Gaining weight

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    Nov 19, 2007 9:58 AM GMT
    Im naturally SUPER skinny. ive put on 5 pounds (now at around 135 lbs)in 3 months on a 6000 calorie diet, 90 minute 5 days a week cardio (yes they are necessary amd can't cut it out of the workout) and 60 minute weights 5 days a week too. i take muscle milk, used whey, and now using cytogainer.
    Am i just stuck being skinny? Im at 5.3% body fat and some how keep getting more toned, not gaining weight and even dropping as low as 125lbs after workouts...
    whats goin' on?
  • Laurence

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:35 PM GMT
    Why so much cardio? Why is it neccessary? You may be undoing all your work to gain weight.

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:45 PM GMT
    The cardio IS what is preventing you from gaining weight.

    You can't expect to make a change in your body without changing what you do. Keep doing the same thing and you will look the same.

    Trust me I know how hard it can be. I used to run every day come hell or high water and I didn't start gaining weight (have gone from 140 in June to 164 now) until I cut the running down to twice a week, three times at MOST.

    Just my personal experience.
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    Nov 19, 2007 6:28 PM GMT
    If I may be so bold:

    1. Have a blood workup done (CMP) with a thyroid and testosterone test, as well as resting glucose.

    Either you have a nasty case of idiotitess or a metabolic problem.
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    Nov 19, 2007 6:34 PM GMT
    In addition to way too much cardio, it also sounds like you could be overtraining. You don't need to work out more than three times per week, give your body time to recover, that's where more mass happens.
  • Kevin82

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    Nov 19, 2007 7:06 PM GMT
    Stop doing the cardio period and you'll blow up like a balloon. Excessive cardio leads to wear and tear on your joints and then your looking at osteoarthritis which is not so much fun.
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    Nov 19, 2007 7:07 PM GMT
    Rule 1:
    If you consume more calories than you burn, you will gain weight.

    Rule 2:
    If you consume fewer calories than you burn, you will lose weight.

    You do not state your cardio (type, intensity), but, doing some simple stuff, that you, yourself, can research....

    1.5 * 800 cardio 1200
    Workout resistance 600
    Muscle mass 1781.25
    Base caloric load 3581.25

    You either not eating 3581 calories, or,
    you are burning more than 3581 calories, or,
    you are are doing more activity, or,
    you have a a metabolic problem, or,
    you're very ill, or,
    you've got an eating disorder.

    Common sense 101. These are all things you should be able to figure out on your own, and are easily researched at this site and others.

    What are you doing wrong? Hard telling, but, those are most of the possibilities.

    If you are so thin on 6000 calories, I'd sure look at a metabolic disorder. Almost anyone can gain with that many calories. It's important you know. You could have some other illness, too. Or, maybe you're not eating as much as you say.

    If you have do 90 minute of cardio, as you said, and you're eating that many calories, you should still be fine.

    Eat a jar of peanut butter every day. See what happens.

    If what you're saying is true...I'm guessing you have a hyper-thyroid condition. Everything I know about it, and you, suggests that. Either, that, or you aren't counting something right.

    Just FYI, if you think for a moment, you'll realize that your post workout weight loss is simply water loss from sweating, and metabolic process. That's very normal, and very typical. Again, common sense 101.
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    Nov 19, 2007 11:47 PM GMT
    Your trying to gain weight and your doing cardio, are you nuts? Also 5 days a week for 60 minutes a workout! You better hire a trainer to straighten you out. I don't care if you eat a cow every day you won't gain weight on that workout schedule. Spend some time reading some of the workout articals on this site,, and If you still don't understand bodybuilding, seriously hire a trainer.
    Good luck
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    Feb 12, 2008 10:20 AM GMT
    Thanks fr all your replies. i have to do cardio seeing as how my training is for track and field events and i need to keep my speed up at the same time that i increase my strength. i am a pole vaulter and a 400m runner... it seems like there is a very delicate balance there that i need to find.
    SO i guess my real question is, how to i build strength without letting my speed suffer?