Am I Impatient For Gains?

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    Apr 29, 2007 9:30 PM GMT
    I started working out at the end of last November. I've ALWAYS been painfully thin. The I was 6' and 133 lbs and now I'm (of course) 6' and 141. The main problem is, and yes I'm glad for the weight gain, you can barely see it when I'm dressed. I'm trying to push myself for better gains.
    Here's my question: should I be glad I gained that so far and go on or should I actually be bigger by now. I work out 5-6 days a week for an hour using the videos on the BodyForLife.com site.
    Thx for any ideas and/or suggestions!
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    Apr 30, 2007 1:51 AM GMT
    stop doing cardio or just not as much. that is the most sound advice i know to give. i am currently trying to gain some, but i have gained more than you have in just about 4 weeks (9 lbs) and i have decreased my body fat so its actual muscle. i know the body for life has aq lot of cardio elements and is great for people who are generally trying to get in shape or trying to maintain what they have, but to build muscle is not the best. i would just try lifting and eating a ton of food (especially protein).
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    Apr 30, 2007 2:13 AM GMT
    Thx cdf but I'm only using the BFL videos for the exercises and not doing any cardio and I eat ALOT1 lol oh and the protein shakes..CytoGainer.
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    Apr 30, 2007 2:39 AM GMT
    well...hmmmm... have you tried the weight gainer protein shakes that are 5000 cals per serving??? lol its pretty extreme, but if youre that hard of a gainer it possibly could work, just not sure if its exactly healthy for someone your size.
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    Apr 30, 2007 3:11 AM GMT
    Im not sure what body for life is, but the best way to gain weight is lifting heavy and eating protein and carbs. Anything else is not gunna make you gain weight.
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    Apr 30, 2007 3:15 AM GMT
    Buy the book "From Scrawny to Brawny" it has EVERYTHING you need to know about getting big without turning to steroids. It's only like $12 from amazon.com. Be prepared to eat, A LOT and cut out ALL CARDIO pretty much...i'm talking like you'll only be doing 15-30 mins of cardio A WEEK. Everything else should be the lifting (heaviest weight you can manage without sacrificing form) and EATING, which i find to be the hardest part. Think 3800 - 4000 cals a day, that's what to aim for (and not like mcdonalds and shit) but legit calories from lean meats, carbs, fruits, and vegetables.

    Good luck!
    Justin
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    Apr 30, 2007 3:18 AM GMT
    Thx Jes and I hear ya....oh and my copy of Scrawny to Brawny arrived today irronically. Got it from Men's Health magazine. Thx!
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    Apr 30, 2007 3:36 AM GMT
    Is it just me, or does this thread sound like something you'd hear at a marketing agency.
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    Apr 30, 2007 5:02 AM GMT
    Id hate to think so OWL since I asked an honest question.
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    Apr 30, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    Along with a reasonable training program and attention to nutrition, it might be worthwhile to have your doctor do a hormone panel on you to make sure you are not hypogonadic. I've known guys who were even in their 20's. (And it has NOTHING to do with getting it up, or anything that simple.)

    I agree with the comments about reduced cardio, but also note that the reported gain of 9 pounds in 4 weeks along with a claim that it's mostly muscle is highly unlikely. 10-15# per year of lean mass is a good gain, possibly slighly more the first year. But 18#/year is still only 1 1/2 pounds of lean mass during a 4 week period.

    I suspect that his body fat was tested with calipers or with a body fat scale, both of which methods are HIGHLY INACCURATE AND VARIABLE.

    Studies have shown that it takes 6-8 weeks for most impartial 3rd parties to see a visible change in someone when they start lifting.

    Good luck.
    Joey
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    Apr 30, 2007 9:54 PM GMT
    no offence i was just teasing.
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    May 04, 2007 5:51 AM GMT
    Justin is right.

    Whether on extra hormones / anti-aging therapy, or not, calories and recovery are critical to gains. In fact, you won't make gains without them.

    You wanna make gains you HAVE TO EAT.
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    May 04, 2007 5:53 AM GMT
    Good solid food.

    Meat, fish, poultry, and good solid carbs...potatoes (regular and sweet), rice, bread, pasta.

    You have to eat fat, too.

    3 protein shakes and a Big Mac isn't how it works.

    Good solid food, multiple times a day, for months on end..that's how it works.
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    May 04, 2007 5:55 AM GMT
    When I'm in gain mode, I'll sometimes push 8000 calories.

    I literally stuff myself.

    I've always eaten good (big) since I was very young (10,11, whatever).

    That's how I was 175 in high school.

    If you keep the calories going, you can't NOT make gains.
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    May 13, 2007 5:15 AM GMT
    Thx for the info Chucky! I'm really diggin' the Scrawny2Brawny book and I think it will help alot. I swear I have to reach 160 by summers end...yeah dreaming but a goal!
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    May 13, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    I'd like you to post everything that you ingest in the form of food, or beverage, over the next week. Then, we'll point you to a calorie calculator and you can figure out if your intakes is adequate. Usually, skinny folks aren't eating. Snake oil, or not, won't help if someone isn't eating enough. Asking a question without providing the information for proper discovery is asking for a miracle cure. (Like being a pictureless on web site, it's just plain stupid.)

    Get the USDA SR-18 Nutrient Calc here: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/Data/SR18/sr18.html

    You're very underweight, so barring a metabolic malfunction (to much T4, T3, let's say), almost certainly you aren't brining on enough calories.

    With some minuscule effort, and the calorie calculator, you should be able to move to a higher level and begin to help yourself attain your goals.
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    May 13, 2007 3:05 PM GMT
    try www.calorie-count.com (free website). most people have no clue how many calories they are eating so by entering all the food / beverages you have every day you will be able to maintain a specific calorie intake.

    and you would be amazed how hard it is to eat 4000 calories when you are eating healthy. I personally stick to 2500 a day but thats what my body needs to sustain my weight. if you are trying to gain you have to consume more than you burn.
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    May 14, 2007 9:16 PM GMT
    Once again I want to thank you all for your responses!! I'll ck that calorie counter. I think that's gonna be a big help and this Scrawny To Brawney book is answering alot of the questions I have. I'm joining that website too!
    Thx again!