Lean athletic guy building mass, now losing it. What do I do?

  • erhauk20

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    Aug 28, 2013 3:54 PM GMT
    I use to be over weight (210) back in high school. I joined a swim team, tennis team, and started doing cross country and lost the weight when I got to college (150ish). I've always had a lean athletic body, cut, looks good, but I've wanted to start gaining some mass (165 area). I started taking a weight gainer and eating more calories (about 1500 in food, and 1000 in my weight gainer)and cut out cardio almost all together. I started seeing gains within the first month (muscles more pumped, defined, and went from small's to mediums in all my clothes), but now I'm starting to lose mass. My chest isn't as pumped, shoulders are smaller, and I don't feel the same kind of burn that I did in the beginning when working out. I was doing the muscle building work out plan from this site, which switches up the exercises so you don't plateau. I've been eating the right foods; high protein, low in fat, I have a cheat day where I eat everything under the sun yet still losing weigh. I've even began eating more fatty foods in hopes that I'll keep some weight on, but its not working. So I'm stumped as to why I'm losing mass, and given that body building isn't my area of expertise, I was wondering if anybody knows what I'm doing wrong. I don't want to lose what I gained already because I worked hard to get it.icon_sad.gif

    ******UPDATE: Thanks for all the advice! I upped my calorie intake (and double checked everything I was eating), and changed my work out routine to include alot of compound movements. Within the first three days, I started getting my physique back. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 28, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    you will need to eat more than 2500 calories. You didn't list your protein intake but that may have to be upped as well. Also you may have to start lifting heavier to gain strength...is the weight your are lifting increasing or staying the same. To build muscle you have to eat eat eat and also amp up your lifting routine
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    Aug 28, 2013 6:19 PM GMT
    Ya, 2500/day, especially if you're active is not many calories. And instead of weight gainer, why not just eat real food?
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    Aug 28, 2013 6:38 PM GMT
    Yeah, as above me was said. Your body adjusted to the intake. Increase it up to 3000.

    I eat usually 3000 to get at least some weight gains.
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    Aug 28, 2013 11:14 PM GMT
    Dude,

    Get yourself a good trainer, one who has built his own body up and knows what he is talking about. Review your training program and importantly...your diet, with the trainer. You are trying hard and there are probably some things that need to be adjusted - e.g. total carbs, more compound movements....

    You'll get there. Just get some local help to review what you are doing in detail.
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    Aug 29, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
    pumpingiron saidDude,

    Get yourself a good trainer, one who has built his own body up and knows what he is talking about. Review your training program and importantly...your diet, with the trainer. You are trying hard and there are probably some things that need to be adjusted - e.g. total carbs, more compound movements....

    You'll get there. Just get some local help to review what you are doing in detail.


    This is a good one, compound movements usually make a big difference.
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    Aug 29, 2013 12:54 PM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    klobasnik saidYeah, as above me was said. Your body adjusted to the intake. Increase it up to 3000.

    I eat usually 3000 to get at least some weight gains.

    You gained weight? Where?
    #ManNeedsASandwichOrSix


    Thanks Jeff, you can send me the sandwiches to my address, I'll PM it to you.
  • tuffguyndc

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    Aug 29, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    humm, what types of workouts are you doing? i can probably help you with your goals.
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    Aug 29, 2013 1:19 PM GMT
    You're either not eating enough....eating the right foods....or you're not doing compound movements. If you're doing lots of bicep curls and isolation exercises, that's your problem.
  • erhauk20

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    Aug 29, 2013 4:30 PM GMT
    uoft23 saidYa, 2500/day, especially if you're active is not many calories. And instead of weight gainer, why not just eat real food?


    is there a meal plan you follow that I can find?