Sick of being Scrawny

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    Aug 25, 2008 11:55 PM GMT
    So, I'm a skinny nerdy boy. I've ALWAYS been skinny. Lately, it's become somewhat of a frustration.

    I got a job as a waiter in a nice downtown restaurant, and end up working a couple hours a day (my pedometer tells me I average 6.5 miles or so a day at work)...thing is, in the 7 months I've worked there, I've lost about 15 lbs. I've been hitting the gym when I have the opportunity (honestly, mostly for yoga twice a week)...but I'm just frustrated at my inability to gain weight.

    My mom worries about how skinny I've gotten, my boyfriend loves my twinkish frame...but I need to find a happy medium (and I'd rather look like a jock than a twink...icon_razz.gif)! I haven't been down in the 145-150 lb. area since high school, and I'm really hoping to bulk up some in these next few months.

    As a result of my frustration, I've been trying to think of ways to sneak more food/calories into my schedule...and protein shakes seem like they're going to be a good resource...

    Does anybody have any suggestions for weight GAIN instead of loss? I've heard that creatine can help with gains, but, with my weird gym schedule (which is probably in need of some fine-tuning and more dedication) I'm wanting to make sure I continue putting on muscle.

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    Aug 26, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    I think you need more resistance training. The body will put on muscle in response to strength challenges. Walking and yoga wont do it for you.

    Low reps but higher weight stimulates the brain to produce growth hormone that is necessary for muscle growth. (High reps and lower weight produce stamina in the muscles)

    I dont recommend...and dont use...supplements. I feel that the body is quite capable of producing all the hormones that the average guy needs when working out.

    But that doesnt mean that you dont need to eat well to get all the proper nutrition that a growing body will demand.

    RealJock has an extensive amount of information right here.

    Click this link or click on the TOPICS tab at the top of the page. Explore all the info they have there.

    You have come to the right place....this site is a fantastic resource!
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    Aug 26, 2008 1:03 AM GMT
    And EAT! I am slim and trying to bulk up a little, too, and I am so surprised at the amount I can eat and still feel hungry. You should be eating all the time. And even though you're trying to get a ton of calories, make them count: good fats and proteins, so lots of snacks of nuts and yogurt and lean meats and good oils.
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    Aug 26, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    I was in the same boat, unhappy with my seeming inability to gain any weight and then I turned 25. Its not been a problem since icon_smile.gif

    ...and I know this wont help how you feel about yourself, but you're cute! And your body looks good and is a good fit for you.
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    Aug 26, 2008 1:17 AM GMT
    Weights + plenty of food is how I got from 115 to 145 in two years. I've held at this weight for the last few months, making the final push to 160ish over this fall/winter with yet even more food. Damn metabolism.
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:35 AM GMT
    Try a mass gainer, I like BSN True Mass look it up and try it high quality protein with good mass gain potential. Add good weights schedule and you're set. icon_smile.gif

    Good luck and keep us posted on results.
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:46 AM GMT
    kalban5000 saidI've heard that creatine can help with gains, but, with my weird gym schedule (which is probably in need of some fine-tuning and more dedication)

    Creatine isn't going to do much for you unless you're really putting a hell of a lot of effort into your workout routine. If you really want to go for a product, just find a simple whey protein. If you're just starting out, the simpler the better as not everything is going to work for you. Spending a crap load of money on a product that has everything under-the-sun in it is just a waste until you can really figure out your routine, diet, and goals.

