Eat every 2 hours to gain weight?

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    Sep 12, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Hey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?
  • Webster666

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    Sep 12, 2013 1:21 AM GMT
    Muscle weighs more than fat.
    So, if you want to gain weight, you should concentrate on working out and gaining muscle.
    I don't think that your body type will ever gain much of any fat.

    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.
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    Sep 12, 2013 1:48 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidMuscle weighs more than fat.
    So, if you want to gain weight, you should concentrate on working out and gaining muscle.
    I don't think that your body type will ever gain much of any fat.

    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.


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    Sep 12, 2013 7:44 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidMuscle weighs more than fat.
    So, if you want to gain weight, you should concentrate on working out and gaining muscle.
    I don't think that your body type will ever gain much of any fat.

    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.


    I disagree because he's 125 lbs at 5'10". He can't workout as hard as you just for shear fact his muscles do not hold much energy. I've trained clients like him before. It's all nutrition... If they push themselves too hard in the gym they just get lightheaded and vomit, which is a loss of calories. Avoid.

    Yes workout, but keep it moderate-high intensity and with FEW SETS (like just do 1 set) and IF you do cardio, don't do more than 15-20 min at a moderate intensity. Space out your workouts so you are only lifting maybe once a week and otherwise not living a sedentary lifestyle. Don't workout everyday because it only increases the amount you need to eat to gain weight.

    Agree with guy above me that he has to be in a caloric surplus.

    I am guessing that you don't get hungry and then you watch what you eat. If you want to gain weight, you need to have an eating schedule (ie don't skip meals, start overeating). Number of meals a day helps with keeping your stomach constantly emptying. You're not going to feel hungry and your body will want to say stop eating.

    Cheap ways of gaining weight without supplements include purchasing beans and rice (a bag of each is quite a few meals), oats (cheap), a pound of peanuts and/or sunflower seeds are also high in calories and cheap. Go for high calorie foods and don't shy away from pizza. Avoid alcohol because it has no nutrients, and your body needs to make something out of nothing. Yes salads are considered "healthy" but they will not make you gain weight so you should not fill up on "healthy" stuff but just have some of that and focus on high calorie foods (starchy vegetables like potatoes peas and corn and nuts/seeds). You don't have to overeat everytime as your body needs time to adapt to a higher level of calories...just do it often.

    If you can cook, cook everything on a weekend and portion out throughout the week so that you don't skip meals. Find a pattern that you can stick with. If you have to add an eating pattern to your life, do it in small steps such as with every meal, grab a few handfuls of nuts in addition to what you are already eating. Consider drinking chocolate milk with every meal (and/or snack) for extra calories.
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    Sep 12, 2013 8:13 AM GMT
    puglife saidHey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?


    i think every 3 hours is more realistic.

    but really EAT. Eat like you have never eaten before.

    lots of protein, lots of meat, and moderate carbs.

    Train your ass off in the gym; train to failure, separate your workouts into 4 separate training sessions (your split). As you progress, incorporate drop sets into your regimen.

    Make sure to have a protein shake before & after your workout (or a big one during your workout).
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    Sep 12, 2013 8:27 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidMuscle weighs more than fat.


    Not to be nitpicky but a pound of muscle and a pound of fat both weigh a pound. What Webster means is that muscle is denser than fat i.e. a pound of muscle occupies less volume than a pound of faticon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 12, 2013 8:33 AM GMT
    Just eat a large pizza every other day. Calories are calories, regardless of source. And it seems you're not getting enough of calories. Just make sure you're actually working out. Otherwise, all those massive calories will just get stored as fat.
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    Sep 12, 2013 10:09 AM GMT
    You should eat every 2-3 hrs anyway. Think of your body as a high efficiency machine that needs fuel in order to run , you dont ever want to redline it. You want your body to continue to use all the nutrients to build muscle . You want to bulk but not in the sense of eating whatever you want. You need good quality food. Dont listen to those who say eat a whole pizza or go to golden corral 3x a week . Also really dont listen to the gallon of milk a day crowd . I did that and developed milk intolerance now i can only have almond milk. Keep working hard and youll get there
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    Sep 12, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    Webster666 said
    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.
    This is the most common advice but it does not work for everyone. Constant feeding trashes the entire digestive system and can lead to food sensitivities. After 13 years of eating this way I developed sensitivities to almost everything and lost my ability to properly digest food.

