Another weight gaining topic

  • Tread

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    Nov 15, 2017 6:06 PM GMT
    Hey guys/hardgainers

    So I come from a long line of lanky tall people. I stand at 6.2 ft. and to my dismay after having been on the scales last week, I only weigh 167 lb. I've deiced that I can't be this light anymore, so I'm committed to gaining some muscle, flesh and fat. Hopefully in that order.
    I wanted to hear if anyone having had the same problems, would be willing to share their stories of how they gained weight and might have some pointers for me, that I've haven't thought of myself?

    Right now I'm doing a full body routine, focusing on the big compound moves twice a week. I'm not able to get to the gym more than twice a week, cause of work and other commitments. I don't do any cardio, cause on average I bike 10 miles a day, to work and around the city I live in. Getting enough food has always been a challenge for me, so now I'm paying a place to make me my food and snacks. The meal-plan that I'm on has me at 2500 calories a day. Meats, veggies and rice/beans etc. That number is without drinks/liquids. I'm finding it hard to eat the amount of food in the meal plan, but I'm sticking to it even if I'm not hungry.
    I try to get enough sleep and not stress to much.

    I've been at it for under a month, so I know its early days. But how long did it take for you, before you starting getting results? Any ideas for optimization of what I'm doing now? How did you successfully gain weight?

    Thanks in advance for any advice and comments icon_wink.gif
  • Destinharbor

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    Nov 15, 2017 7:07 PM GMT
    I used to be that way, too, but at about age 35, my metabolism shifted and I started putting on weight way too easily. Be careful what you wish for... I would suggest you leave things just as you have them now but add protein in the form of a shake with few calories. Let carbs and nutrients come from your food but add a shake in the morning and evening-- that will support muscle growth. Each shake should be 30 grams of protein and no more than about 160 calories. And if you can only gym twice per week, drop all the compound moves and target certain muscles more in isolation. One day do back, biceps, and upper rear delts, then the other day do chest, triceps and frond delts. That should help you gain mass. Don't even think about adding fat unless it is clean fat earlier in the day. Good luck!
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    Nov 18, 2017 4:52 AM GMT
    I'm tall just like you. I started at 64kg 9 years ago and I'm currently at 94kg 8% body fat (current photos only on my instagram) It took me 5 years of training to reach the weight in which you currently feel skinny. I wonder what your body fat is?

    2500kcal is nothing. You really need to schedule an appointment with an experienced sports dietitian because you will need a lot more than 2500kcal if you are to sustain the extra 20kg+ of muscle you'll need to look muscular in an aesthetic way for your height. If you don't feel like having the appetite to eat more than what you're currently eating, maybe this thread will be useful (, but you should still see a sports dietitian.

    But let's not lose the focus of why you want this in the first place:

    The amount of muscle you'll need to gain to leave lanky territory is optimistically at the limit of what is naturally achievable -- assuming you have amazing genetics, you start young, you have a great diet and you give lots of stimulus to your muscles. That doesn't seem to be the case, so you're better off lowering your expectations AND prioritizing it a lot more than you currently are.
  • Triggerman

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    Jan 30, 2018 5:54 PM GMT
    How can you say you want to gain weight but don't want to eat? It is counter intuitive

    Where do you think muscle comes from? Air? Build a brick wall but tell the brick company you don't need anymore bricks See how that works.

    Muscle is protein. Workout all you want but no protein no gains. Fats, Carbs are all so necessary.
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    Jan 31, 2018 2:56 AM GMT
    Depending on how you interpret "eating" it could make sense that he wants to grow without eating.

    If he means eating as "ingesting", then it really makes no sense, he has to ingest that nutrition somehow.

    But if he means eating as "chewing solid food", he could get away with drinking most of his calories, which is not ideal but it's an acceptable compromise for folks with small appetites or tight schedules.