I am a hardgainer. I've been skinny all my life, and found it difficult to develop muscle mass. About 2 years ago, I started lifting seriously, to gain mass, but it was compounded by the fact that I've been kind of skinny-fat for the last 10 years. Not a good way to be. So now I'm losing fat on Paleo and working on gaining it back in lean muscle mass. I've always been told that it's good to be a hardgainer, because it's easier for us to see our 6-packs. Well...I never have, but I'm workin' on it now!
I'm 5'6", and started at a flabby 142. I'm down to 130.5 now, and when I hit 130, I want to concentrate on gaining back about 10-15 pounds of good, lean muscle mass. I've started a stronglifts 5x5 protocol, and want to continue to burn fat, and gain muscle at the same time. So far my results on Paleo have outshined anything I've ever done before. I finally have a chest! Shame it took me til I was 29 to get it.
So far I've just been eating good, clean paleo food (grass-fed, pastured, cultured, organic, etc..) but I'm considering adding whey shakes (before I was using that horrible vitamin shop brand, Bodytech, full of crap, and I think it just made me fat) and possibly creatine. I know of Leangains, but I've never tried it, and I know it's been covered before. I know whey and creatine have been covered before, but never in this context. This question is for hardgainers (you know who you are) and their friends, families or doctors.
The original question:
- What does your diet for gains look like? Do you use whey or creatine? What kind of lift protocol are you using? Are you following leangains? What do you think about sprints, sprint intervals, etc? Have you seen dramatic results since going Paleo? Hardgainers unite!!
There is a debate going on in this thread:
Are we hardgainers simply because we have a very fast metabolic rate/we are "hyper-catabolic?" Or is there a different root cause, i.e. broken digestion or malabsorption? I would love to have everyone chime in!
Personally, if it's malabsorption, I'm wondering if it's a) been this way my entire life and b) if there's something I can do to fix it, and if the results would be immediately visible? I suspect however, that the cause of my being a hardgainer is simply not enough calories. I need more beef (which translates directly into "I need more money.").