zsocerstar saidI am however, counting for my metabolism to slow a little in my later 20's.
I'm almost...., well let's just say I'm older than my late 20's and I'm still waiting for my metabolism to change. The only thing I've noticed that when I put on weight, the fat goes straight to a four inch strip right below my belly button.
When I got my weight up from the low 130s to 152, I followed a very strict eating schedule. I ate 6 times a day, about every 3 hours. I got used to eating the same things over and over again, which many people find annoying but it helped me because it meant I had a regular shopping list and cooking schedule. The trick is to stick with the schedule. I'm trying to gain some weight back and I do fine on weekdays, but weekends throw off my schedule. I know that is what is keeping me from reaching my goals.
I didn't worry too much about the ratio of protein, carbs, and fat, other than to try to eat low fat and consume plenty of protein (1-1.5g per pound of body weight). I tried not to really too much on protein shakes. Although some might say that the one shake a day that I did was too much. I used BSN True Mass and only did a half serving a day. As for fats I tried to rely on healthy fats, avocado, almonds, and my favorite, peanut butter. I remember eating a lot of sweet potatoes - cooked with apple sauce or pineapple. Try to avoid calories with no nutrition behind them (alcohol, soda, candy). I think the trick to any diet is not depriving yourself though. Just don't give into cravings for unhealthy food too often.
Set realistic goals. I had a target weight in mind (14
, but I did not set a time goal for reaching it. As long as my weight was trending up, I was happy. I didn't let a week where I didn't have any gains get me down.