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post #16 of 95
I don't think I wanna go beyond what I weigh now (160lbs at 5'7). I have some muscle, but I need to get of my skinny-fatness.
post #17 of 95
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I'm not a doctor, but my impression is that metabolic processes are one of the main things that causes the body to age. I don't suggest starvation (like the crazy dude who fasted for three weeks) as a means to live longer, but it just seems like a leaner body and smaller meals would help a person age more gracefully, rather than continuously eating.

This is how you age gracefully (spandex suit and all):



lefty
post #18 of 95
Depending on your daily calorie burn, you are likely a bit high intaking 4k/day. You will gain alot of fat with your muscle gain that you'll need to drop later. I'm about your size and need about 3200-3500k/day for bulking

read and follow the directions here-
http://forums.menshealth.com/eve/for...47/m/693101221
post #19 of 95
^^^ Mens health forums are the best for info.
post #20 of 95
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot everyone. There's a lot of good advice and positive responses here. I hadn't calculated proper calorie intake to be 4000; it was just a guess based on all the "hardgainer" articles I've read.

To start I'm going to commit to a proper routine with 2500 calories and then I can ramp up from there. Right now I'm weak and don't exercise much so it'll probably have a big impact over time.

Thanks again.
post #21 of 95
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Originally Posted by samssf View Post
Thanks a lot everyone. There's a lot of good advice and positive responses here. I hadn't calculated proper calorie intake to be 4000; it was just a guess based on all the "hardgainer" articles I've read.

To start I'm going to commit to a proper routine with 2500 calories and then I can ramp up from there. Right now I'm weak and don't exercise much so it'll probably have a big impact over time.

Thanks again.

A lot of "hard gainers" are really unaware of just how little they actually eat. Before jumping to any arbitrary number, it's best to figure out how much you actually eat now and then just ramp things up until you start gaining weight. Your plan sounds pretty safe in that regard.
post #22 of 95
I was about 138lbs @ 5'11 my senior year of HS. Went from that to 197lbs at my heaviest. Yes, it was worth it. I had a lot of fun, found a new hobby, and improved my diet, confidence and health tenfold.
post #23 of 95
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I was about 138lbs @ 5'11 my senior year of HS. Went from that to 197lbs at my heaviest. Yes, it was worth it. I had a lot of fun, found a new hobby, and improved my diet, confidence and health tenfold.

Wow, impressive. I bet that really transformed your appearance.
post #24 of 95
Totall worth it. Gained quite a few lbs in just a few months when I started training. You can gain substantial amount of muscles just by training consistently and you don't even have to concentrate on food that much.

Since I'm not too shy, here's one old pic of me before and after some training (only at my home gym with very limited equipment):

http://i282.photobucket.com/albums/k...ison_front.jpg
post #25 of 95
I've gained close to 25lbs in the past year from 150 to 175 at 6'1". It is very tough for me to gain so it's been a win. I still feel pretty skinny but people have noticed my gains. My goal is to get to 200lbs at a low bf but that may take a few more years. Just eat 500cals above maintenance and you will be fine. I bulk on 3500 and have been making slow but efficient gains...I'd say 3000 is a good number to aim for the average person. Its rare to see someone with good size who isnt a fatty, at least around here. I'd imagine it increases confidence tremendously.
post #26 of 95
Best thing I ever did. 6'4. Went from 175 to 245.

http://bodyspace.bodybuilding.com/st...n=progresspics
post #27 of 95
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Wow, impressive. I bet that really transformed your appearance.
Thanks.
post #28 of 95
damn, i think it's dbol/deca time for kunk
post #29 of 95
Never tried deca, but Test made me hold a lot of water as you can see in that pic. No more cycles for me though, haven't done one since shortly after that pic was taken. Will be interesting to see if I can achieve the same naturally.
post #30 of 95
Serious question: doesn't taking roids kind of defeat the purpose of wanting to be a serious lifter?
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