Cannot gain any weight?
Topic: Cannot gain any weight?
January 18, 2020 / By Sherri Question:
I am 18 years old, am 6 feet tall and weigh 65 kilograms. To try and put on weight, I have almost doubled my calorie intake for the last year, started heavy resistance training and have started taking dietary supplements such as mass gainer. However, I have not put on a single kilo? How is this possible? What am I doing wrong and is there a problem here? It has been over a full year since I've started doing this. I feel extremely underweight and am constantly receiving comments, even to the point of being asked if I am anorexic.
Best Answers: Cannot gain any weight?
Penney | 10 days ago
6 feet tall, 143 pounds. The classical skinny adolescent male who would like to put on some weight for improved athletic performance and aesthetics, yes?
I believe you are on the right track with the increased food intake and heavy weight training: these are the directions you must move in and it's good that you have already realized this. However, since you have not seen any results yet, I suspect your diet and training program may still be suboptimal.
Firstly, I would suggest that the mass gainer powder product is probably not necessary or even ideal. I think it would be better to eat whole foods with perhaps some whey protein and creatine supplementation. Many trainees in your situation have used GOMAD: a gallon of milk a day. Whole milk. Yes, this sounds a little ridiculous at first, but it has been used with great success to fuel growth and strength increases.
My primary recommendation (and it is a strong one) is for you to investigate Mark Rippetoe's book 'Starting Strength' (http://www.aasgaardco.com/store/store.php?crn=199&rn=312&action=show_detail ). This book outlines a very basic barbell training program incorporating the squat, bench press, overhead press, deadlift, and power clean. The majority of the book is dedicated to teaching you the proper technique for performing these movements. They are extremely important and will serve you well for the rest of your life, regardless of whether you wish to become a better athlete or just live a healthier life. The bicep curls can go in the trash can. The outlined program entails lifting 3 times a week or every other day with relatively heavy weights (sets of 5). The key is that you will attempt to increase your weight lifted as rapidly as you can. With this stimulus and enough fuel for your body, you will hopefully see better results. If you decide to use the program, bring all your commitment because the program can get tough.
I cannot stress how highly I recommend the book. At the website link is a forum with other trainees of varying experience levels who might be able to point you in the right direction. Some are relative newbies, others are extremely experienced lifters and trainers. I encourage you to take a look and ask around.
Do not get discouraged just yet. I wish you the very best of luck in your goals!
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Originally Answered: muscle gain weight gain help confused?
Gaining weight & muscle is a two step process: you have to eat more and lift weights or engage in some sort of strength training routine.
The most important rule to remember if you want to gain weight is to eat more calories than you burn. Only by doing this can your body use the excess energy to build muscle. If you eat less than you burn, there is no way to gain weight, it's as simple as that. Your first step is to figure out how many calories your body burns per day. Use this calculator http://calorieneedscalculator.com to get an estimate. Now eat more than you burn and you're on your way to gaining muscle.
Gaining weight is as simple as eat more than you burn but if you want to gain muscle, you also need to exercise. If you just ate more without lifting weights, you'd just gain fat and become unhealthy and overweight. When you lift weights (or participate in any strength training) you're actually causing some damage to your muscles.
When you rest, your body uses those extra calories to repair and rebuild the muscles. When this process is complete, the muscle is stronger and a bit bigger than it was before. You obviously won't notice a difference right away, but over time you will find yourself becoming stronger and bigger.
You need to keep your diet clean to gain the right kind of weight. Stay away from sugary and simple carb foods such as candy, foods made with white flour, soda and other junk. These foods will promote fat storage, something you don't need. Stick to foods made from whole wheat flour, oats, brown rice, lean sources of protein (chicken, some cuts of beef, fish), nuts, beans, legumes and protein shakes - yum yum. If you need more details, go to the Straight Health Forums - http://forums.straighthealth.com
if you have a high metabolism it is possible.... kinda unlikely though. doubling your cal intake doesnt necessarily mean you will gain weight. P90X WILL NOT MAKE YOU GAIN WEIGHT. it is a lean muscle program and will cut fat faster than make you gain weight. its def not what you are lookin for. by "resistance training" im assuming that you are using resistance bands. try heavy free weights. if you dont have a spotter, it will limit you a bit, but you can still do it. if you dont really know weight gaining workouts, let me know and i can give you some. firstname.lastname@example.org
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I don't know why u can't gain weight, everybody is different. It's like when a jockey tries to lose and gain weight. It's a game. My advice eat as much fast food as you can (for the calories), use METRX and Muscle Milk, maybe you should try P90X they have an amazing ab ripper routine.
