Advice needed on gaining weight

  • ShanksE

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    Jun 22, 2013 1:07 AM GMT
    I've been trying to put on some weight in recent times (been steadily at 150 for three years now). I have a lean body structure with an active metabolism, which is why I don't seem to be gaining weight. I walk two miles daily and I eat a vegetarian diet. I do eat chicken on occasion, but I don't eat red meat. I work out at home and I usually do a mix of cardio and stability ball exercises.

    I would really appreciate it if you guys could give me any advice on what I could include in my diet and what exercises I would need to do to gain some muscle mass. Thanks!
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    Jun 22, 2013 4:35 AM GMT
    I think you should try bringing more protein to your diet and doing more weight lifting for your exercises. A mix of cardio and stability ball exercises seem like the type of workout that would be great for someone who wants a lean body, but not so great for someone who wants to become heavier.

    Last summer, I worked with my personal trainer to gain some body mass and to become stronger. He got me to buy some protein shakes, which I was kind of hesitant about at first. As far as I know, it did no harm... may be it even helped me put on some extra weight. Anyways, he got me to follow a more protein-heavy diet, like eating three eggs for every breakfast and drinking two protein shakes per day.

    With workouts, we mainly did squats, dead lifts, farmer's walk, kettle bell swings, pull ups and flat/inclined bench press. The reps were kept low (i.e. no higher than 12), did about four sets per exercise, and the trainer made sure to keep the weights heavy enough to max me out by the last set. I couldn't tell if I became all that bigger by looking in the mirror, but my body weight certainly went up, as well as my pants' size lol my legs still can't fit into my old pants.

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    Jun 28, 2013 11:37 PM GMT
    Before anyone embarks on any kind of diet (to gain or to lose wait) you should consult with your doctor or at the very least a nutritionist. You may have some issues unique to you that could be exacerbated by going on a specific diet.