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  1. ftr

    ftr SS.org Regular

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    So, I am somewhere at 120lbs and somewhere at 5,8-6ft. I got motivated to try to gain mass a month ago, but had to stop because the mass calorie consumption started to bring back stomach issues, which I used to have a problem with but managed to get rid of them.

    Anyway, I have been wondering If I should start lifting weights, going to the gym. And if i can gain mass without overeating all of the time. I also wonder if I would even be able to stick with it since I am not genuinely interested in the lifestyle, I would be doing it just out of insecurity.
     
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    erdiablo666 Do not go Djently

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    How old are you bro? I struggled with this in my past. I was the same size as you when I was 14-15 and my mom wouldn't stop taking me to doctors and specialists. I'm 33 now and have a hard time staying under 180. Do I drink a lot of beer? Yes. Do I lift weights? Yes. But I don't necessarily recommend that lifestyle for everyone (although I do enjoy it).

    It may be something you grow out of. Or not. I don't know. One of my best mates is 5'10 and about 155. He's comfortable with himself, and that's what's important. Why do you need to be a certain size? For someone else? I'd argue it's better to be underweight than overweight. That is, as long as we're not talking about "clinically underweight". That's a different story. Just be happy man.
     
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    As far as gaining muscle mass is concerned my understanding is you need to be in a caloric excess (i.e. taking in more calories than required to just sustain your current body weight). I wouldn't define that as overeating though. Yes some body builders do eat crazy(what most would consider crazy) amounts of food, like 10 meals plus, but they are sustaining massive amounts of muscle.

    I haven't really changed my diet since I started lifting (but it was very calorie rich to begin with in a bad way, as mentioned above I love me some beer) I have gained muscle mass and lost fat but I still weigh about the same and definitely don't look like a body builder. . . not sure where I am going with this but yeah. . .

    Anyway as said above try to be happy with who you are. If you want to get into lifting/body building great, but just make sure its for the right reasons. . .

    Also something to keep in mind just because someone has a good physique doesn't mean they don't have insecurities about the way they look.

    Sorry I'm sort of rambling but hope it helps.
     
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    TedEH Cromulent

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    I'm far from the healthiest person in the world, so maybe my advice doesn't mean much, but I don't think intentionally overeating is going to give you the kind of mass you want. Sounds more like a great way to become less healthy. Eating a lot and being lazy will make you gain weight, but not muscle. I don't know what your goals are, but sounds like more research is needed to get there.

    Activity doesn't have to mean going to the gym either. I was super lazy before, and lost a lot of weight, in part, by being more active- not by going to the gym, but by something as simple as going for a walk every day, and taking up drumming.

    I hate to say it, but making changes to your size / health / metabolism are lifestyle changes, there's no way around that, as far as I know.
     
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    I am 23. I have tried multiple times in the past, maybe I didn't try hard enough, but I eventually accepted being this way. I feel like even if I did happen to gain some weight it would be really hard to maintain. I swear I can eat all day and drink a few dark beers everyday, and still be the same weight. It's so weird to me. I've been told once I hit my 20's I would start gaining weight, but I doubted it, and I was right, haha.
     
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    myrtorp Jiggywiggy

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    It's been a few months since last time i weighed myself but I've been around 55kg for as long as i can remember. Im 25. I've had a lazy lifestyle before and my weight will not change haha. I started to go to the gym but my dicipline faultered. I probably will get back to it when winter comes.

    I've started to be more physically active and added one meal per day. Before I didnt really eat lunch at all, but I do now.

    I want to gain a bit of weight by building muscle.

    We can do this!
     
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    I have a container of mass gainer, I am saving it until I decide my meal plans and the best way to use it to my full advantage.

    My goal is not to be massive, just to bulk up some. And I hope that is possible by not binge eating all day. When I tried that it was not that fun.
     
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    If you wanna build size and you're a little guy, lift bigger weights, smaller reps, like 3 sets of 5 with as much as you can humanly lift, bump up your protein intake, but those mass gainer things are just extra carbs you don't need, eat real food.
     
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    I was told that would happen once I hit my 30s, and it was absolutly right. 6'5'' and under 160 for years, it suddenly went to about 200 within two years, with a bit of regular excercise (bodyweight stuff & cardio). I tried to gain mass before, it was hopeless. Increase the calories, decrease the calories, made no difference, as if everything that wasn't absolutly necessary went straight through anyways. Never had the self-discipline to do any kind of regular training though until very recently. I might just learn a thing or two here :D
     
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    If you just eat more, you will gain almost only fat, and if you start training to gain muscle, that's a lot of work. I used to be really small and made the choice to try and build muscle simply because I couldn't stand being so small. I never stopped struggling with my self confidence, but at least it's better now that I am a little bit bigger. Training takes a lot of time and effort, but I have do it now. Partly because I feel like .... physically if I don't train, and partly because I fear being small more than most other things. Anyway, I guess the bottom line is, insecurities can be a big motivator, perhaps the biggest one of all. If you feel bad enough about your situation, you can change it for the better, at least by a little bit.
     
