GMT
    I've tried messaging some of you with no reply, so hopefully you could help on the public forum. Thanks in advance for any advice.
  • Kalbi

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    Jun 02, 2013 4:46 PM GMT
    Since no one has replied yet, I'm going to take a stab at this.

    I originally dropped from 240 down to 180 (starting weight is 285) by just dieting (Jenny Craig helped at first). At 180, I realized I wanted to start going to the gym, so I jumped straight into P90X. I did 2 cycles of P90X and my body stayed at 180, but my body fat percentage kept dropping.

    I think if you don't have a lot of muscle to begin with, it's possible to gain muscle while losing fat. After that, I just kept lifting harder and now I'm down to 170 lbs. My lean mass is up by 3 lbs from when I was 180 lbs.

    Hopefully that helps! Just start lifting, continue what you're eating now and you should be building muscle.

    The standard bulk/cut cycle could work too. You eat 500 above maintenance calories to gain mass (with lifting), and eat 500 below maintenance to cut fat (while still lifting). I'm trying this cutting method now.
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    Jun 02, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    If you find Larkin, he is likely the best person to answer this question.

    SpiritReaver, too.

    They don't come on here much anymore.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 02, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    Kalbi saidSince no one has replied yet, I'm going to take a stab at this.

    I originally dropped from 240 down to 180 (starting weight is 285) by just dieting (Jenny Craig helped at first). At 180, I realized I wanted to start going to the gym, so I jumped straight into P90X. I did 2 cycles of P90X and my body stayed at 180, but my body fat percentage kept dropping.

    I think if you don't have a lot of muscle to begin with, it's possible to gain muscle while losing fat. After that, I just kept lifting harder and now I'm down to 170 lbs. My lean mass is up by 3 lbs from when I was 180 lbs.

    Hopefully that helps! Just start lifting, continue what you're eating now and you should be building muscle.

    The standard bulk/cut cycle could work too. You eat 500 above maintenance calories to gain mass (with lifting), and eat 500 below maintenance to cut fat (while still lifting). I'm trying this cutting method now.


    That totally helped. Thank you.
    Kalbi, how do you manage to keep the weight off? You stay consistent with your diet?
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 02, 2013 5:13 PM GMT
    TheQuest saidIf you find Larkin, he is likely the best person to answer this question.

    SpiritReaver, too.

    They don't come on here much anymore.

    I tried SpiritReaver, he doesn't answer my emails.
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    Jun 02, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    MadeinMich saidI've tried messaging some of you with no reply, so hopefully you could help on the public forum. Thanks in advance for any advice.


    More workouts, less couch. Real food, less restaurant and fast food.

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    Jun 02, 2013 5:45 PM GMT
    Eat leaner, with nearly no simple carbohydrates. Add a protein supplement between meals. Your body needs the fuel for energy and the protein for repair/building. But it knows exactly where to hide that bag of chips...

    You'll keep the fat off if you're working out consistently and intensely.
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 02, 2013 5:55 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidEat leaner, with nearly no simple carbohydrates. Add a protein supplement between meals. Your body needs the fuel for energy and the protein for repair/building. But it knows exactly where to hide that bag of chips...

    You'll keep the fat off if you're working out consistently and intensely.


    Thanks mickeytopogigio. Wher you formerly fat?
  • MadeinMich

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    Jun 02, 2013 5:57 PM GMT
    Thanks everyone for your answers. The reason I ask is because I seem to be on this cycle of loosing 30 lbs, keeping it off, Then when I decide I want to bulk up or get bigger I gain it all back and then spend e - 5 months loosing it again. I haven't been too successful with bulking and cutting.