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#74708 - 07/03/03 12:44 PM Gaining weight
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Does anyone have any sensible advice on gaining weight in a safe manner.

I am 39 years old, fairly fit, very active and almost 5ft 8 tall. I really struggle to keep my weight above 9 stone (126 pounds)

Thanks in advance
Sharon

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#74709 - 07/03/03 07:25 PM Re: Gaining weight
Mykool Offline
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Registered: 06/28/03
Posts: 86
Hi,

I went for a job interview a couple of months ago as a bouncer (doorman) and was told by the guys that even though I was already 80kg, I should try to put on a few more kilograms to 'look big', as most people have trouble beleiving I weigh this much as it is (I'm fairly lean, so I look thin-ish). The advice they all gave me was 'eat heaps of Carbs, and lift weights'. They also advised me quite, um, STRONGLY, to avoid any steroid based weight gain substances.

So I will pass this sagely advice onto you:
Eat heaps of carbs and lift weights.

Oh yeah, make sure you still do cardio work or the weight will have a tendancy to accumulate around your tummy, like it did with me.

Good luck with it, too!

Later,
Michael

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#74710 - 07/04/03 06:35 AM Re: Gaining weight
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Loc: San Francisco
I think an option is to weight train, other than the benefits of extra strength you should gain a little weight. A programme should consist of compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts etc.

To be honest I wouldn't worry too much unless you feel tired, fatigued etc. If so examine your diet, if you want to gain weight through food make sure its wholesome - what ever it is! Lots of milk and dairy will put a lot of safe weight on but I would recommend a lecithin supplement in the diet to combat potential cholestorol problems from, for example too many e.g. eggs

Other than that upping the carbs will help gain weight - but not too many, you will know you limit by how you feel after a meal, if you feel sleepy you have had too many carbs for your body to handle - if you feel hungry you probably haven't had enough.

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#74711 - 07/04/03 09:22 AM Re: Gaining weight
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Thanks for the advice.

My diet already contains lots of carbs but I think the weight training is a good idea.
I will also think about the supplement UKFF suggests.
Thanks again
Sharon

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#74712 - 07/04/03 02:37 PM Re: Gaining weight
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Registered: 03/27/03
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Loc: UK
Eating lots of chocolate worked for me... of course, I didn't actually WANT to gain any weight...

...um, on second thoughts, maybe that's not such a good idea...

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-Charlie

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#74713 - 07/04/03 03:57 PM Re: Gaining weight
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Registered: 06/21/03
Posts: 1379
Loc: Newburgh,NY,USA
Why do you want to gain weight? You sound like you are in great shape. Anyway Two kinds of weight. Fat unhealthy weight or muscle healthy weight. Bottom line lift weights, heavy, about 80% of your max. Gain muscle mass weight. I will have a great weight lifting program in July's training page of my web site. It will be ready around the middle of the month. Check it out. Ed www.lonewolfjujutsu.com

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#74714 - 07/04/03 05:22 PM Re: Gaining weight
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Ed Glasheen:
Why do you want to gain weight? [/QUOTE]

Ed, I would like to give some really good answer to do with martial arts, but truthfully, it is sheer vanity. I just think it looks nicer to have a few curves.

I will check out your website.
Sharon

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#74715 - 07/05/03 07:51 AM Re: Gaining weight
Ed Glasheen Offline
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Loc: Newburgh,NY,USA
Cool, then lift weights. Do not woory about getting too big. You wont unless you take steriods. But building lean muscles will will give you the curves you are looking for.You will see results in about 6 weeks with a good plan.But you have to lift heavier than most people suggest. Say your max weight on a exercise is 100lbs.Then lift only 60-80 % of this. Say your first set is 60 lbs and your last set is 80 lbs.Keep your reps no more than 8. Most people think that women should do 15 reps for sculpting. But this is a common mistake. Suppliment your diet with extra protien. ie MET-RX shakes And try to eat 6 small meals a day.You can find alot of information at bodybuilding world. It is a great site! I have on my links page. Besides getting stronger you will loook great. Hopfully you will like lifting.It is a great sport. Its great for your bones too. Prevents calcium loss.Ed

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#74716 - 07/06/03 10:46 AM Re: Gaining weight
Ender Offline
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Registered: 04/29/03
Posts: 2253
Loc: Burlington, Ontario, Canada
I agree with Ed.

Another excellent protein supplement is a product called "Whey" protein. It's what I use, and it is supposed to be the best on the market.

Also, eat lots of meat, there are certain amino acids present ONLY in meat, and even supplements (as far as I know) cannot provide these, so to get full ebenfits, eat lots of meat.

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#74717 - 07/06/03 05:14 PM Re: Gaining weight
UKfightfreak Offline
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Registered: 01/08/03
Posts: 2599
Loc: San Francisco
All the supplements are good but weight can be gained without the use of them. I gained 7 kilos of muscle in 6 weeks with no drugs or supplements - just normal food.

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