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    What kind of stomach issues you have?
    Most weight/mass gainer just contain sugar so its a waste of money you could also just drink hot chocolate, maybe the sugar is the reason for your stomach issues?
    You should try eating much but good stuff and try to eat more often instead of big meals 3 times a day.
    I used to eat like 8 times a day when i bulked.

    And to start lifting isnt a bad idea if you wanna get big and not just fat ;) , you will see after some time if you have fun lifting weights no one can tell you in advance.
    I just can tell you it wont work if you dont like lifting, because its way too time consuming and also not the healthiest thing depending how far you go with it.

    Ever thought about getting into some kind of martial arts if its for insecurity reasons?
     
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    If you as a person with a furiously rapid metabolism want to gain fat (or muscle really) you have the following options (with a caloric surplus ofc)

    1. Eat massive amounts of carbohydrates. Seriouly unhealthy, metabolic damage impending including type 2 diabetes, vitamine B depletion, chronic fatigue, thyroid problems, sleep apnea, impaired immune response and increased cancer risk. And, unlike a high-fat diet, this diet ACTUALLY harms your cholesterol-levels.

    2. Eat some healthy carbohydrates (boiled potatos, organic fruit, oats, root vegetables etc) together with NUTRIENT DENSE foods like nuts, bacon, free range whole eggs, pesto, hard cheese, double cream, fatty fish etc. This will allow you to eat a high calorie diet without the problems of over-eating.

    Carbohydrates triggers the secretion of insulin from the pancreas. Insulin is one of the main fat-storing hormones. You need around 2 tablespoons of sugar a day, so everything beyond that is either being burned or stored. In other words, a few boiled potatos combined with high nutrient fatty foods will do the same job of storing energy as stuffing your face with pasta and beer, without destroying your health in the process.
    Depends on your body ofc, but the theory is the same.

    And eating a caloric surplus is easier if you learn how to use nutrient dense foods. Let's say you eat 350 grams of pork belly (or bacon) fried up in grass-fed butter with 3 pre-boiled potatos with some mushrooms, carrots and red onions. Drench it in 2 dl of organic double cream, add some hard high quality cheese on top and finish off with a couple of egg yolks. There you have a hearty, healthy dish well above 2000 calories with a complete amino acid profile(protein), essenitial fatty acids and a mountain of vitamins that barely covers a dinner-sized plate.
     
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    I don't even know what the issues are called exactly, If I had to guess then it might be gastritis. Last year I managed to heal the pain by not eating too much at a time, taking probiotics and drinking cranberry juice, then eventually the pain went away completely and I was able to to eat more and more without pain. I eventually got over-confident that It was gone and went back to eating too much junk at one time and it would slowly come back, then last month when I tried to gain weight by eating a lot, it came back almost full force. Thankfully, It is gone now. I gauged the pain so it didn't get out of control.
     
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    Yes, I am guessing I have a furiously rapid metabolism. I Wonder if I can still get all of the calories I need without eating too much at a time.
     
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    Ebony Mr Sunshine

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    Just spread it out in more meals, although I would advise against eating more than 4-6 times a day. Every time you eat something, the liver activates to process the food. The liver can be over-worked if you eat too many times a day.
     
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    enjoy it while you can. I was always tall and skinny., could eat and drink whatevever. at about 32 it got a little more real . I still do ok but I'm 25kg heavier than I was
     
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    I have been thinking, and I don't think it would be healthy for me to try to gain weight right now. I am pretty sure consuming excess calories would make my stomach problems flare up. I need to go easy on my digestive system and let whatever it is heal. Being skinny doesn't actually bother me too much. I decided to start making other self-improvements such as getting my posture as best as it could be, and get rid of my paleness by tanning a little bit. Any other recommendations for self-improvements would be appreciated.
     
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    i'm still trying to figure out how to gain muscle with a caloric surplus while treating a chronic digestive disorder. so far i've put on almost 40lbs and there have been issues every time. i'm getting close though... a little more work with my doctor and i might be onto something
     
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    Staying active can help alot! Not going to the gym only but taking walks is really good.

    It's been like 6 months since I decided to take long walks everyday if I could. Before that I would wake up at 2-3 pm everyday, feel like .... about waking up so late and spend my time alone indoors at my computer. I had great troubles falling asleep and mild depressions, not a good place!

    But I started walking long walks everyday, listening to audio books. And also do more pushups and other simple things you can do at home.
    A while ago my friend asked if I could help at his job and that would have me wake up at 5 AM, which was about the same time as I would go to sleep earlier.
    I didnt get more than a few days work but I've managed to keep getting up around 9-11 am.

    Now I fall asleep much easier. It's not a miracle cure but I've really noticed I feel better. Now this works since i dont have a job haha but Im working on that, and hopefully i will be able to be physically active then aswell :)

    I still spend too much time at the computer though which i feel in my back and wrists.
     
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    What digestive disorder?
     

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