How do I gain weight?

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    Dec 28, 2009 11:28 PM GMT
    I started getting serious about packin on the LBs for about three months. I started at 149. I quit smoking and put on 10 lbs in a month. I've been stuck at 160. How do I get to 170?

    I think maybe I lift too much weights. I work out like 6 days a week. For about an hour a day. Any supplements work better than others? Whey protein wasn't doing anything for me.

    HELP
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    Dec 29, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Back in my early thirties when I was first working out, skinny as a rail, and trying to put on muscle, I made eggnog and drank lots of that. It really worked. I grew muscles like crazy.
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    Dec 29, 2009 2:22 AM GMT
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  • B71115

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    Dec 29, 2009 2:30 AM GMT
    I know you think you are eating enough, but you aren't. It's simple. I was 115 pounds and thought I ate like a horse. Over time, I learned how to eat. It wasn't easy. Don't quit on the protein. Sneak in protein bars and chicken breasts here and there. You are burning a lot of calories, so you need to eat more. Remember, Michael Phelps talked about getting 10,000 calories during training. He is not fat or hugely muscled. But skip the McDonald's as much as you can. That will become a bad habit and eventually one you will regret.
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    Dec 29, 2009 2:40 AM GMT
    I'm stuck in the same boat dude. I gained 15 pounds over the past year and have now been stuck at 160. I'm trying to get to 170, but nothing is working. I feel like if I eat any more than I do, I'm going to be sick.
  • Neon_Dreams

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    Dec 29, 2009 3:08 AM GMT
    heyitsdanx saidI'm stuck in the same boat dude. I gained 15 pounds over the past year and have now been stuck at 160. I'm trying to get to 170, but nothing is working. I feel like if I eat any more than I do, I'm going to be sick.


    Keep working on your definition, eat more, and lift more. Same advice for the OP.


    Joe
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    Dec 29, 2009 3:10 AM GMT
    I have the same problem, feel like I eat till am stuff to mouth. But can't seem to move forward from 160. Its frustrating.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:29 AM GMT
    BRaiche saidI started getting serious about packin on the LBs for about three months. I started at 149. I quit smoking and put on 10 lbs in a month. I've been stuck at 160. How do I get to 170?

    I think maybe I lift too much weights. I work out like 6 days a week. For about an hour a day. Any supplements work better than others? Whey protein wasn't doing anything for me.

    HELP


    Calories...carbs, proteins, and fats, and maybe even some alcohol.

    If you eat more calories than you expend, you'll gain weight. It's that very simple.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:57 AM GMT
    Well there are many big dudes on here who I am sure could share a ton of info that worked for them.
    One is it takes some time. Being young is good. 35 grams of high quality protein 6x a day (gram of protein per lb. body weight or more). Egg whites and egg beaters in omelets and scrambles (w/sauteed veggies), chicken/turkey breast, fish, whey powder concentrates and isolates w/skim mile and fat free yogurt shakes. Get a blender. Put bananas and berries in w/that shake. Get some veggies in particularly green salads for nutrition and yes you'll need to eat more food overall. Good fats like tree nuts, seeds, extra virgin olive oil, flax and canola oil, whole grains (aviod the whites-white flour, pasta, rice, sugar, potatoes). Yams and sweet potatoes. 72 hrs between working muscle groups if you are a hard gainer. You'll still get in 2x/week per muscle group. Might check w/a trainer if 4 sets of 8-12 reps isn't working for you. Do some cardio but don't go nuts if you want to gain.
    Over all it's more important to be healthy and flexible than big. Keep stretching. Yoga? Tobacco use (cigs, chew and leaf) and alcohol consumption has been identified as inhibiting muscle growth and appetite suppression. Alcohol is a wonderful source of empty calories. That being said I love beer (wine and whiskey) and smoke cigars. I used to be a cig smoker for a very long time all the time hiking, playing volleyball, tennis, flag football, softball, golf, 10Ks and 1/2 marathons etc. thinking I was immortal. I am not. I learned the hardheaded way. Quitting smoking/dipping is the best thing you can do for your health. That and limiting consumption of animal/saturated fats and trans fats. Good luck guys.
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    Dec 30, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Wait unil you hit your 30's & 40's. Be careful for what you wish for...Trust me!
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    Dec 30, 2009 5:39 PM GMT
    B71115 saidI know you think you are eating enough, but you aren't.


