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Muscle Gain Questions

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by 5 · about 5 hours ago

I'll try to make this a quick question I am 5'6 194lbs+/- male. According to many calorie calculators I should be eating 2200-2500 Cal per day to maintain my weight. I am currently eating between 1500-1800 Cal per day which is well below. I... (more)

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Jayme 0 · October 05, 2013 at 6:39 AM

Make sure you're eating ENOUGH calories. It sounds like you're eating too far below your TDEE, which is preventing loss.

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by 88 · about 5 hours ago

Hello all- I have asked several variations of several questions before, but I think I finally can put down a basic plan of what I think I'm going to try in action, and I wanted some advice from any of the more experienced hackers- I currently am... (more)

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SUSTAINEDfitness 0 · September 01, 2013 at 9:50 PM

I would up your carbs to about 200g per day, and spread it out between 2-3 meals. As to the workout, pick something and stick with it for at least a couple months. As to legs, do either heavy lifting, or a mix of heavy lifting/plyometrics legs... (more)

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by 0 · about 5 hours ago

I'm from a bodybuilding background, so to say (I've been into bodybuilding for a solid 6 years). A friend of mine, who is a personal trainer, switched to the Paleo Diet and suggested I do the same as he had ??lost here?? (pointing at his stomach)... (more)

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Allison_14 0 · August 31, 2013 at 1:51 AM

It seems like you are doing more a Low Carb version of Paleo. Your primary carb of choice appears to be fruit. I am a powerlifter, and I found that LC destroyed my performance. I changed my diet to eating more sweet potatoes, some potatoes, rice... (more)

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by 88 · about 5 hours ago

I've asked several questions in the category of post workout, and after deciding to take the advice offered and increase my intake of carbohydrate, I am just wanting to know, is the window of opportunity for when your body processes carbohydrate... (more)

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Desmond 0 · August 05, 2013 at 11:04 PM

No one truly knows the "window of opportunity" after a workout...you might hear anything from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I personally do similar to your strategy and it works quite well: Finish workout at 6:30am, 7am shake with protein/carbs, 8am... (more)

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by 88 · about 5 hours ago

Hey, so I am doing a barbell strength program, Westside for skinny bastards 3, and I am wondering what any of the more experienced hackers would recomend nutrition-wise. My goals with this program are to increase my muscle mass, and put on some... (more)

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GruffaloUnchained 0 · August 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

Q: Joe, Can you post a sample skinny bastard diet to go along with your program? I’m a 16-year-old kid preparing for next football season. I’m 6’1", 162 lbs. It’s hard for me to eat breakfast because I still take the bus and I’m always running... (more)

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by 519 · about 5 hours ago

I go to a 5:30am to 6:30am boot camp 2-4 days a week... I fast before and have been waiting an hour or so to eat my normal daily breakfast (3 scrambled eggs in pastured organic butter and 2 pieces of bacon). On a hard day my muscles can be sore... (more)

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Pat_13 0 · May 07, 2013 at 4:02 PM

At 6 feet and 160 pounds, I think you need to readjust your goals. If I were you I would drop the boot camp to 1 or 2 days a week, and buy a copy of Jim Wendler's 5/3/1. Get on a strength based resistance training program, start eating some more... (more)

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by 35 · about 5 hours ago

I've been trying to quit for the past couple of weeks, but I've come to the realization that I kind of need it to unwind from a week's worth of work, and as far as I know, the pros (stress relief, enjoyment with friends) outweighs the cons... (more)

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Im_with_Raquel 0 · April 04, 2013 at 9:40 AM

I don't understand the moral stance of many on here, as though this was Christian-rock-against-drugs-hacks.com Smoking herbs is as paleo as fire.

