please help. stuck at 173
- 08-10-2010, 10:25 PM
please help. stuck at 173
hey guys, this sounds like the other dudes thread but i need help for my body type. i am currently on a break because i havent been seeing strength gains in a while but i still get sore. honestly, i havent taken a break off in probably a year or so. i know, im just addicted to the gym. im 5ft 9, 173 and 7% BF. ive been off from training for about a week and a half. i plan on starting up monday, august 16th. i constantly rotate between 3 main workout programs i have kinda designed that work well for me. this is my problem, the week that i have been off, i have lost about 4 pounds, but i am eating the same as when i train. i dont know whats going on. ive kinda decided to do squats every other training day to see if my gains get better. any help would be awesome!
ok very random, but my rep power is now down to 18...i dunno if it is a glitch or what. i was over 2k....thats very weird. and i never get negged. i would give reps to ppl who help me...but kinda pointless now hahah
- 08-10-2010, 10:55 PM
08-11-2010, 10:05 PM
hahaha i know. i already do. i eat as much as i can. doing clinicals and stuff i cant eat 24.7 i try to eat every 3 hours. i know, eat eat eat. thats the one thing im working on. do u think 2 weeks off from the gym is good or too much? not enough? i dont have personal experience in taking breaks
08-12-2010, 10:50 AM
Serious Nutrition Solutions Representative
08-12-2010, 09:34 PM
Breakfast: Weight Gainer as soon as i wake up
30 min later: 6 egg whites and a P&J sandwich
snack: a bowl of oatmeal or a big collosal protein bar with milk
Lunch: anything like tuna casserol, chicken with brown rice and broccoli, spaghetti, lasagna, stuff like that.
Snack: P&J with milk and a bowl of fruit
Pre workout: bowl of fruit and a glass of OJ with 2.5 grams of creatine mono
Post workout: 2.5 g of creatine and weight gainer shake
Dinner: similar to lunch
Night: P&J with milk and almonds or something like that
08-12-2010, 09:37 PM
08-12-2010, 10:20 PM
Try a month of JUST heavy squats, deads and benching. Those 3 are very key movements that add weight and strength. Sometimes your body needs to get back to basics to start new growth. It gets stagnant. You can eat gourmet food(finishing movements, 3 or 4 kinds of curls, etc) but sometimes you just want a cheese burger, meat and potato, etc(heavy compound movements).
08-13-2010, 10:54 AM
u allways been lean ? 173 pounds at 7 % bf thats pretty dam lean bro. If your tryn 2 bulk pick your calories up 4000+ a day
how tall are u ?
whats your workout look like ?
08-13-2010, 02:18 PM
If you're 7% BF and are losing lean mass then your cortisol levels may be spiking up. Consider the possibility that you're overtraining. Take a month and train less, eat more and don't skimp on sleep. Maybe even consider a cortisol control agent (Endo-Amp) since you're pushing you're body so hard.
08-13-2010, 02:27 PM
08-14-2010, 01:06 AM
my weight gainer shakes are the shizz but thats for your input. im 5ft 8. i do have cheat meals, like i said, about 4 of em a week, maybe more. but i dont wanna gain alot of fat. sure im bulking, but not a dirty bulk. ive always been very lean. takes alot for me to gain any weight, even fat. i never do cardio. just watch my diet. if i get over 10% BF i will jump rope and it goes down. lean is easy for me. bulking isnt. my training isnt the issue. i think i just have a super fast metabolism maybe and i need to eat more food. i rotate between 3 routines i have.
number 1 - 5x5
number 2 - mon - chest tues - back wed - off thurs - arms friday - legs Sat and Sun off
number 3 - mon - chest and back tues - legs - wed - off thurs chest and back fri - legs sat - arms sun - off
this is my basic three way split rotation. i hate upper body/lower body splits. it works for some, for me no lol and HST i have tried and i hated it. i am actually thinking about doing squats every other workout and see if i can gain mass. i just dont have all day to eat like some ppl do...not sayin u guys do, i just have friends who do...so i cant sit at home all day and eat. i do clinicals for school at the hospital and i eat as much as i can. i say i gotta take a crap but i go eat my sandwiches i made lol
so advice so far is, if im correct: eat more, do heavy compound lifts, and eat more and more and more.
i guess ima throw in an extra weight gainer shake in there. any other advice?
for those who are curious, my shakes consist of the following: milk, lots of ice, banana, other fruit, oatmeal oats, 2 scoops of whey, ice cream, evoo, honey, and flax seed.