    This. Always.
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    Dec 30, 2009 6:05 PM GMT
    uhhh, put rocks in your pockets? icon_lol.gif

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    Dec 30, 2009 8:32 PM GMT
    Thanks for all the suggestions guys.. I've been eating more, even though I'm not hungry. And I underestimated how much protein I need, so I doubled my intake and have actually seen some progress already.

    Thanks again!!

    Brian
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    Jan 20, 2010 12:50 AM GMT
    make sure you get plenty of protein but this would be a good time to splurge on some of the foods that you really love. I wouldnt go too crazy eating clean if you are trying to pack on the pounds as long as you are good sufficient protein to build muscle. If you are eating sunflower seeds and carrot sticks, its not going to put on the weight
  • inuman

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    Jan 20, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    It all depends on what kind of weight you are talking about that you want to gain.

    I will assume it is lean muscle mass you are talking about. So that being the case here is a good way to tell how much protein you should be taking in either it be by eating food or mixing it up with protein.

    Now first you have to realize that protein doesn't build muscle, it helps in getting the right amount of protein your body needs in order to gain or maintain what you have. The myth that it gets you the muscle mass is just that a myth. If you were to eat only foods you'd still get the same results you would want.

    So taking all that into consideration here's a good and simple mathematical way to determine how much protein you would need.

    Your weight in KG - body % fat = your lean muscle mass in KG(roughly)

    Your lean muscle mass in KG X 2.25 = how much protein you need to maintain what you have in grams.

    Example...

    I am 185 lbs or 83.91 kg my body fat is 22%, so I convert 22% of weight which is 40.70 lbs of fat or 18.46 kg, so now I minus that from my weight and I have 65.46 kg of lean muscle mass (roughly) and now I times that by 2.25 and I get 147.285 (I round up to get an even number, just who I am) and that's 150 grams of protein a day.

    I get that easy with 2 scoops of protein each which have 27g of protein and the rest is from natural foods like meat and eggs but I also eat other things that my body needs, greens, healthy fats, carbs, etc. It sounds hard at first but over time it becomes easy and natural to do.

    Give yourself a cheat day though so you don't have any withdrawals from the things you love to eat. Which I've learned to do recently and now its paying off. I was last month at 30% fat and I've still maintained the 185 lbs and notice that I've got more muscle mass then last month.

    I'm shooting for 12% body fat but still want to keep the 185 lbs.


    Anyways hope that helps and keep it up, it'll come to ya I'm sure icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 27, 2010 12:10 PM GMT
    I grew muscles like crazy.
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    Feb 16, 2010 6:21 PM GMT
    When I was in college, I wore a size 27, weighed 145 lbs. and was skinny as a broomstick. The cheapest meal I cooked often was red beans and rice (protein, carbs, fats) and I ate it all the time. I gained weight pretty quickly and grew to the size of a linebacker with a waist of 34. I worked out 4-5 days a week and whittled my body down to a muscular size at 189 lbs.

    For the time being, I wouldn't complain about being too skinny because trust me, you'll be wishing that you were skinny again as you get older. I should know. icon_neutral.gif

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    Feb 16, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    BRaiche saidI started getting serious about packin on the LBs for about three months. I started at 149. I quit smoking and put on 10 lbs in a month. I've been stuck at 160. How do I get to 170?

    I think maybe I lift too much weights. I work out like 6 days a week. For about an hour a day. Any supplements work better than others? Whey protein wasn't doing anything for me.

