Hello! I’m brand new here, and I’m wondering if the program I’m considering is really right for me.
Currently, I’m 43 years old, 170 pounds and 5’11" tall.
As a kid and young adult I considered myself too skinny, even when I was working at Round Table and could consume all pizza & Coke I wanted. In my mid-20s I joined a gym, worked with free weights and several months later progressed from what I thought was too skinny to too skinny with slightly improved tone & definition in my arms & shoulders. The single women where I lived also failed to take notice.
Frustrated, I quit the gym and focused on mountian biking, which does while does nothing for the upper body is fun and a good anerobic exercise.
Fast forward about 10 years. Now I’m married, eating whatever my wife cooks, and biking infrequently. In 2003 I reached my lifetime maximum weight of about 200 pounds, most of it in my gut. I hate pictures of myself at that time, because they all show my potbelly bulging out my shirt.
In 2004, my wife did the Atkins diet, which meant that I did Adkins too, at least for dinner & weekends. My weight dropped to the 180s. That lasted until the holiday eating season, and my wieght went back to the low 190s.
About a year ago I decided I didn’t need to eat as much as I had been, and I switched from two to one bowl of cereal in the morning, and from two to one Hot Pocket for lunch. I also disciplined myself to ride my bike 2-3 times a week. (Also, I’ve been walking about a mile a day during the week as part of my commute since 2001).
My late summer I was down to 163-165 pounds. My stomach was flat again, and I had to buy new size 32 pants.
But then I felt too skinny again. I wanted more weight, but in the form of muscle, not gut fat. I printed an excercise program from of the mens magazine websites and started doing that workout three times a week.
Earlier this year, I saw a thing on TV about underweight guys that included one of the authors of “Scrawny to Brawny.” I obtained the book, and it seems to speak to me, at least to me in my 20s. I’ve started following it’s recommnedtations, but I’m not sure if it still applies to me.
When I was in my 20s I was the classic ectomorph who could eat a lot an gain no weight, but I know in my 40s my gut can grow with fat if I’m not careful. I’ve been eating more fruits & nuts as snacks, but I want to make sure that the weight goes on in the right form and not in the gut.
Any advice on how I should modify the Scawny to Brawny program?