08-14-2010, 01:07 AM
as far as the chicken breast, i eat about 2 or 3 of them depending on how much i wanna cook lol
and my pre workout meal, i keep it light because i dont want my blood to be absorbing that while i workout. i want it focused on my muscles, not digestion so i eat fruit but if protein works for you i will try it
08-14-2010, 10:40 AM
Fats before bed helped me. I would eat some straight peanut butter before I went to sleep last time I was trying to bulk. Helped me pack some pounds on.
08-14-2010, 10:49 AM
08-14-2010, 11:41 AM
no, i do not mean purchased weight gainers. i used to like 2 years ago, but now i make my own weight gainers
08-14-2010, 11:42 AM
08-14-2010, 12:11 PM
176 was my sticking point for a long time. I used to eat until i didn't feel hungry. To get past it I upped my protein to 2 1/2 times my body weight and at each meal i ate as fast as I could and stuffed myself until I couldn't move. I have a hard time keeping weight on. If I don't follow my diet I drop pounds fast. Recently I took a month off and focused on other things- I lost 12 pounds. Here are some things that help me. I put milk in gatorade containers and take them to work. 40 grams of protein. They're great if I can't get a meal and they're good to wash down peanut butter. I also keep a couple cans of tuna and a can opener with me as well as a gallon water container. Don't forget your water. Since its easy for me to lose weight, I add some little cheat snacks all the time and take every opportunity to enjoy food. I stay around 250 most of the time but if I'm not watching my food intake I can easily drop down to 220.
08-14-2010, 02:16 PM
thanks so much!! thats the exact problem i have. if i dont eat or train, i lose weight. im lucky these past 2 weeks ive only lost 1 pound. i hate being a natural lifter also. i have resources to get juice i just choose not to but sometimes i wish i was on a cycle. ive always been small, as in a small frame. some ppl can put on the weight easily. lucky me i cant lol im gonna also try to eat more carbs as well as up my protein intake
08-14-2010, 05:39 PM
Ressolve gave a lot of good points here, I'd sick with that for a while. Diet is everything in this sport. Try those for a few weeks and report back.
Serious Nutrition Solutions Representative
08-14-2010, 11:53 PM
08-15-2010, 02:07 AM
Man that diet is WEAK SAUCE!!! haha sorry, but that is exactly why you are losing weight while working out. Eat a MEAL every six hours. I'm talking like .7-1.0 lb chicken with 2 cups riced (pre-cooked) and maybe a few boiled eggs and a protein shake. Also, when I bulk I drink milk with every meal I eat. I firmly believe it really helps me put on weight. I mean, what's the first thing any human consumes when they need to start growing?? MILK.
And don't worry about necessarily what you are eating if you're really desperate to gain. A lot of people will throw fractions of fats/carbs/proteins you need to be eating and GI of different carb rich meals. Eff that, just eat everything you can. I just ate a hamburger pattie, french fries, and ice cream after finishing my dinner of what I listed above. Yea, it is unhealthy for a larda$$ that sits at home all day and doesn't bust a$$ at the gym, but for me it gets me bigger...
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08-15-2010, 10:57 PM
that diet i posted is just my general diet. sure i have cheat meals. and if im at a friends house and we have pizza ill have that. i drink alot of milk also. ive gotten to 177 on this diet before, i dunno why i lost a few during my off week
08-15-2010, 10:58 PM
08-17-2010, 10:50 AM
dude i put half and half in my shakes and it tasted straight up nasty lol i guess ill do half of that and half whole milk or something. or just get used to the taste
08-18-2010, 08:33 PM
Easy bulk tips - drink milk. Every time you take in any sort of meal add 16 oz of milk. Add in a scoop or two or protein powder if you want.
Up your fats. Wayyy up. Add 6 hard boiled eggs to each meal. Add a handful of walnuts to each as well.
When in doubt, add in a steak.
08-18-2010, 10:43 PM
7% is really lean. I'm not saying your not 7% but I feel I was close to 12-14 in my avitar. Really that is not a bf I think I would be able to stay at If I was serious about putting on mass. But everyones different.
08-19-2010, 08:30 AM
Make more shakes. It is really hard to eat solid food when you don't have an appetite.
Add peanut butter, milk, protein powder, ice cream, olive oil, oats or whatever. This will get around 200 calaries in no time.
08-21-2010, 12:12 PM
08-21-2010, 12:14 PM
08-21-2010, 01:42 PM
you need too eat big and lift heavy squats deadlifts and bench and your body will grow trust me I went from 6'6 150 pounds 25yrs. ago to my current weight of 340 pounds by just eating and lifting huge amounts of weights.
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