[quote]Professor X wrote:
I agree with the above as far as “conditioning your body to accept more food”.
Look, I was scrawny little kid. I was scrawny enough that I was identified by other kids based on how scrawny I was. There is no way in hell someone that frail could eat over a pound of beef in one sitting like I can now…without TRAINING MYSELF to do it.
People don’t get huge on tuna. They get lean on tuna. They get huge on plate shattering amounts of real food and earth shattering weights.
Hell, basically just think about breaking shit and you should be set…toilet seats, the lining of your coat…etc.[/quote]
X, this got me thinking…was weight gain a linear process for you?
The general thought is calories in v. calories out. But then I think of the way strength often works, where someone just experiences a rapid period of sustained gains after oftentimes a period of slow gains or even stagnation. Can weight gain be the same way? It’s always been linear for me, but I’m still in the ~200lb range.[/quote]
In college, I started keeping track of my weight when I hit 170lbs (because I thought I was “built”). It took me one year to get to 190-200lbs but then I stagnated. I had also gained a little more fat than desired (because my overall diet was pure crap…literally). I hovered around 200-220 with obvious changes in body comp until I graduated college. That was not all intentional as I had many other goals other than weight lifting…and I had to drop weight a couple of times in efforts to try to get a record deal back then or several other things I was into.
I didn’t really gain more than that until out of college when I had more control over what I was eating (no more cafeteria food). I got up to about 275lbs by the time I was recruited in the Air Force…and then had to drop a ton of weight to get in which took me over a year to actually gain back because of the stress.
The military also kept me from being able to just gain due to deployments and PT tests.
I was never able to just gain in a linear fashion. I would gain weight, judge whether I could deal with any more fat on me…if not, then I would lean up a little.
What was “acceptable” body fat for me through much of that then is no longer where I want to be.
I like the way my body is shaping up so there will be less drastic changes in body weight in the future even though I am still working on gaining some.
Things I would change: No one told me what to do or how to do it. There were no internet forums discussing this shit until after I was in college and definitely none on the level of this website. I would have got a better understanding of proteins, fats and carbs and would have ate more beef and less chicken wings…or gone ahead and got more scoops of eggs and THEN ate the giant waffle…instead of getting full on the waffle.
Either way, the main thing I learned is that your body will grow until it feels growing more is a threat. Unless even more food is coming in, it will fight against more anabolic growth because it is not cost efficient. Muscle eats a shit load of calories.
There is no need to become a whale, but if your goal is “huge”, you had just better accept trying to get there from “skinny” probably ain’t happening with you staying under 10% body fat the whole way.