CTguy, Here is my diet plan: (6 meals per day. Total 2200 calories) Meal A: Whey Protein bar 140 calories 1.5 table spoon of Udo's oil 198 calories Meal B: 1 pack of MRP (Meal Replacement Product) 280 calories Meal C: 4 oz chicken breast 140 calories 1 cup brown rice 218 calories Meal D: 3 eggs (any style) 255 cal 3 slices wheat bread 183 cal Meal E: 4 oz Chicken breast 140 cal 1 cup of spinish 40 cal Meal D 0.5 scoop of when protein 50 cal 1.5 of Udo oil 198 cal TOTAL about 2200 calories. Here is the supplement I use: Myoplex chocolate flavor (Meal Replacement Product) Protein bar When protein powder Vitamin C Calcium Multi-Vitamin without iron Creatine Monohydrate Glutamine Udo's oil If I said you need to take 2000 calories per day to gain weight, then you eat 4 bags of potato chips each day, do u think you would gain muscle? You said you eat pretzels, peanuts, crackers, granola bar, etc. So that I think the majority of your weight would be fat. Why? Because those junk foods contain empty, totally nutritionless calories. These food do not provide you with the correct nutrient breakdown essential for gaining muscle. Also, you eat yogurt and drink V8. They are all fructose. If you want, I can explain how fructose converts to fat. Again, to gain muscle, what you need is PROTEIN. You should eat protein at every meal. I think you want to have six pack, right? Let me tell you the truth. It does not matter how many rep you can do. The only thing that matter is how hard you can contract your adominal muscles. When doing crunches, u should concentrate on crunching together rather than moving your body upwards. This will maximize muscle tension. You MUST focus on contracting your muscles as tight as you can. This will cause them to fatigue faster. If it takes you 100+ crunches before your abs begin to burn, then YOU ARE WASTING YOUR TIME. Your abs should be brusting at no more than 15-20 reps. If they aren't, then you need to add weight to your exercise and work on contracting the muscles tightly for each rep. When doing ab exercise, more doesn't mean better. If you want to burn fat, treadmill or aerobic are useless. You should focus on your diet.