    You can get enough calories on 3 large meals a day if you are willing to eat enough protein and healthy fat. Eating this way is a lot easier on the body and so much easier than always chasing food, preparing food, and carrying food around in your backpack.
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    Sep 12, 2013 3:28 PM GMT
    i am not a muscle guy, and i don't have such deep knowledge, but it is true that, our body needs 2 complete hrs or more to digest our one time meal... Thats why, it is recommended to have 3 time meal a day... And it is the optimum diet, we must have, everyday... For a good health... And avoid other unhealthy diet... And don't forget to include necessary nutrients... In your 3time menu...!
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    1 more, que... That, once my trainer told me that, my body is different from other muscle guys... in absorbing the nutrients from food...
    So he advised to have some tablets to increase my nutrition absorbing capability... Do you believe in such a phenomenon... Is nutrition absorbing capasity is different from men to men..?
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    Sep 12, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidMuscle weighs more than fat.
    So, if you want to gain weight, you should concentrate on working out and gaining muscle.
    I don't think that your body type will ever gain much of any fat.

    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.


    I tried this too but then just started feeling sick in the morning's. I plan to try again this week and go from there. I run a lot too so that might actually defeat the purpose.
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    Sep 12, 2013 5:05 PM GMT
    puglife saidHey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?


    I have a similar issue now that I've lost weight and am trying to build muscle. I don't eat "meals" anymore. To keep fueling my body well, I graze all day. I pack my tote with hard boiled eggs, fresh fruit and veggies, hummus, Greek yogurt, etc. I just constantly snack on it throughout the day, never getting hungry or full. I also drink LOTS of water.

    This was the only way to get the extra calories, still eat clean, and start adding muscle mass. Add a protein bar prior to hitting the gym (alternating days between all-body strength training and cardio) and I'm finally gaining results.

    This is what works for me.
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    Sep 13, 2013 2:26 AM GMT
    when i moved off campus after college and was afraid of not having enough money to eat after years of unlimited continous dining, i began planning meals, 3 a day. without working out or intending to gain weight, i did. 15 lbs in under a year, dont know how long it took exactly since i wasnt watching my weight. its funny; my whole life, i thought i ate a lot, but it wasnt true at all.
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    Sep 13, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Easiest way to gain weight is just eat how you are right now + add 2 protein shakes. Good way to start off at least. I use to be 120 lbs, added the shakes and regular workout and I shot up to a healthier 145-150 over 6 months.
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    Sep 13, 2013 4:01 AM GMT
    Be careful with your wording and your goals. You DO NOT wanna gain weight. You want to gain good mass. There's a difference.
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    Sep 13, 2013 4:29 AM GMT
    brendanmuscles said
    puglife saidHey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?


    i think every 3 hours is more realistic.

    but really EAT. Eat like you have never eaten before.

    lots of protein, lots of meat, and moderate carbs.

    Train your ass off in the gym; train to failure, separate your workouts into 4 separate training sessions (your split). As you progress, incorporate drop sets into your regimen.

    Make sure to have a protein shake before & after your workout (or a big one during your workout).


    Does it matter the speed in which i eat? Cuz i eat really slow, not sure if that has anything to do with it
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    Sep 13, 2013 6:14 AM GMT
    No speed of eating doesn't matter in terms of calories. It's more about how much indigestion you may feel from eating too fast (and not chewing enough). More chewing would be better than underchewing.
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    Sep 13, 2013 6:15 AM GMT
    Eat a lot of pizza!
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    Sep 13, 2013 10:37 AM GMT
    bluey2223 saidNo speed of eating doesn't matter in terms of calories. It's more about how much indigestion you may feel from eating too fast (and not chewing enough). More chewing would be better than underchewing.