    HELP


    Eat.
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    Feb 24, 2010 8:23 AM GMT
    A great book that helped me gain is called "Scrawny To Brawny" by John Berardi and Michael Mejia. The whole first half of the book is about exercise and the second is about nutrition. There are 4 phases (months) of workout plans in the book, and you can get 12 more months for joining their online program too. There are also detailed eating plans.
    I'm 5'11", and I went from 138 lbs.-170 lbs. I highly recommend this book in anyone's pursuit of good weight gaining.
  • HankFit247

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    Apr 15, 2010 5:00 AM GMT
    My tricks to gain weight:

    I don't count calories, I count Protein.
    Daily Goal, consume 1 - 1.5 grams per body weight, I take this a step further and focus on my goal weight.
    Log everything I eat (Keeps me accountable to self)

    Once your comfortable with monitoring your protein intake, take it a step further, ensure your Protein Supplements (Shakes and Bars), don't account for more than 20% of your protein intake. (This is a little harder, but helps to ensure you are eating REAL Food, and not just feasting on supplements.)

    Favorite Protein:
    Low Volume, High Protein foods - Almonds 3 Tbls = 6 g of Protein.
    I carry around 2 snack pack bags, 4 servings each everywhere I go. 214 grams of protein in about 2 minutes flat.
    $ - Sam's Club, 10# bag for $11 USD.

    Most of my protein comes from Sam's Club:
    Turkey Burgers, Angus Burgers, Sirloin Burgers, Salmon Burgers, Pre-Cooked Angus burgers, Chicken Sausages, ...

    All Fresh meats come from local butcher or grocery store (Less Antibiotics, Growth Hormones, …) You can taste and feel (texture) the difference between Sam’s and the local Butcher.
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    Apr 15, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
    A little lessen on food here. Growth hormone is NOT used in beef, or pork, or poultry, production in the U.S. Trenbolone is used in beef production, but is NOT used in pork, or poultry, production. Unless beef is specifically sold as organic, it is almost certainly grown with corn, and trenbolone. Trenbolone increases feed efficiency by about 30%, and also makes the beef leaner, and faster to market, providing you with better food, at a 30% reduction in cost. Bovine growth hormone is fed to dairy cattle to greatly enhance milk production. Again, better quality, at a lower cost. Estrogen is used in beef production to increase weight gain, but causes more fat, and bloat.

    There are six different kinds of steroid hormones that are currently approved by FDA for use in food production in the US: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, zeranol, trenbolone acetate, and melengestrol acetate. Estradiol and progesterone are natural female sex hormones; testosterone is the natural male sex hormone; zeranol, trenbolone acetate and melengesterol acetate are synthetic growth promoters (hormone-like chemicals that can make animals grow faster). Currently, federal regulations allow these hormones to be used on growing cattle and sheep, but not on poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks) or hogs (pigs). The above hormones are not as useful in increasing weight gain of poultry or hogs.

    As mentioned earlier, FDA allows the use of the protein hormone rbGH to increase milk production in dairy cattle. This protein hormone is not used on beef cattle.

    The hormones lower the carbon footprint of food production, lower feed costs, increase production, lower the time to market, and improve the quality of the food you eat.

    Most meat in this country comes from 1 of the 12 national slaughter chains. Small slaughter houses are nearly non-existent. Meat at the butcher comes from those same slaughter houses. It's just not pre-packaged.

    In testing of residual growth hormone between milk of cows fed bovine growth hormone and not, there were no differences in the levels at market. You're wasting money when you buy organic, and you increase the carbon footprint of food production.

    The difference in taste between Wally World and others is food handling, and food decontamination / sanitation techniques and NOT the actual food growing process. Some beef is irradiated (Omaha Steaks) and other beef has bacteria killing filler put into it. Cobalt 60 radiation makes for very safe food, and long shelf lives. Omaha Steaks has done it for ten years, and has never had a single instance of food poisoning. Cesium-137 is a less common method of food sterilization, but, is used as well.

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