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To gain good weight, to bulk, to add muscle, you need to: Stimulate growth by lifting heavy Provide fuel for growth by eating a lot Prioritize your goal by getting your life in order Most healthy people who do these things gain weight. Mostly muscle. 1. LIFT HEAVY Tell your body that it needs to get bigger by lifting heavy. Either buy a barbell and a ...


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If you want to gain muscle and strength, then you need to Eat Don't buy into the 'hardgainer' non-sense. Calories In > Calories Expended = Weight Gain That's the simplest way I can put it. If you eat like a skinny person, you will gain weight like a skinny person (little to none). Proper nutrition is of course next but a little out of scope for this ...


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You're right that a pound of fat and a pound of muscle both weigh a pound, but a pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. So, if you have the same volume of muscle and fat, the muscle will weigh more. If you're working out a lot, you may be toning up and getting smaller but still gaining weight - this is because you're converting fat to ...


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Make this website your best friend: http://www.t-nation.com/ Here's a little checklist I wrote for myself. BULKING: after figuring out calorie needs bump up the number 600-1,000 calories every single day more calories per bite add olive oil to everything big Ziploc bag fill w/ almonds, cashews, raisin, peanuts, M&Ms, snack throughout the day protein ...


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It might help you gain weight, but you would have to drink a lot of it. Not to mention that weight would probably be fat - not muscle. That said, why Milk and Honey? Drinking 5 bottles of Coke a day will help you gain weight as well - doesn't mean you should do it or that it's the correct or smartest thing to do. Why don't eat some food - lean beef, with ...


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Great question! As you probably expect, to get the results you're looking for, you'll need to do some work. 20 lbs is a lot of weight to gain, but it's an attainable goal! It's probably not what you want to hear, but in your first year, you shouldn't expect to put on more than 10 lbs of healthy weight. You'll need to be patient! A great way to get ...


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While on a heavy lifting program, those who are underweight and want to get bigger need to eat a large amount of food. One of the best ways to make sure that one gets enough calories each day is to drink a gallon of milk in addition to three large meals. To answer your questions individually: Is all that good for you? Milk is awesome for the body. From ...


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Your mother is in a seriously dangerous place, and this really is in the realm of nutrition and medicine more than physical fitness (as far as priorities go). Her endocrine, cardiovascular, muscular, and skeletal systems have to be off-the-charts bad. There's a good movie that came out recently called Fed Up: it lays out a lot of the more horrible aspects ...


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First of all, you're not working out the other half of your body...your legs. When you're a natural lifter (no anabolic supplements like 90% of the instagram and gym rat population), the most efficient way to grow is systematically, maybe even the only way. For those not using buckets of steroids, hypertrophy (muscle growth) is not a localized process. For ...


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Speculating on performance in sports based on physical attributes is always difficult, there are always exceptions to whatever rule you find. My answer to your questions is split into two parts: 1) check that your weight in the the normal range for a non-athlete, this is important given your history. 2) compare your height/weight with other successful female ...


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Ectomorphs automatically win when it comes to long distance running and rock climbing, as well as any other sport where being light is an advantage. Being unable to gain weight easily means strength gains are almost entirely without a matching weight gain. That's great if you want to keep your own weight low while getting stronger. Also, a lot of designers ...


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Because the english wikipedia is pested by bad references (mostly third class fitness sites that oversimplify the whole thing) I will cite from the German Wikipedia (with translation by me). Diese Idee ist heute medizinisch widerlegt. Das Konzept taucht heute fast ausschließlich im Fitness-Bereich auf, um ein dem Körpertyp angepasstes Trainingsprogramm ...


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I've heard/read here and elsewhere that I shouldn't be doing cardio if my ultimate goal is to gain weight. Some limited cardio can be good while weight training. Cardio helps with increasing O2 circulation, strengthens your heart, and increases endurance. However, what cardio doesn't do much of is put stress on your muscles to initiate growth. Running 5 ...


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I highly recommend reading an account of someone who actually did the protocol for the good, bad, and the ugly. The article you cited really talked about the emotional side of things and didn't really go into any true negative side effects from a health perspective. The key components of GOMAD are: You are lifting weights to build strength. This helps ...


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I don't know if this is practical for you, but joining a gym and hiring a personal trainer may be the most effective option. That's what I did right after I graduated college, and I found it worked out very well. I worked with a experienced trainer once a week (and lifted once a week on my own), and put on about 10lbs of muscle mass in the next year and a ...


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Soreness does not mean that you had a good workout (or vice versa), it means you had a workout you weren't used to. I've been lifting for a few years and I never feel sore, except for when I've had a long time off.


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Let's break it down. Credit:myfitnesspal & reddit This is bad for a whole host of reasons: Micronutrients? One serving of salad and veg is not enough. You need to have more variety or get a multivitamin in there. This WILL NOT address your low mineral intake though. Macronutrients? Broken down your carb/protein/fat ratio is 1/0.18/0.12 which is abysmal....


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Bottom line: You can gain weight without exercise, but if you want that weight to be muscle you have to use them. If you don't want to bodybuild I understand. The idea of lifting weights for purely aesthetic reasons doesn't really appeal to me. However, there are several activities you can do that are useful, fun, and accomplish the goal you want. ...


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In order to understand how to pick the implements, you need to know what they are doing for you. I'll rank the implements in order of difficulty--assuming you have the same total weight, they will feel progressively less difficult: Kettlebells (KB): Because each hand is loaded separately, you have to work harder to stabilize the KB. Additionally, the KB ...


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The problem you are running into is one of context. The answer to the problem depends on what's causing the progress to stall. Neither answer is inherently wrong, nor is either answer more correct. For a better answer to your question, I have to introduce the concept of periodization. At it's simplest definition, periodization is the process of ...


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Your muscles haven't gotten any bigger, they are slightly swollen (or "pumped") after your workout, because of inflammation. This is a standard response of your body to this new challenge you are throwing at it. If you keep training, at some point this effect will last only few hours after working out, if at all. Because your body would have adapted and ...


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According to the Nutrition and Bodyweight section in chapter 8, you should stay on the recommended nutrition program (admittedly a bit vague; I wish he had devoted more book space to this topic) for at least 3-4 months. The fat guys should be approaching 20% by now as well, since their diet has been about the same since the beginning; but their ...


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I'm not sure if you are an ectomorph, but whether you are eating enough or not is the question. If you are not gaining any weight the answer is no. Do you eat 6 times a day? 3 major and minor meals? Even ectomorphs do well on a high calorie diet. To gain weight you should always be on a calorie surplus diet. Do you consume enough protein? If you are a ...


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You are drinking flavored salt water. If it has no calories it can't make you fat but it can make you feel bloated. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sodium/NU00284 Mayo clinic references too much sodium can lead to water retention. So maybe in the short term it could make you retain a percent of an ounce of water in your system. Not fat but maybe ...


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I have done a lot of legwork for you here, lets take a look at the meals mentioned in myfitnesspal's calorie checker: I have assumed 2 tbsp of each dried fruit & nuts with lunch. Ignore the goals at the bottom. If I plug in your height, weight, age into IIMYM.com I get that your BMR is 1961 calories and your TDEE is 2298 calories. If you want a nice ...


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