    If you're really keen on gaining quickly... I guess I can agree with Chuy. I've heard nothing but good things about BSN's TrueMass. Never tried it myself, but a good proportion of the trainers/workers at the gym I work at swear by the stuff. However, "quickly" is all relative: this is still going to take you a while.
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    Aug 26, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    Used to be skinny as hell. No amount of food was enough to make me gain any weight. So, I started going to the gym to lift. 20 years later, I am a good 20 kilos heavier. Hard-gainers don't put on mass overnight. It is a long arduous process, with lots of sweat in the gym, and eating the right food. All the best in your quest to gain some mass!
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    Aug 26, 2008 10:02 AM GMT
    Two things you're going to HAVE to do

    ... The First is you're going to have to increase you calorie intake
    without that your body can't add weight - period

    The other is you're going to have to lift weights
    yoga a few times a week is going to do nothing for you
    a weight routine .. and there are excellent ones right here on the website you can use as a starting point at least 3x a week

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    Aug 26, 2008 11:05 AM GMT
    Eat plenty of nutritious foods - eggs, meat, chicken, lots of carbs, fruit and veg. Having some fats is ok, as your body does need some. And I guess the last thing you're really worried about right now is getting fat. But try and avoid KFC, Mcdonalds etc

    Try Universal Nutrition's Real Gains, or Cytosport, the makers of Musclemilk have something similar too. Keep taking the whey protein too.

    Compound movements/exercises are what's going to help build strength and size - squats, deadlifts, bench presses.

    I know working in hospitality is tiring and the hours can be a real bitch.
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    I'll give a little more info about my diet here now...that might help out advice a bit (and thanks so much for all the quick feedback!)

    About six months ago, when I moved up here to Seattle, I made some adjustments to my diet that, in combination with working in the hospitality industry, have probably hindered the consistency of my weight.

    My body just got fed up and really isn't the keenest on drinking milk. I've switched to rice milk...but drink it pretty inconsistently. I do still consume cheese and other dairy on occasion, but it's not a big part of my it should be....

    Yet another thing that my body just doesn't like too much.

    RARELY (like, once ever two months or so) do i consume fast food...which I used to be pretty hooked on before...

    They're just bad for you....all around. So they've been all but cut out of my diet.

    Most mornings I end up eating bacon, eggs, coffee, and a piece of toast (my boy and I have taken to lavish breakfasts....which hasn't been helping HIS weight the most, but I think the bacon's been keeping me at a stable weight)

    Lunch, I'll have a sandwich (and maybe soup), or whatever is offered at work (which is usually mostly carbs, and terrible food...), which, honestly I have to wolf down to get back to my tables.

    Dinner usually consists of a decent portion of meat, veggies, some rice, and a decent salad, a glass of wine...nothing super special, but at least a somewhat balanced meal.

    I'm trying to think of ways to keep eating consistently (since our restaurant is dumb and won't let us just grab a small scrap of food when we want)...and I'm going to try bringing a bag of nuts with me, and munching as I go.

    Working at a restaurant is a big frustration (with my workout schedule AND personal life), and I end up just being worn out by the time I'm done with my shift, or have other things that need attending to.
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    Aug 26, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    Thanks for the info Kalban. Here's the deal: you're basically eating just 3 meals a day, you look like you're not all that serious about weight training, and you're burning a huge number of calories at your job waiting tables. So your results are not surprising at all. You're currently doing almost nothing to address your weight loss that I can see.

    Given your schedule, I'd make the following three easy changes first:

    1) Add another breakfast before you go to bed, but drop out the carbs -- just stick with eggs and bacon/ham/turkey. Make a scramble. Fast and yummy.

    2) Invest in some food bars. Buy single ones first to see which flavor you like. I'm liking some flavors of Zone (Chocolate Caramel Cluster) and Clif Builder (Chocolate Mint) now myself. Always have some of these with you at all times Bring them to the restaurant. Set a goal of eating 3/4 of these a day for your snacks. Shakes are good in theory, but you can't keep them with you and they are not going to work as snacks in between your tables.

    3) Skip the Yoga for a bit, and replace it with resistance training at your limited time at the gym. Do yoga and stretching at home when you can. You need resistance training to build muscle. Yoga is great, but it's not going to put on muscle.

    The good thing for you is, it doesn't look like you've tried much at all yet, so you're odds of addressing your problem are really high, if you are truly motivated to make the necessary changes, and have the patience to stick with them (I'm talking for months and years here, not days or weeks). Good luck!