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by 2022 · about 5 hours ago

This question is for my husband and it's probably going to sound pretty stupid on my part, so fair warning.... After a year of being paleo, my husband is finally on board and doing a whole 30 with me. He is looking to build muscle and is working... (more)

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Travis_Culp 0 · March 09, 2013 at 9:19 PM

Well, it would be highly unlikely for him to not be able to produce a positive nitrogen balance on a meat-based diet. Any effect of supplemental protein would be marginal at best. In reality, most bodybuilders have come to realize that it's the... (more)

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by 5 · about 5 hours ago

I started paying attention to nutrition and training about 8 months ago, and became immediately immersed. I am 6'0, 169 and 18 years old. After research I began eating low-carb and lost about 60 pounds over 5 months. I attribute most of this... (more)

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pwitty 0 · March 05, 2013 at 9:26 AM

What are your goals? Also, how the heck do you fit in that much protein into a day? Please share

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by 633 · about 5 hours ago

I'm an 18yo male 67kg 12%BF looking to put on lean muscle mass using the leangains protocol. I'm two weeks in, and lift heavy twice per week. On rest days, i fast (with bulletproof coffee) for 16 hours and eat for 8 as recommended. I usually get... (more)

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DavidHill76 0 · January 11, 2013 at 9:40 PM

Hey Rory, If you are serious about gaining muscle I would recommend reading some of Lyle Mcdonald's stuff over at bodyrecomposition.com He recommends getting to 12-15% BF or more and putting on muscle in that area. I've been using leangains... (more)

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by 50 · about 5 hours ago

How many carbs do I need a day to gain weight and muscle I'm about 135 5'9 trying to get towards 155. Ill be taking in 1.2-1.3x my bodyweight in protein, maybe some high carb low fat workout days and high fat low carb off days!? Also ill be using... (more)

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MarcPH 0 · December 31, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Carb cycling works very well, but you'll have to make sure you're eating a surplus on training days especially if you want to add weight. In your case, you probably want to be eating somewhere around 20-30% above your maintenance calories whatever... (more)

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by 3 · about 5 hours ago

Hello All, I'm very skinny so want to gain weight asap,I joined gym but it Didn't got result. So I'm wondering which food/meals should I introduce to gain some weight and how much of it?

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Emily_11 0 · November 01, 2012 at 7:06 PM

To build muscle, you need to do two things: stress the muscle, and then repair it. You stress it through weight-bearing exercise like free weights, yoga, running, vigorous dancing, hiking, racquet sports, etc. You repair it by ensuring your body... (more)

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by 1772 · about 5 hours ago

Hey. I have noticed that this is not yet a thread and there are A LOT of questions about weight (fat) loss here scattered about the archives. I figured, why not create one, epic thread where everyone shares their two-cents (n=1) on what they have... (more)

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foreveryoung 0 · September 19, 2012 at 4:29 PM

(Maybe) Do not eat (100%) paleo: THis is personal, but I find I have better results eating mostly, but not totally paleo. That means yes, 80-90% of food should be paleo-friendly, but strategic use of certain foods/supplements can be helpful for... (more)

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by 10 · about 5 hours ago

Alright here it is, my life laid out for everyone to see... haha... My entire life I was the "heavy kid" tipping the scales in high school at a solid 300 lbs. Now 24, I'm at 195 and around 16% body fat... I'm pretty competitive at CrossFit these... (more)

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miked_2 0 · August 21, 2012 at 5:12 PM

I'm pretty competitive at CrossFit these days and tend to sometimes take my training to extremes sometimes (2 - 3 workouts daily sometimes, different intensity levels of course, but I always have that "do more, be better" attitude, I think that... (more)

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by 504 · about 5 hours ago

i do military/calistencis workouts 5-6 times a week sometimes twice a day workouts with 4-6 mile runs, and 1500-2200m swims. right now im trying to improve my muscle endurance, adding on lean mass,and staying injury free. during the week i usually... (more)

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Primal_NOLA 0 · August 20, 2012 at 6:07 AM

A lot of gurus like Martin Berkhan recommend 20% above maintenance on training days and 20% below on rest days. This is almost the opposite of what my body naturally wants to do, as HIT seems to actually dampen my appetite somewhat (I guess my... (more)

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by 30 · about 5 hours ago

Hi everyone, I've been a follower of primal/paleo for a few months now and absolutely love everything about it. Now, however, I am interested in packing on some weight (predominately muscle but I understand some fat may come along with it).... (more)

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Queenie_1 0 · August 04, 2012 at 4:04 PM

I don't think cycling carbs is really as important as keeping track of your macros. Check it out: http://www.paleobulkingcutting.com/site/macros-for-paleo-bulking-and-cutting/ (more)