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im 15 and i have that problem too and i had hypothyroidism (makes you fat) and i'm still underweight...you should talk to your doctor about the fact that maybe you have a hyper active thyroid or something (im 5'4 and weigh 92lb not good)
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Try nutritional supplements definatly, along with consumeing more dense foods!
- Ensure Plus/ Boost Plus are great nutritional weight- gain supplements and are healthy with the benefit of probiotics/ omega 3's/ 8+ essential nutrients/ a source of calcium and protein!
Consume either Ensure Plus, or Boost Plus twice per day, ontop of dailey regimes/ eatting- do not decrease.
(Chocolate flavours taste best heated in a mug in the microwave- tastes like hot chocolate, other flavours taste best chille)
Also try these dense food's!
- Whole- 3% milks
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yoghurts
- Added cheese (sliced/ grated/ shredded/ diced) - crackers, sandwhiches, salads, cassaroles, homemade meals, pastas, etc ..
- Added powdered milk to cassaroles/ oatmeals/ mashed potatoes
- Cream based soups/ sauces instead of broth/ vegetable based
- Wholewheat pasta (with pesto/ cream sauce, added cheese/ extra vegetables/ optional lean protein- turkey/ lean beef- soy meatballs, chicken, shrimp/ scallops, ground lean turkey/ beef, etc ..)
- Brown/ long grain rice
- Couscous/ quinoa
- Thick- cut wholewheat bread/ bagels/ wraps/ pitas/ english muffins/ waffles/ flatbread
- Bran muffins
- Wholegrain crackers/ flatbread crackers (with cheese, hummus, peanut butter, or canned white tuna)
- Granola/ musili
- Wholegrain/ fiber granola bars (Nature Valley)
- Oat/ hot oatmeal made with milk/ added natural crunchy peanut butter stirred in
- Yams/ potatoes (mashed/ roasted/ baked) with olive oil/ margerine, milks/ cheeses, sour creams, herbs, cinnamain/ nutmegs, etc ..)
- Added whreatgerm/ bran to cereals/ oatmeals
- Added margerine/ olive oils to cooked vegetables/ startches/ pastas/ breads
Dense fruits/ vegetables
- Dried fruits (added to yoghurts, cereals, oatmeals, salads, trail mix, etc ..)
- Canned fruits in syrups/ added custard on fruits
- Fruit juices (Odwalla juices)
- Bananas/ avacados
- Apples/ celery/ bananas with crunchy/ smooth natural peanut butter
- Steamed/ cooked vegetables with added margerine/ olive oil/ grated- melted cream cheese)
- Canned vegetables (added margerine/ olive oil)
- Regular salad dressings
- Vegetable juice
- Crunchy vegetables and hummus/ bean dip
- Black olives
Lean meats/ meat alternatives
- Salmon/ fish- seafoods
- Canned white albacore tuna (in olive oil)
- Breaded chicken/ turkey breasts- fillets, halibit/ cod/ etc..
- Lean steak/ pork tenderlions - Lean beef/ pork pot roasts
- Ham steaks
- Lean ground turkey/ beef
- Nuts/ seeds
- Natural smooth/ crunchy peanut butters (sandwhiches, oatmeals, crackers, fruits- vegetables, milkshakes, etc..)
- Quorn/ tofu/ soy
- Baked beans/ refried beans
- Chickpeas/ hummus
- Red wine/ coolers/ beers/ alcohols
- Dark chocolates
- Etc ..
Moderational foods like fast foods/ dessert like foods (icecream/ startches- donuts/ cakes/ etc ..) would'nt hurt in the weight-gain process (you minus while enjoy being able to consume these sort's of foods more frequently while you can in the weight- gain process)
Hope i'v helped, goodluck!
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Originally Answered: Lose thigh weight, gain upper body weight?
Run to lose the leg weight. But if your body is naturally shaped like that, it will probably always tend to be that way. You could try weights for your upper body, other than that I don't think there is too much you can do.