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  • #31
    Originally posted by angad10 View Post
    hey pm me if you want help. i can help out with your diet plan and workout routine and ill do it for free. im a certified trainer/nutritionist from the arlington county in va.
    Why not just post it in this thread so everyone else cAn see and get help?

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    • #32
      Originally posted by ELPacman View Post
      OP, how old are you? What do you do daily in terms of work or lifestyle? I only ask because this makes a big dent on the direction you might need to go.

      If you sit on your ass all day at a desk job, your not gonna burn any calories until you hit the gym and get your grind on.

      On the other end, if your a landscaper or someone who works at a job that requires all day movement, even a waiter for instance, your burning more calories throughout your day than you might realize, thus you require more food intake per day because your burning more than your consuming.

      I currently fall in the 1st example of sitting on my ass all day desk job but used to fall in the second category of moving all over the place throughout my work day. I used to have lots of difficulties keeping weight on because I was burning all day and my metabolism was pretty high in my early to mid 20s. This type of weight gain if your having issues with might require a weight gainer protein that will give you significant calories per shake.

      If you are in the sit on your ass all day and lost some of your metabolism category where I currently reside, it requires more food monitoring on what you put in and trying to avoid fatty/junk food types of food because they will stay with you until you put in a nice grind in the gym. I actually have more issues losing the weight nowadays as this scenario has taken me.

      Early 20s, 5'11, 170lbs, couldn't gain weight for the life of me but I was pretty defined in terms of muscle definition. Late 20s, 195lbs and reached up to 204lbs. Currently sitting at 195lbs and saw my lowest of 192lbs the other day. Currently working on losing the weight for summer and vacation coming up.

      Nothing is impossible, it's just discipline and trying not to cheat yourself whether your trying to gain or lose the weight.
      Just turn 25, I'm 5'10, around 140 pounds(probably less), haven't weighed myself in awhile. I'm at a job where I'm stationary for a bit but I'm mobile here and there. I don't think I'll burn much calories at this current job to be honest. My problem is getting use to the diet, getting the food down, and forcing myself to eat. I'm not really worried about the training routine right now. I'll get it down. Once the diet is down, the rest will fall into place. I've tried this before but failed miserably at the diet so I know that is really important to get down first.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by angad10 View Post
        hey pm me if you want help. i can help out with your diet plan and workout routine and ill do it for free. im a certified trainer/nutritionist from the arlington county in va.
        Thank you for your offer. I will do that.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Ringo View Post
          Here, sir.

          Back in 2006 I posted a thread a lot similar to this. I went from 5'8" and 132 to 5'8" (Haven't figured out the vertical gain, yet) and 151. I'm still "skinny," but I put on the weight, maintained 12 to 16% body fat (depending), and still have 'snap.'

          Here's the thing about gaining weight and how fast you can do it; you have to decide what priority 1 is. Getting the weight on? Gaining slow so as not to lose athleticism, flexibility, etc? Gaining 'healthy' weight? Are you willing to supplement? How important is the way you look?

          All of these questions are important because it effects how you will attack the issue of putting on pounds. I'd be happy to help however I can, but a few more details would be good. Immediately off the top, I'd say do this:

          1 - Squats. No, seriously. Squat twice per week. Don't front squat (take my word for it or ask, either way. But asking will necessitate links and descriptions and other nonsense). Stack on compound exercises like bench press and cleans (cleans are stupid-good for boxers). Also, isolate your shoulders for individual health.

          2 - If you squat, throw your 'core' work out. It's pointless. You can spend time on other things.

          3 - Weightlifting should be done 3x (up to 4 or 5, whatever you have time for) per week, no more than 45 minutes per session. Get the 5/3/1 manual by Jim Wendler.

          4 - Eat good food, and eat one metric F-load of it. A LOT of boxers (fighters and enduros in general) forget that keeping your engine running on high a lot (read: doing a lot of 'cardio') completely jacks with how much you need to eat to put on weight. This is why a lot of professionals walk around 20 pounds heavier than their weight class. It's MUCH easier to shed pounds than to gain weight*. So, you need to be eating a lot of high quality foods.

          Hope this helps. Feel free to ask anything. Remember this; specificity is the key to getting what you want, because it's the key to having a good plan.

          *This statement has not been evaluated or agreed upon by anyone fat. But skinny people will universally agree.
          Why should core work out be thrown out if you're squatting?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by mortal7 View Post
            Just turn 25, I'm 5'10, around 140 pounds(probably less), haven't weighed myself in awhile. I'm at a job where I'm stationary for a bit but I'm mobile here and there. I don't think I'll burn much calories at this current job to be honest. My problem is getting use to the diet, getting the food down, and forcing myself to eat. I'm not really worried about the training routine right now. I'll get it down. Once the diet is down, the rest will fall into place. I've tried this before but failed miserably at the diet so I know that is really important to get down first.
            You shouldn't really have to force yourself to eat. It's never fun when you have to do something that is a chore just because. Whether it's going to the gym or even eating, it should be fun if your going to stick it out.