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by 15 · about 5 hours ago

I've been eating Paleo for 6 weeks and I love it. I've also started doing cardio in the morning about 5 times a week and weights at night about 4 times a week. I work in a warehouse so I get plenty of physical activity during the day as well. ... (more)

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Michael_1 0 · July 15, 2012 at 5:35 PM

I'll be a bit of a contrarian here. If I've understood Robb Wolf's podcasts correctly, he's a fan of focusing on one thing at a time. He tends to suggest focusing on losing weight first. Maintain your muscle mass, work out, etc, but still get... (more)

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by 50 · about 5 hours ago

I am 20 years old bout to turn 21 next week. I do not workout much-at all . my measurement are 5'8 135lbs i think 120 lean body mass i have a mesomorph type build and I'm looking to gain weight and muscle. i am new to the primal way but, i have... (more)

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Stefan_2 0 · September 20, 2012 at 5:11 PM

I took up bodybuilding in 1982 at a gym ran by a professional Mr Universe. I feel like I made loads of self-induced mistakes including going crazy trying to add weight; I did a spell on "the gallon of whole milk a day" trip which put on thirty... (more)

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by 95 · about 6 hours ago

I've adopted Paleo in hopes of gaining some muscle mass and strength at the gym. I do a crossfit workout 4-5 times a week, usually at 6:30am. In most cases I don't eat beforehand. Will that help or hinder my goal of gaining lean muscle mass?... (more)

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Bill1102inf 0 · May 08, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Lifting weights in a fasted state while your body has more epi and nor epi in your system and is not busy dealing with the food you ate, provides superior results. Think of it this way, would you rather have to run for your life or to protect... (more)

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by 2407 · about 6 hours ago

I've wanted to try intermittent fasting, but skipping breakfast has always made me feel terrible, and certainly not athletically capable. I usually eat meat and green veggies at 9am,3pm,and 9pm, about 850 calories/meal. For the last three... (more)

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Gary_1 0 · March 22, 2012 at 12:19 PM

You know how you hate those people that answer a question with another question...Apologies... Does it matter? From my point of view, good things to achieve are: . less reliance on food / thinking about food . the ABILITY to go without food for... (more)

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by 5838 · about 6 hours ago

Hey all, I am recovering from knee surgery and have been hitting the gym again (mainly upper body at the moment). I started implementing a Reverse Pyramid style program and have been more than satisfied with the results as they relate to... (more)

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JRM 0 · March 16, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Side sleepers tend to benefit from sleeping with a pillow between the knees. Muscle pain could be helped by magnesium supplementation. You might want to see a chiropactor or physical therapist to work on any sore spots you have. Not sure if... (more)

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by 606 · about 6 hours ago

It's widely recognized that size inhibits longevity. At what point does additional muscle become a strain on the body?

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Anonymous_Chump 0 · March 05, 2012 at 10:24 PM

"How much muscle is too much?" (more)

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by 1786 · about 6 hours ago

i am wondering if there is a metabolic situation in which the body will become more lean WITHOUT under-eating?

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Travis_Culp 0 · February 06, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Where exactly is the body's calorimeter that decides whether muscle repair and synthesis occurs? The activity itself is fueled by glycogen and the repair is fueled by fat. Provided that carbohydrate restriction (and subsequent cortisol elevation)... (more)

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by 1683 · about 6 hours ago

I know most people say "don't count calories" and I've posted a question on calories before, but here I go. Sorry, it's a bit long :D Any of you every find calorie restriction to NOT work?! I'm still in the process of trying to find out my... (more)

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Matt_1 0 · January 11, 2012 at 11:09 PM

Firstly, why do you want to lose weight? Unless you are carrying a lot of abdominal fat, I'd say that you are a healthy weight. You have a BMI of 25 and 20-30% fat is a healthy level for a young woman. For an active young woman doing cross-fit 5... (more)

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by 72 · about 6 hours ago

I've lost a lot of body fat, especially around my torso and my face since I changed over to a paleo lifestyle. Now, I am having great difficulty putting on weight and muscle mass. I realize that this is probably my natural body shape, but I've... (more)

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John_17 0 · December 29, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Follow a structured, progressive weight lifting routine and eat plenty of healthy, nutritious foods and you will gain muscle. When bulking up often people gain some fat aswel. A handy way of avoiding this is to "cycle" your caloric intake. This... (more)

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