Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

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Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#1 Postby RiskyFang » Mon Jul 06, 2015 2:59 am

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I have been trying to gain weight for the last 8 months. I eat between 3000-5000 calories per day, though I try to shoot for 4000. I am 21 years old and practice calisthenics and cycle about 30 minutes a day (to work). I eat mostly fruit, veggies, legumes and grains close to 80-10-10. The pictures are where I was and where I am now.

How can I gain weight? And what muscles are underdeveloped (aesthetics is 1/2 of my goal)? I have also gotten a little weaker, noticeably on my pushups and pullups. I can't seem to make gains strength wise or muscle, and if I eat a lot I just get a big stomach temporarily but don't gain weight.

Also I looked the same from October til February, so I didn't just start in February. It's been 8 months.

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#2 Postby tuc » Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:37 pm

In my opinion you eat too much carbs and not enough fats and proteins. Increase the amount of saturated fats such as coconut oil/milk/cream in your diet, this enhances natural testosterone production thus increasing muscle growth.

Training sounds excellent, but you need more building blocks from proteins and more hormone activity which can be enhanced by increasing saturated fat intake.
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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#3 Postby RiskyFang » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:03 am

What if I try about 60-20-20, would that be good enough? I have been adding in some fats and raw powders lately

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#4 Postby RiskyFang » Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:11 am

I've been adding fat and more proteins in, this is me as of now. The cant tell if it's any different or not.

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/130367959@N02/19513672304/

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#5 Postby tuc » Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:32 am

Looking good!

I think 60-20-20 should work well. Just be patient, and while bulking my tip is not to count calories - just eat as much as you can. If you keep eating a lot every day your stomach will adjust. Also if you do not gain weight, then you might want to switch the food type you are eating - for me it is really difficult to bulk without wheat, since wholewheat tortillas are like a drug to me and I can keep eating them for weeks in a row. Of course I fill the tortillas with beans ect. with lots of oil (avocados should work well!). Corn tortillas are a good option if you don't prefer gluten.
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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#6 Postby vegan_rossco » Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:03 am

Don't worry about the ratio of carbs protein and fats so much, just focus on eating a lot.. Don't count calories just stuff your face whilst keeping it as health as possible!
Calisthenics will help... But you'd be better off with heavy free weights in my opinion, all the best dude
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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#7 Postby RiskyFang » Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:50 pm

I'll try that, I've been stuffing my face and doing weighted pullups so I'm trying to follow progressive overload. I'll see if that helps over the next few months.

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#8 Postby RiskyFang » Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:41 pm

I have been smashing in calories as well as increasing fat and protein. I'm eating 5,000 calories a day minimum and I only count my calories to make sure I hit at least 5,000. I feel the same as before, I just get a big stomach but don't seem to gain weight much. I cannot seem to add reps as well on pullups.

This is me after 3 months of higher calorie, higher fat.

not flexed, post meal: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130367959@N02/21872015986/in/dateposted-public/
flexing: https://www.flickr.com/photos/130367959@N02/21907844331/in/dateposted-public/

advice?

I have a weighted vest and plates for adding resistance now, but I feel that switching to progressive overload may not address the cause of my plateau and lack of increasing max pullups (stuck at 12-13).

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#9 Postby RiskyFang » Sat Apr 30, 2016 8:36 pm

Been hitting the gym and eating lots of food lately. Any noticeable progress?

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/130367959@N02/26714224746/

https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/130367959@N02/26673398531/

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#10 Postby mrgrimm » Tue Aug 16, 2016 7:43 pm

Hey man some late night (healthy of course) snacking does wonders for mass. Before I go to bed I eat 2 pieces of whole grain toast absolutely covered in peanut butter, bananas and some dashes of cinnamon. I usually wash it down with a big glass of almond milk, but sometimes water.

I was 195 lb. before going vegan a year ago...dropped down to about 175 but have been eating more and working out more the last 2 months and back to around 185 now.

Hope my little snack tip helps you out!

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Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July

#11 Postby RiskyFang » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:08 am

Thanks, will try that. Been eating more fat lately so I've gained a few pounds, probably mostly water weight from salt intake. My stomach has looked better but II'll try some late night snacking with more fat to see if that helps. Possibly due to fat intake before sleep taking longer to digest and taking longer for the body to deplete glycogen/less fasting time during sleep. I'll see if that helps.


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