I've tried and tried and can't gain a pound!!

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    Aug 16, 2009 6:46 AM GMT
    So I've been working out pretty regularly now for something like 12 weeks. I'm a little guy at 5'7" and 125lbs. I've got a speedy 24 yo Filipino metabolism that burns up everything I eat. I started using weight gainer. I've already been through 3 tubs of the stuff and still.... nada, nothing, not a single pound gained. Part of the problem is that I'm a flight attendant, so I'm not always home and I don't have the luxury of being able to stick to a set workout plan or diet because the work out facilities at some of our layover hotels are minimal. Even with that I am able to maintain some level of consistency. There was a period where I was weighing in at 130lbs, but then work took me away for two weeks straight and I didn't touch the gym and I went right back to 125. It's frustrating. I'd get a personal trainer but I just can't afford it. If I have no alternative is doing push ups in my hotel room worth it? Should I be downing more weight gainer? I've been doing a full body workout every other day and that seems to be effective, but maybe I should go back to isolating groups of muscles instead? I dunno.... maybe I just have to wait till I'm 30 when my metabolism starts to slow down. If you have any insight or went through something similar, please let me know. I'm all ears!!
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    Aug 16, 2009 1:19 PM GMT
    Well, either you're sick, or, you're not eating enough. That's how stuff works.
  • _gingin

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    Aug 16, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    i was alot like you when i was younger. 178cm and barely hanging at 57kgs. everything that went in just disappeared and if i hid behind a blade of grass, you'd probably miss me.

    there are two very important things to help you gain weight:

    1. try to maintain a workout routine as much as possible

    2. and chucky is right--eat. eat until you never want to see food ever again, and then eat some more. just eat eat eat eat eat. snack, meals, buffets, grub anything and everything. just eat.

    i found that when i was in an active routine of rowing, gymming and running, my appetite increased considerably and my weight shot up to 70kgs. i also noticed the moment i stopped the routine, my appetite died down and within 2 months, i lost 8kgs--thats eating breakky lunch and dinner everyday and losing weight.

    i'm back up to 68kgs now with a very fixed gym routine and eating like theres no tomorrow. i find it easier to get the food down when i think of it in terms of its nutritional breakdown instead of what it really is haha.

    good luck with it!
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    Aug 16, 2009 5:50 PM GMT
    LOL. Eat until it hurts, then, eat extra. It's nearly impossible to overeat if you eat good foods. It's HARD to get enough calories unless you have FAT in your diet. You just don't want fried fried or lots of simple sugars in your diet. EAT.
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    Aug 16, 2009 5:57 PM GMT
    you look good. My Filipino friend is 5'4 and has same body like you
  • Sparkycat

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    Aug 16, 2009 7:29 PM GMT
    OMG you can eat all you want and not gain a pound???? The horror!!!!! How can you stand to live like that??? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 16, 2009 10:35 PM GMT
    I know what you guys are saying about eating. Everyone tells me to eat more. The problem I run into is not knowing what to eat. Food is expensive these days, and eating a 3000 calorie diet is not cheap. I'm not really sure what foods I can eat that are cheap that can add on a lot of calories. I think what I need to do is really work on the snacking part. I'm already really good at eating three meals a day, but I'm really bad at snacking in between. Is peanut butter on a slice of bread good? Or an apple and a handful of nuts? I remember I used to eat a lot of PB and J because it was cheap and Peanut butter has a high fat and protein content.
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    Aug 16, 2009 10:57 PM GMT
    Three meals a day are not enough. You need to be eating six. Focus on lean meats and veggies. The least processed foods are, the better (which I know may be difficult in your line of work).
  • Hunkymonkey

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    Aug 17, 2009 6:35 PM GMT
    Overeat and don't overtrain. It's not magic.
    You have to eat many more calories, not just bulk, than normally. If you have to eat pizza, cake, and ice cream from time to time, it might not be so bad with a high metabolism. And get at least 150-200 gr. of protein per day. Take liquid amino acids and dextrose pre & post workout.
    You have to keep your training down to under an hour, no more than 4 times a week (2 splits). 3 times a week might be better (1.5 splits per week). Go for weight, not reps. Get plenty of rest between training the same body part. Your body type needs it.
  • ShagonTheHate

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    Aug 21, 2009 9:22 AM GMT
    Don't do a lot of cardio, sleep and rest, train regularly (nothing more), eat the right food till your brains pop out, eat every 2-2.5 hours, eat big meals (not too big, just so that it fits), you'll get used to it (I hope lol). Don't avoid carbs and fat, you'll never get the right amount in unless you eat it all. Of course, take good fats like olive oil, flaxeed, peanutt butter, good carbs from whole wheat etc. Proteins I don't have to explain I think... Try to use a car or public transportation as much as possible, because if you walk for like 2 hrs every day... that's a lot of calories for a guy in training. I'm no expert at this, but the way I explained it has been working for me. Until I literally started eating so much food that I couldn't have imagined I should eat to gain, nothing was happening. To put it into calories so that you have a more clear perspective, it's about 3500-3700 now daily (started with 3200-3400). Have in mind that I'm on vacation so I rest a lot and it's easier to gain. Don't be afraid of fat, I don't know how much you'll gain because it all depends on genetics, but you have to try, if you see too many fat gains, lower your calories a little. 2 pounds per week should be the maximum limit for you to go, that's been ok for me but still I don't gain a lot of fat that easily, for you perhaps a pound per week would also function. So, try eating like this for 45 days and see what happens. Good luck!icon_biggrin.gif
  • erik_benjamin

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    Aug 21, 2009 12:59 PM GMT
    Waiting til you're 30... LOL :-) Gaining weight is easy then, but it won't be the type of weight you want... We spend a lot of time trying to keep the body you already have.. Enjoy it while you got it.