Ok, so I’m a hardgainer. Ectomorph, is that the word?
I’ve lifted on and off since my late teens (I’m now in my early 30s). I guess I never kept it consistent for more than a year or so at a time, falling back to maybe twice a week. But even when I kept going hard, I couldn’t gain any REAL muscle/weight. I looked “ok”, but not even close to even some of the smaller guys that train seriously.
I think my biggest problem is the nutrition. I really struggle with eating alot. I eat around 2000 kcal I guess, 2500-2700 maybe on a really good day. Most days 2000-2300 kcal though.
- Does anyone here have any experience with being a “hardeater”, and then starting to eat alot, going from skinny to having a good size of muscles/body weight? Does the body adapt to the increased food intake? I feel really full and bloated if I eat notably more calories in a day than I’m used to. Even get some stomach pains at times.
1.2) I am concerned perhaps my digestion/absorption is not ideal, but I don’t know. Can a high dose B12 supplement be beneficial in any case? I heard it can do wonder for absorption of nutrients, but have no experience with it.
1.3) What are some good ways of eating clean food and still reach a proper calorie intake? Any “tricks” here? Healthy, high calorie foods that are convenient?
Also, ever since I got older, I notice I don’t have the “juice” that I used to when I was in my early 20s/late teens. This is normal, I know. My T-levels are almost exactly on the half-way point between the low and high end of the normal range. Got morning wood pretty frequently and a more than decent libido. Yet I feel I should be feeling more “juiced up” than I do, since I’m only in my early 30s. I want to become more of a hunter again in my mindset, more determined etc. But I’ve come to the conclusion I don’t want to do the T thing.
Any supplements or particular foods/eating habits I should adapt to maximize my natural testosterone levels? I currently take high quality fish oil and vitamin D3 (5000 iu)/day.
Has anyone here gone from being a scrawny male to a stocky juicebag without using the roidz? I would love to hear your experiences.
My problem is, I love long cardio workouts, but I guess I really need to stop doing those if I want to grow. Currently 177 cm, 68 kg. (5’ 10", 150 lbs)