Is stress keeping me from my goals

  • Aidenz

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    Mar 20, 2016 7:27 PM GMT
    For a long time I've been skinny and struggled to gain muscle. I work out regularly and eat clean but I don't seem to be growing, if anything I'm getting fat but no muscle. Sometimes life and school gets in the way of me getting a good workout and rest. I also deal with a lot of stress and anxiety. Is it possible that the stress is keeping me from gaining muscle? What way is there around that
  • badbug

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    Mar 21, 2016 10:15 AM GMT
    I would assume you aren't eating enough protein and/or lifting heavy enough.


    Stress does raise your cortisol levels which impedes muscle growth and leads to higher levels of bodyfat being stored but even dudes being ass raped in prison, a stressful environment no doubt, can pack on muscle so i doubt it's really that.


    If you are dealing with stress and anxiety i would just calm down and realise you could die at any moment and there are psychopaths and serial killers lurking among us. Cancer is quite common now-a-days and it's likely that many men will die pre-mature deaths due to heart attacks and strokes. Car crashes are a quite common way to die or be severely injured through no fault of your own, plenty of bad drivers out there. If thinking about all of that doesn't calm you down, i don't know what will. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 22, 2016 12:43 AM GMT
    Aidenz saidFor a long time I've been skinny and struggled to gain muscle. I work out regularly and eat clean but I don't seem to be growing, if anything I'm getting fat but no muscle. Sometimes life and school gets in the way of me getting a good workout and rest. I also deal with a lot of stress and anxiety. Is it possible that the stress is keeping me from gaining muscle? What way is there around that


    If you're getting fat, there's no way you're eating as clean as you might think you are. I'd suggest using an app like MyFitnessPal to track everything you eat for a week. I suspect you're getting nowhere near enough protein. (You should be getting at least 1.5g per pound you weigh).

    But you mention rest and that is just as important as the workouts and the protein--your body cannot repair the muscle tissue you've damaged by the workout without proper rest; get your 8 hours, no matter what.
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    Mar 22, 2016 1:45 AM GMT
    Aidenz saidFor a long time I've been skinny and struggled to gain muscle. I work out regularly and eat clean but I don't seem to be growing, if anything I'm getting fat but no muscle. Sometimes life and school gets in the way of me getting a good workout and rest. I also deal with a lot of stress and anxiety. Is it possible that the stress is keeping me from gaining muscle? What way is there around that

    Stress is never good. It can indeed affect your metabolism. It can also cause your immune system to be less effective. You will experience more colds, and other medical issues.

    I would suggest a part of your strategy should be to reduce your stress, for its own sake. Perhaps get some counseling, that many campuses offer their students at no cost.

    You need good rest. Poor rest habits can contribute to fat gain. And never eat before sleeping. A good (or bad) way to gain fat.

    I perceive you dealing with possibly conflicting interests: academic and athletic. One of them may have to take a lower priority. As a former University Professor and Registrar, and academic advisor to guys like you, I would say your best long-term interests will be served by going with the academic first. Your transcript will be your calling card for your future, including entering later graduate work if you choose.

    Watch your health, but never put your grades in second place. You've got a whole life ahead of you to plan, and your physical appearance today will mean nothing tomorrow. That aspect you can always correct. Prioritize.

  • Apr 20, 2016 6:28 AM GMT
    keeping fit and maintaining college classes can be rough. are you graduating soon? maybe the end is near? in sight?

    hang in there, once classes are over, you start work and don't have to be up all night studying or writing papers you will be able to commit to the gym better.
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    May 06, 2016 9:04 PM GMT
    GladiatorSam saidI used to had that problem being a skinny boy. That is because our bones are smaller than others with big bones that look like they are stronger or muscular.

    Have you try eat a lot of protein chicken/meat/vegetables or protein shake?


    "I can't look as big as some guys because I have small bones" is as much bullshit as "I'm not fat, I'm just big boned". That's not how it works.
  • Noeton

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    Jul 02, 2016 3:50 AM GMT
    I think it is very possible that, yes, stress can interfere with muscle gain and promote fat gain.

    Definitely keep up with your workouts. A healthy and fit body is the foundation for a keen mind and everything else. Gaining muscle as a naturally skinny man requires a learning curve. Consider investigating proper nutrition and lifting technique -- there's a lot of disinformation out there, but what you want is not only possible but also natural. For me, walking, stretching and a good workout are great ways to relieve stress. Get plenty of good sleep. Reconsider your time management plan and emotional environment. In addition to the information posted below, make sure you are getting all of your other essential micronutrients. Good luck!

    "People who have high levels of vitamin C do not show the expected mental and physical signs of stress when subjected to acute psychological challenges. What's more, they bounce back from stressful situations faster than people with low levels of vitamin C in their blood." https://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200304/vitamin-c-stress-buster

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/08/990823072615.htm

  • Jul 03, 2016 10:53 AM GMT
    I have been monitoring my weight gain and there always seems to be a drop on my Saturday weigh ins. Fridays are always highly stressful at my job. I believe the anxiety i experience impacts on how I sleep on Thursday and Friday nights and how I get to eat my meals on the Friday (and how I digest it). I've shifted things around at my job and the dips in my weight have gone away.

    I would suggest perhaps changing your intake so that if you are unable to train your body won't store food as fat.

    Stress and anxiety will always be there (even beyond your studies), perhaps develop tools to deal better with it. You have to take care of your internal psyche as well as your external body.