Hello! HardgainGrok1836 here!
I have been an avid reader of Marks Daily Apple, and the forums for approximately two months. I have been actively and effectively pursuing the primal lifestyle and have been loving the way I feel, and the amount of energy I have. But I have a problem that I would appreciate some help with, so I knew it was time to enter the community and seek your knowledge!
Before I start, as this is my first post I want to be clear, that I apologize for formatting and for any other issues that arise from this post. And I hope I Put it in the correct section!!!!
A little back story first: I am 19 years old and am 6 feet tall and weigh in at 110 pounds. I used to participate in Chronic Cardio and eat a SAD diet (Never drank soda or ate sweets though) and would run rain or shine about 6 times a week, and I would never go to the gym. I withered away from 130 pounds to 110 pounds in about 2 months.
Currently I go to the gym four times a week and follow a basic lifting program where I dead lift, squat, do rows, pull-ups, overhead shoulder press etc. these gym sessions last about 30-40 minutes and then I go for 1-2 mile walks after the gym. I walk everywhere because I love and enjoy it. I stopped running completely and now sprint occasionally on weekends when I feel like it. I have been slowly increasing my weight at the gym and making progress there, but my bodyweight has not changed at all, I am still 110 pounds! Everyone tells me I am way too skinny and that I should eat more. I agree with them but I feel as though I already eat plenty, especially after switching to a primal diet! I do not like to snack; I prefer to eat three square meals a day of real food (No Shakes). So it has been a struggle. Sometimes I psych myself out and think I eat way to much.
I am trying to get back to 125-130 pounds or more! I am seeking to gain lean muscle and get back to a healthy weight. I am tired of being that guy that struggles to complete 3 sets of bench press X 10 reps at 45 pound bar weight ☹
I love to cook, and am formally and informally trained in the art of cooking, so making various dishes etc.. is not an issue! I cook with bacon fat, Kerrygolds, olive oil, and coconut oil.
Examples of what I eat
Example 1). 3 Egg omelets with Diced Ham, Turkey, Onions, Mushrooms, Spinach
2 cups of black coffee
Example 2). 1 egg, 1 sausage, 1/3 sweet potato, 1 stalk kale, ½ onion breakfast skillet.
Example 1). Chicken Livers with steamed broccoli and ½ sautéed onion.
Example 2). 1 Homemade salmon patty with 1 cupish spinach and steamed broccoli
Example 3). Can of natural sardines in water stir fried with ½ onion, ¼ cup nuts and cauliflower rice.
Example 1). 2 Zucchini and about 5 or 6 meatballs in homemade red sauce, topped with mushrooms and olives
Example 2). Primal Orange chicken with steamed broccoli
Example 3). Marks Macadamia nut shrimp (I eat half a full recipe) served over cauliflower rice
Example 4). ½ of a 1 LB Meatza (Extremely Rarely eat that much)
1. Do I need to eat more? And how do I do so? Am I really a “Hardgainer?”
2. Am I exercising too much or too little?
3. How do I gain weight in a safe, steady manner that contributes to lean muscle and not pounds of fat!
4. Please share anything you think is valuable, and thank you for taking the time to read about my struggle.