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  • I need help Gaining weight and Muscle mass

    I am 20 years old bout to turn 21 next week. I do not workout much-at all . my measurement are 5'8 135lbs i think 120 lean body mass i have a mesomorph type build and I'm looking to gain weight and muscle. i am new to the primal way but, i have been reading lost of post about it. I am going to be working out 3 days weights and sprint one day, tabata other day and a 45min ab workout on a day out the week throw some tai chi in there and i move around alot at my 5hour job. I would like to know how much calories i should consume (so i can keep track), how much carbs and fats i need. My protein intake is gonna be 132gr-148gr...is that good for me to gain weight and muscle. i was thinking my carb intake should be 150gr-160gr- no lower than 140gr and lastly i do not know how much fat i need to balance the rest of my macronutrients. Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas!? much appericated

    P.S. I haven't been eating primal but when i start this program i am making my switch
    I am not that active but, i plan on being ALOT more active

    EDIT: Calories 2444 rest days 952 from carbs and fats 540 from protein
    2666 work days 1063 from carbs and fats 540 from protein. I used the IF calculator
    Last edited by Brolic Prim; 06-12-2012, 03:32 PM.

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    I wouldn't worry too much about how much you eat. Just train hard and eat until you are full. You can see immense gains in muscle stength since you haven't been doing any type of resistance training. If you just HAVE to have numbers, this calculator is pretty cool: IF Calculator

    Mark did a post a couple years ago on this topic, although I think if he wrote it today, he might recommend higher carb intake:
    How to Gain Weight and Build Muscle | Mark's Daily Apple

    Also, You don't need both sprints AND tabata on a weekly basis. I'd pick one or the other. You also most definitely DO NOT need a 45 minute ab workout. Just do compound lifts with proper form on your weight training days and you will hit your abs hard enough. Pullups target your abs better than any crunch type exercise. And any compound lift will use your core to a great degree.

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    • #3
      Gotta eat & rest.. little to no cardio, sleep well, maybe nap more, relax & eat eat eat.. Can't add mass from thin air.. Has to be fueled by excess calories.. For me personally it wasn't adding "carbs" (i'm very carb sensitive with signs of leaky gut so the more "carbs" I eat, I actually seem to malnourish because the food simply runs right through me).. So I've added a lot of fat, meat, eggs, avocado, lots of olive oil.. I noticed intermittent fasting assisted with digested my calories, so I'm currently trying to gain on 2 giant meals a day that are lower carb, high fat.. Must eat as much as you can, but keep it clean & lift heavy, compound moves.. & eat..

      then Eat..

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      • #4
        the ab workout is like a muay thai ab workout is that still not good

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        • #5
          using that calculator do i have to IF...is it okay to eat 5-6 meals a day
          Last edited by Brolic Prim; 06-08-2012, 03:35 PM.

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          • #6
            Dude at 20yrs old and not exercising heavily before don't bother overthinking it. You will be a great responder as long as you just eat till your full 2-3x/day. If you get to the advanced/elite level of bodybuilding (or any sport) THEN start micromanaging this shit.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Brolic Prim View Post
              I am 20 years old bout to turn 21 next week. I do not workout much-at all . my measurement are 5'8 135lbs i think 120 lean body mass i have a mesomorph type build and I'm looking to gain weight and muscle. i am new to the primal way but, i have been reading lost of post about it. I am going to be working out 3 days weights and sprint one day, tabata other day and a 45min ab workout on a day out the week throw some tai chi in there and i move around alot at my 5hour job. I would like to know how much calories i should consume (so i can keep track), how much carbs and fats i need. My protein intake is gonna be 132gr-148gr...is that good for me to gain weight and muscle. i was thinking my carb intake should be 150gr-160gr- no lower than 140gr and lastly i do not know how much fat i need to balance the rest of my macronutrients. Does anybody have any suggestions or ideas!? much appericated

              P.S. I haven't been eating primal but when i start this program i am making my switch
              I am not that active but, i plan on being ALOT more active


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              • #8
                Starting Strength (or Strong Lifts or Squats and milk), lots of food including carbs, and lots of sleep.
                Lifting Journal

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                • #9
                  Try GOMAD. (gallon of milk a day)

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                  • #10
                    Is 5-6 meals okay or...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Brolic Prim View Post
                      Is 5-6 meals okay or...
                      “Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: The Paleo Diet In Six Easy Steps, A Motivational Guide - GNOLLS.ORG

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Brolic Prim View Post
                        Is 5-6 meals okay or...
                        It may well be needed to get in your calories- remember you're trying to force your body to do something it doesn't necessarily want to do.
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                        • #13
                          Don't sweat meal numbers, just eat as much as you want. Throw in as much milk as you can drink, even adding eggs, bananas and peanut butter to a blended drink too.

                          Squat or deadlift heavy along with a few more compound movements and it will happen.

                          The bottom line is just to train hard and keep on eating more and more food until you gain weight. But make sure to train hard with compound movements.

                          Forget the ab work, you don't need it and are just putting inroads to your recovery from weight training. I would ditch everything else apart from that.
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