Skinny to lean average shape

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    Mar 20, 2009 8:24 PM GMT
    Ive been skinny since forever and this summer I really want to improve my body image. Anyone help me on basics or planning? I plan on jogging alot and maybe some small weight training. I dont plan on muscles just enough to not be self conscious anymore.
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    Mar 20, 2009 9:44 PM GMT
    If you are naturally lean, don't try to hard to gain muscle. Lots of cardio and core work helps the most. Plan 2 or 3 days a week to lift heavy and hard to get some tone on your arms/chest.
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    Mar 21, 2009 12:59 AM GMT
    I took time to review your profile, but, unfortunately, you haven't yet taken time to complete it. I also took time to download, and rotate the one shirtless picture that you have online. Because you didn't complete your profile, I'm guessing, but, you look like you're on the verge of starvation in the shirtless picture.

    First things, first. If you haven't, you need to have a blood workup done. Have them do a CMP (Complete Metabolic Panel), along with testosterone, and free thyroid. As well have your fasting blood glucose tested. Sometimes, folks as thin as you have diabetes and don't realize it. Sometimes, guys as thin as you have thyroid disorders, and don't realize it. Sometimes, guys as thin as you have eating disorders and need professional help. Sometimes, guys have never eaten nor been active, which is easily fixable.

    The most important thing you can do for yourself is to eat. Period. No discussion. That's the honest truth.

    I'd like you to download the USDA SR21 food calculator, and track your calorie intake. If it's below around 3000, you probably aren't eating enough.

    You didn't take time to list your activities, nor weight, so it's hard to speculate on how many calories you require on any give day.

    While you say you don't want to be big / muscular, you still need to eat. If you're eating and still so thin, then something is wrong. You're either not eating enough, or you've got some underlying issue.

    Lean muscle mass burns calorie at rest, so, it's easier to stay lean if you do resistance training and acquire muscle. Only muscle increase your metabolism as you grow older.

    Doing lots of cardio is exactly what you DO NOT want to be doing now. I'm afraid that's incredibly bad advice. You need to eat, lift, and find out if you have some other issue that's keeping you so underweight.

    As thin as you are, doing lots of cardio could actually damage your organs if you continue to get thinner. It's real bad advice. You need to eat. You need to lift. You need to gain about thirty pounds, while doing some occasional cardio, but just enough to maintain your cardiac threshold, or improve it.
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    Mar 21, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    thesniper saidIve been skinny since forever and this summer I really want to improve my body image. Anyone help me on basics or planning? I plan on jogging alot and maybe some small weight training. I dont plan on muscles just enough to not be self conscious anymore.


    Hum, you're not clear on what your goal is. "Improve my body image" is vague, subjective, and depends on what one's opinion of "improve" is.

    If you are looking to put on ANY muscle, you should probably drop the jogging and almost all cardio. You're naturally lean, and cardio will burn off most gains you might have been able to achieve. You need to lift weights but put on muscles and definition. Not "some small weights", but a serious weight lifting plan.

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    Mar 21, 2009 1:23 AM GMT
    Oh, and what's your diet consist of? You should probably eat more lean meats.
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    Mar 21, 2009 1:24 AM GMT
    If you can't even bother to fill out a profile.....then you probably lack motivation exercise.

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    Mar 21, 2009 1:28 AM GMT
    LeanathleticDC saidIf you can't even bother to fill out a profile.....then you probably lack motivation exercise.



    You've been a member for almost 2 years...and still haven't filled out the profile?


    Not a good sign of how motivated you are.
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    Mar 21, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
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    Mar 21, 2009 2:46 PM GMT
    yea looks like your first aim should be to work on your motivation if youre only thinking about this for 5 minutes once every 2 years.

    Write down precise goals of what you want to achieve specifically

    ie. I want to go from 140lbs to 160lbs
    I want my body fat to go from 10% to 16% etc

    Then go to a gym and ask to have an apointment with one of the gym instructors there and they will go through a program with you based on your goals

    good luck