            If your having issues putting on weight because you forget to snack or have long periods between eating, try to bring along a protein shake with you. Put the powder in the shaker and bring it, use a fountain at your job or wherever to fill it up and mix. If you need a serious boost in weight but are continuing to grind hard in gym, try a weight gainer as that will add significant calories if your burning a lot daily. Most give you 500+ per shake. Although remember to workout when you take those because they can add more excess fat quickly if you don't work hard in the gym.

            Still, your in your mid 20s and I'm assuming not married so you don't got that stress and slowed down metabolism completely. Once you hit late 20s, possibly make a mistake and marry(lol), you will see that weight skyrocket well beyond what you ever wanted, lol.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by mortal7 View Post
              Just turn 25, I'm 5'10, around 140 pounds(probably less), haven't weighed myself in awhile. I'm at a job where I'm stationary for a bit but I'm mobile here and there. I don't think I'll burn much calories at this current job to be honest. My problem is getting use to the diet, getting the food down, and forcing myself to eat. I'm not really worried about the training routine right now. I'll get it down. Once the diet is down, the rest will fall into place. I've tried this before but failed miserably at the diet so I know that is really important to get down first.
              You're having trouble getting the food down because of the quan****** or because you don't like what you are eating?

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              • #37
                Originally posted by mortal7 View Post
                Just turn 25, I'm 5'10, around 140 pounds(probably less), haven't weighed myself in awhile. I'm at a job where I'm stationary for a bit but I'm mobile here and there. I don't think I'll burn much calories at this current job to be honest. My problem is getting use to the diet, getting the food down, and forcing myself to eat. I'm not really worried about the training routine right now. I'll get it down. Once the diet is down, the rest will fall into place. I've tried this before but failed miserably at the diet so I know that is really important to get down first.
                Just eat more calorie heavy foods bro, little things. Whole milk instead of skim or semi skimmed milk with your protein shakes and breakfast.

                Snack on stuff like nuts, peanuts, seeds, bring a protein shake or two with you to work. If its bulking season for me I will cheat and drink empty calories (like energy drinks) on days I know I won't meet a surplus because I just can't get to enough food. You get lots of body builders doing weird stuff during bulking season. Jay Cutler used to drink litres and litres of coke when bulking, obviously don't do that because he would burn a ridiculous amount of calories a day just carrying that mass around but you get my drift.

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by ELPacman View Post
                  You shouldn't really have to force yourself to eat. It's never fun when you have to do something that is a chore just because. Whether it's going to the gym or even eating, it should be fun if your going to stick it out.

                  If your having issues putting on weight because you forget to snack or have long periods between eating, try to bring along a protein shake with you. Put the powder in the shaker and bring it, use a fountain at your job or wherever to fill it up and mix. If you need a serious boost in weight but are continuing to grind hard in gym, try a weight gainer as that will add significant calories if your burning a lot daily. Most give you 500+ per shake. Although remember to workout when you take those because they can add more excess fat quickly if you don't work hard in the gym.

                  Still, your in your mid 20s and I'm assuming not married so you don't got that stress and slowed down metabolism completely. Once you hit late 20s, possibly make a mistake and marry(lol), you will see that weight skyrocket well beyond what you ever wanted, lol.
                  Haha. Yeah, not married yet and not anytime soon. Thanks for the input. I'll take all of it into consideration.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Facade View Post
                    You're having trouble getting the food down because of the quan****** or because you don't like what you are eating?
                    In general it's the quantity. I don't finish the whole meal as I get full easy. When I tried my diet it was both quantity and what I was eating. It was a cheap diet designed to gain muscle but I was eating the same thing every day and it was hard to get all of it down to begin with. My new diet will have variety because I don't want to make that same mistake again.

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Ryn0 View Post
                      Just eat more calorie heavy foods bro, little things. Whole milk instead of skim or semi skimmed milk with your protein shakes and breakfast.

                      Snack on stuff like nuts, peanuts, seeds, bring a protein shake or two with you to work. If its bulking season for me I will cheat and drink empty calories (like energy drinks) on days I know I won't meet a surplus because I just can't get to enough food. You get lots of body builders doing weird stuff during bulking season. Jay Cutler used to drink litres and litres of coke when bulking, obviously don't do that because he would burn a ridiculous amount of calories a day just carrying that mass around but you get my drift.
                      The mid snacking sounds like a good idea. I'll probably do that as well.

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