Wondering what I should do...
- 11-01-2008, 02:33 PM
Wondering what I should do...
I'm definitely not in a competition yet and I don't play any sports so my main goal is to bulk up, but I've been eating 5-6 meals a day, taking True Mass/Up Your Mass for about 8 weeks now. During the first four weeks I saw really good gains and since, my gains have been less noticeable. I'm assuming my body is used to bulking and after I take a break my weight will shoot up like it did
Should I eat normally and take a break from working out the next two to four weeks or something? I want to do whatever will gain me more mass in the long run
- 11-01-2008, 03:07 PM
11-01-2008, 03:49 PM
11-01-2008, 04:15 PM
how much weight have you gained?
if you were 175 for example, and now you're 185, you're still eating like a 175 pound guy trying to gain. i wouldn't add 2 more meals, though you could, i'd just work on eating more for the 6 meals you're already doing. add 4 tbsp of peanut butter to your bedtime snack - thats just shy of 400 calories. whatever you're eating, is no longer what you need. find creative ways to add more healthy calories to your diet - cook in olive oil for example.
11-01-2008, 04:23 PM
Not sure what you mean here.Eat every three hours[when i say eat i mean either solid food or a shake]
Calculate how many calories you're getting now each day,and add on another 500cals to that.Thats your new calorific intake,stick at that level untill you stop gaining,and then simply add on another 500cals to start gaining again.Make sure you meals are balanced,ie each should contain quality protein,complex carbs and healthy fats.
11-01-2008, 04:36 PM
All the above posts are spot-on. Your gains have slowed because your metabolic requirements have gone up (muscle mass requires energy to maintain), and you are probably training harder now to as you get accustomed to the weights.
If you can, I highly suggest making your own weight gainers and dropping the pre-made ones that use sugars like Maltodextrin, Dextrose, etc. For carbs, try milk, oats, bananas, etc. For healthy fats, Coconut oil, Peanut Butter, etc. Then get any type of protein you want, I prefer slow release except around workouts, but it's your call. Whey is cheap and works well.
11-02-2008, 06:11 AM
all the weight you gained is quality weight? Congrats then!
I'd add more calories around the "windows of opportunity" as I call them at least.
in order of importance IMO, post-workout, breakfast, and pre-workout. why? I personally have noticed that when I add calories to the other meals of the day, I feel bloated, even if all the food was clean. Some people said add 500 calories.. so adding 200 post-workout, 200 for breakfast, and 100 pre-workout may be a good idea.
if you need to add again you may have to add across all meals, less your window meals become way too out of proportion.
11-05-2008, 05:41 PM
11-05-2008, 05:51 PM
11-06-2008, 12:32 PM
As every1 else has already said, you have to eat more. Add more total calories in the day. As you grow, your body needs more food to keep growing. If you keep eating for a 175lb body, then you'll stay at a 175lb body.
11-06-2008, 12:34 PM
11-06-2008, 01:02 PM
ya man 500 cals is nothing just eat a lil here and there and itll work you'll see, but as far as training dont stop training cuz you cant eat any more dude. still keep lifting and just eat and rest and you'll get there