    Thnx. U were the most helpful icon_smile.gif
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    Sep 13, 2013 4:16 PM GMT
    puglife saidHey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?
    Not true..Eat like a champ don't worry about the calories..With your high metabolism, most of your gains will be lean mass..little fat,that's a good thing.Stay focused on your lifting and eating goals. Start a log and track both. All the best.
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    Sep 13, 2013 4:26 PM GMT
    How much mass you gain relies on calories and protein rather than just the meal interval. The meal interval just assures that you keep your body fueled properly throughout the day.
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    Sep 14, 2013 9:24 AM GMT
    Same problem with you here bro, but I don't get to eat well at my home. I think that's the reason I'm not gaining weight. Have no idea if I should hit the gym now or not. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 14, 2013 2:50 PM GMT
    bluey2223 said
    Webster666 saidMuscle weighs more than fat.
    So, if you want to gain weight, you should concentrate on working out and gaining muscle.
    I don't think that your body type will ever gain much of any fat.

    It IS a good idea, for anyone to eat numerous small meals, per day, rather than stuffing yourself at only 2 or 3 meals.


    I disagree because he's 125 lbs at 5'10". He can't workout as hard as you just for shear fact his muscles do not hold much energy. I've trained clients like him before. It's all nutrition... If they push themselves too hard in the gym they just get lightheaded and vomit, which is a loss of calories. Avoid.

    Yes workout, but keep it moderate-high intensity and with FEW SETS (like just do 1 set) and IF you do cardio, don't do more than 15-20 min at a moderate intensity. Space out your workouts so you are only lifting maybe once a week and otherwise not living a sedentary lifestyle. Don't workout everyday because it only increases the amount you need to eat to gain weight.

    Agree with guy above me that he has to be in a caloric surplus.

    I am guessing that you don't get hungry and then you watch what you eat. If you want to gain weight, you need to have an eating schedule (ie don't skip meals, start overeating). Number of meals a day helps with keeping your stomach constantly emptying. You're not going to feel hungry and your body will want to say stop eating.

    Cheap ways of gaining weight without supplements include purchasing beans and rice (a bag of each is quite a few meals), oats (cheap), a pound of peanuts and/or sunflower seeds are also high in calories and cheap. Go for high calorie foods and don't shy away from pizza. Avoid alcohol because it has no nutrients, and your body needs to make something out of nothing. Yes salads are considered "healthy" but they will not make you gain weight so you should not fill up on "healthy" stuff but just have some of that and focus on high calorie foods (starchy vegetables like potatoes peas and corn and nuts/seeds). You don't have to overeat everytime as your body needs time to adapt to a higher level of calories...just do it often.

    If you can cook, cook everything on a weekend and portion out throughout the week so that you don't skip meals. Find a pattern that you can stick with. If you have to add an eating pattern to your life, do it in small steps such as with every meal, grab a few handfuls of nuts in addition to what you are already eating. Consider drinking chocolate milk with every meal (and/or snack) for extra calories.


    This is excellent advice. I agree: train a little, eat a lot. Keep a close eye on your weight. Weigh yourself in the morning, weigh yourself at the gym. If you notice a decreasing trend, stop working out until you've put some weight on. Do pretty light workouts; don't do set after set of the same exercise. Eat a lot. Milk is good.
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    Sep 30, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    brendanmuscles said
    puglife saidHey guys, so started working out last week but it's becoming rather challenging, in a good way. But I have a very very very high metabolism so I was told I had to eat every 2 hours every day if i wanted to see some gains. Is this true?


    i think every 3 hours is more realistic.

    but really EAT. Eat like you have never eaten before.

    lots of protein, lots of meat, and moderate carbs.

    Train your ass off in the gym; train to failure, separate your workouts into 4 separate training sessions (your split). As you progress, incorporate drop sets into your regimen.

    Make sure to have a protein shake before & after your workout (or a big one during your workout).


    Just eat. Lots. Cheap. Eat. Munch.