Professor X wrote:
None of what you wrote means that is your genetic set point. Your body likes to feel “comfortable” at a certain weight. That particular weight set point can often take holding a heavier weight for a significant period of time for your body to become adjusted to it. What many people (especially today) do is jump up in weight and then immediately start dieting as soon as they gain an ounce of body fat. Their bodies never stick at a higher weight for it to become “normal” for them or for their body to acheive homeostasis at a new set point. That sounds like exactly what your problem is. That may mean adding weight and working much harder and being much more consistent with MAINTAINING that heavier weight for a few months. Yo yo dieting every couple of months won’t help you. That is why so many beginners who log on talking about how they will add in cutting periods before they even gain any weight are told to gain weight for a few years before that even becomes the priority.
Very well said!
I would only add one thing: You need to start believing that you can add as much weight as possible. The body will eventually follow the mind.
i agree if that’s what he really wants. i played linebacker all the way through high school and college and i was obsessed with always being bigger. i entered college at about 210lbs, redshirted, then played the next four years between 225 and 230lbs. Then when i got done playing about two years ago i was determined to gain weight. i pretty much quit doing cardio and just lifted.
within the first six months i was up to about 275 and within a year i was about 298. i went from probably 8-9% bf to right at about 21% so the BF gain wasn’t horrible considering i gained 70lbs in a year. i gained a TON of strength which was awesome but after a few months i just didn’t feel good. i didn’t like struggling to tie my shoes and i didn’t like my shins feeling like they were going to explode everytime i tried to run so i decided to cut it back.
right now i hit between 260 and 265 at about 13%bf. i feel a lot better. i’m not as strong but i’m coming to grips with that and i feel so much better that i’m willing to sacrifice that. i sleep better, i breathe better. i would never want to go back to that weight. i guess my point to the threadstarter is just that, like he said, sometimes you just have to be satisfied. 220lbs is not a bad weight.
you’re probably still bigger than a lot of guys in your gym even at 6’4". i would say just enjoy your workouts from now on. don’t worry about trying to be bigger or losing a pound here or there. just let it be what it is. you might even get some gains from not being so stressed about it all the time. good luck man.