I have a serious problem gaining any muscle at all.
I'm 25 years old (6.16ft tall, 175lbs) and seriously training for year and a half now 4 times a week (trained before but always few months on-off), with little results to show.
In the years I went through various diets trying to gain muscle, but it all ended up with fat on my hips and chest!
- high carb, low fat
- carb cycling
- targeted keto
.. Always counting kcals etc!
The only diet that worked was Keto... but it worked for Fat loss. Still got lady hips though.
Now last 1 month i tried to gain some muscle again (with targeted keto- 40g carbs post workout only).-... uh. and again added fat around my waist, hips got larger.. meh.
I'm seriously frustrated right now. I've became a bit of an "expert" in nutrition etc. I've been trying to lose fat since i can remember.. like 5th grade! I don't ever remember the time that i wasn't watching what i eat. Time to time when i let myself go i gain fat extremely fast.
To test it out...3 years ago me and my girlfriend stopped exercising/going to fitness and just ate whatever we want for 3 months (LOTS of junk food, etc). She gained 10 pounds of fat. On the other hand me, eating same amount as my girlfriend (i watched that i didnt eat litterally everything even then)..i gained 16 pounds of pure fat! My hips were sticking out of my tshirt lol.
Then after these 3 months, we started the p90x program for weight loss. We done it 100% accurate.. well she couldnt do some exercises so she worked out quite less. We counted kcals and everything, both ate maintenance-500 kcals or so, always had same meals etc, while she still ate additional doughnuts/fries like 3x a week - i didnt.
In these months she lost 14 pounds and got to 11% body fat. I also lost, but only 9 pounds (while watching what i eat more!) and got to 23% body fat (LOL) . So a WOMAN, who is supposed to gain more fat/lose it harder, beat me without even really trying.
My training or nutrition isn't an issue. 4 of my friends are pure proof of that. Two examples.... 2 years ago i wrote up a nutrition/training plan for a friend of mine who was very overweight. Today he has 25kg less fat (now at 8% bf) and is packin on quite some muscle. 1 n' half year ago two friends started training with me... i was a bit ahead of them as they were totally new to fitness, while i tried before.. Long story short, they'r now light years ahead of me. I can't train with them for quite some time, because they's lifting so much more that its just stupid to always deload weights for me.
Last few weeks I've been doing additional research and thinking I might have some kind of hormonal imbalance (too little testosterone, too much estrogen)
- another symptom could be that, as people said to me... i have lady like legs. Putting it all together, it really seems to me that all this years of frustration could be down to hormones.
I'm thinking I might get a doc's appointment and get my hormones checked, but wanted to ask around before.
What do you guys think?