slow my metabolism down
Aye, is there some sort of 'miracle pill' ?
The other way around can be achieved already... It's kinda scary, but the latest weight-loss methods use pills that will increase your metabolism :x So will the opposite finally be possible too ? That would be the solution for a lot of ectomorphs out there >.<
no pills. What you need is MORE FOOD. You digest food just like everyone else...you just burn more calories sitting around that people like me.
I don't care for weight gainers...but I don't have problems gaining. And you're not peeing it out 5 mins later. Body can't digest anywhere near that fast.
eat 6-7 meals a day, 20g of protein per meal. 2.5g of carbs per pound of bodyweight, from stuff like whole oatmeal, enriched whole grain bread and pastas, baked potatoes, sweet potatoes, and brown rice. Eat lots of fruit and veggies.
Lift heavy - 3 sets of 6-8 reps max, with weight that causes you to fail the full reps on the last set.
I wouldn't do any cardio right now either. You don't need to burn more calories.
I've been very much like you, and physically, have come alot closer to the past b/c of injuries bugging for the past 1.5 years. The first and the most important thing I'd say is: being relaxed. Get your posture up, just think about trying to be as tall as possible, breath with your tummy, get your mind in order, have confidence with your life, others and yourself. Think what you should do to get the best of your life, try your best and accept what you get. Enjoy your life as much as possible! All these are the first things that have to be in order, and for many people like us, also the hardest ones.
Last edited by MIR; Aug. 31/05 at 12:43 PM.
Oh yeah, and for the same reason why I came to this site, keep a journal! That belongs to the keeping your mind in order aspect.
And as for food: one thing, if you force-feed yourself, your appetite may just worsen. if you have problems getting enough food like me, try to get your natural feeling for appetite better. That comes from getting your life in order, not letting anything to stress you.
For working out: I'm gonna go with olympic lifting b/c my gym is packed with best of them in Finland, so I know about that. So for other that I know of training, like was being already said, go heavy. Also try to gradually learn and incorporate the compound movements to your program. For learning them (like squat, deadlift, bench press) you need lots of sets with not too heavy weights, so when learning them, don't go to total failure to keep the consentration 100% on the form.
Good luck and hope you got anything helpful from my opinions!
Last edited by MIR; Aug. 31/05 at 12:52 PM.
Just start eating more. I know it sounds simple and it is. From what i've seen, and experienced, eating actual foods is way better than anything that comes in a powder. I'd say eat three HUGE meals a day loaded with protein and carbs. Be healthy, pasta, fish, potatoes, steak, chicken, tuna and tons of veggies. Try to increase the amount you eat every week. You'll find it will be hard to consume more than you already are so pace yourself and in a few months you'll be eating like a king.
As for working out, twenty minutes won't do it. What kinda weights do you have access to?
and don't try to jump into 6 meals a day all at once. protein shakes make good snacks, and don't fill you up, making it easier to eat whole food at your next meal time.
Thanks for the great advice all!! However, I usually have a very busy schedule and I try to squeeze in as many calories as I can. I usually eat very health, and make sure I get in at least one to three fruits a day.
I just need a supplement though to help me through this process. What do you guys recommend here other than powders and shakes? And what weight lifting system do you recomend (which can I buy?)
I realize that changing your personality and youe eating habits is the first step to weight gaining.
"Miracle pill" would be nice, eh?
you're looking for all the easy answers. there isn't some magic powder which will make you gain mass if you don't put in work.
you need to start lifting for 45 minutes a couple times a week. you should be more bent on getting a good workout than finding a miracle pill.
Hmm... I think that my first messages were a bit too theoretic, as I haven started to incorporate to my life most of those for only a couple of months, and yet it has done good more in the social level (mainly through accepting myself more as who I am and trusting to others), but don't know yet about fitness levels as I'm only now starting to train again.
So the only thing that I know is important is to HANDLE STRESS (and the things I've now started ot incorporate do help in this also, so they can't be totally unuseful). That was the thing that made me go from an almost skeleton to a healthy-sized guy. Starting slowly to incorporate training will make you better at not stressing, which will lead to better appetite. Also, make some effort to start liking to eat.
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