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 Post subject: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: 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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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:37 pm 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:03 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 3:11 am 
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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.

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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 4:32 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:03 am 
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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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 Post subject: Re: Trying to gain weight. Pictures from October til July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 30, 2015 2:50 pm 
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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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