posted on Dec, 18 2006 @ 11:52 PM
Originally posted by pmexplorer
Im in my mid twenties and terribly underweight.
Ive struggled with my weight since my early teens and have always been
I havent had any notable health issues as a result but this problem has made me self-conscious and often I get depressed about it.
Basiccally i weigh about 120 lbs or 8.5 stones.
Ive been this weighy or therabouts since i was about 17 or 18. I think the heaviest ive ever been was nine.
I lead a normal life and eat the usual breakfast,lunch and dinner aswell as snacks most days, I dont excercise much however due to my work hours. and
I often skip breakfast.
My forearms are very thin which I hate and my ribcage is almost visible which is a horrible thing to deal with.
Unfortunateluy im blessed with a fast metabolism which doesnt seem to retain any of the nutrients in the food I eat, im no expert on nutrition or
anything but I know I need to eat more protein and calcium etc to improve my bodyweight.
Ive been reading up on my problem and some have suggested the best way is to start doing weights which wll increaser my body mass or something.
Im wondering have I left it too late to change my body. ideally id love to be at least two stone heavier but I just dont know where to start, the idea
of joining a gym scares me as Im not sure I'd have the nerve to show up with my frame.
Is there any particular food or supplement which could have a major effect on my weight?
Or should I get a medical examination to see if I have any real problems?
Id appreciate any serious replies.Cheers
Your what we call a hardgainer. You need to lift weights. And be sure to eat plenty of protein. Start working out about 3 times a week with each
workout working out a different part of your body. work out the major muscle groups in your body Do this for about a month. If you want and feel that
you can get up to 5 times a week working out then try it. But you have to be into it. So make your workouts fun. Burn your own CD and listen to some
of your favorite tunes. Heres another thing. Ask a friend to go to the gym with you to start working out. It will help you keep motivated haveing
someone else to lean back on when your not feeling so motivated. Plus you want someone to spot you when your lifting.
When your working out, you need to mak sure your doing the workout properly. So proper form is a big deal especially when your working on bulking up.
Reps are another big deal. As a beginner I would recommend doing 8 reps of 2-3 sets. I dont know how tall you are. Im 6'7" (223lbs) I have longer
arms then the average joe. So my strong hold isnt benching. the most ive ever benched is 260lbs. And i have long arms. So benching might not be your
strong hold if you have long arms. like me. Just dont lift as heavy weight, make sure your doing the workout properly though (proper form).
Your muscles dont actually grow while your working out. When a person works out they actually tear down there muscles. After a workout your body
starts to recover. Usually this starts the day after your workout. So dont workout the next day after working out the day before. This day should be
dedicated to letting your muscles recover. This will help your muscles recover much faster and wont hurt them by overdoing it. Be sure to do upper
body one day and lower body the next time you plan on working out. Mixing it up is always a good thing. Confuse those muscles! They grow better that
way. But you will still need to eat lots of protein in order for your muscles to grow. Protien feeds your muscles making them bigger and stronger, and
most importantly helping them to recover. So be sure to eat lots of protein. Fish, Chicken, turkey. Hard boiled eggs do wonders, just a few examples.
Or drink a raw egg a day. This is loaded with protien. And peanut butter sandwiches. One peanut butter sandwhich has as much protien as a T bone steak
does. So if your on a low budget, a peanut butter sandwich will do fine. Drink some milk with it. It makes the PB sandwich taste better and washes
down all that peanut butter best!
Carbs are also important for your body. Bread, potatos etc. those are just a few things that have lots of carbs
in them. Stay away from soda. Its not good for you. Gatorade and water or flavored water are always a good bet. STAY AWAY FROM SUPPLIMENTS. they dont
work buddy. Believe me its a waste of your money. Everybodys body is different from the others. Suppliments wont help your body get bigger being as
to they dont know your body type. Its a waste of your hard earned money. Get plenty of sleep usually 8-9 hours a night. Another thing you want to eat
usually 5-6 short meals a day. Just make sure your getting enough protein. Fast food doesnt count!!. Thats a NO NO. So dont go to McDonalds thinking
the big mac or ten piece chicken nugget meal will do anything for your muscles. because it wont!
And look, dont do this for anyone else but YOU.. Its not worth it. You wont suceed unless you truly want it for yourself. Be happy with who you are no
matter what. If you have any further questions just message me.
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