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    Female here, now looking to gain some weight (well muscle weight)!

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    So I have been primal since february, and lost 20 lbs. I feel & look great, but I do not want to lose any more weight, just maintain and possibly gain a bit more muscle. (I will not look good any thinner) I already work out about 4/5 days per week, martial arts kickboixng, and push ups/planks etc. Suggestions? I have upped the carbs a bit in terms of quinoa/sweet potatoes... I have a lot of equipment home as well..(Pull up bar, total gym, kettlebell etc). Open to suggestions!

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    A good barbell program will work wonders. I'm doing Starting Strength, and it's amazing - strength gains every single workout. Extremely empowering to feel like you can move heavy things! You'll need to eat more though, or you'll lose weight. I was just eating maintenance calories, and I lost 5 pounds pretty quickly. Now I'm trying to get used to packing away the food. I totally pigged out last week, and my squat and deadlift both jumped 20 pounds! W00T!

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    Hard to say without a full set of bikini pics!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miscellangela View Post
    A good barbell program will work wonders. I'm doing Starting Strength, and it's amazing - strength gains every single workout. Extremely empowering to feel like you can move heavy things! You'll need to eat more though, or you'll lose weight. I was just eating maintenance calories, and I lost 5 pounds pretty quickly. Now I'm trying to get used to packing away the food. I totally pigged out last week, and my squat and deadlift both jumped 20 pounds! W00T!
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    Congrats on the weight loss. Miscellangela is right you need to eat more, especially protein. Drinking some egg white protein after lifting will help you put on muscle. I actually wrote a good article about tips on gaining muscle a few weeks ago, you might want to check it out. Since writing that article I also learned that you can increase your HGH level by getting lots of sleep (8 or more hours) which helps put on muscle.

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    More carbs, especially post workout! A few hundred grams, even. (keep fat low during these meals, however, to avoid gain of adipose tissue.)

    Heavy strength training! Try Starting Strength or Strong Lifts.
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    Thanks everyone....Carbs...As in? Sweet potatoes, squash, what else? I need ideas....

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    white rice, white potatoes and plantains are some of my faves.

    Seems like you have some good equipment at home as well. Try some kettlebell/bodyweight circuits which include pullups/chinups and you'll be well on your way. Check out myomytv.com for some great workouts.

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    Though, looking at her example menu I'd prefer to see some natural protein sources in place of the shakes, but whatever you need to do. Good luck and enjoy your journey :-)
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    If you want to get stronger, faster. You can cut out some of the 4 days of training. Your burning a lot of extra calories which is great for slimming down, but your gonna make it harder to build muscles. With muscles comes a bit of fat at the best of times. So focus on putting on muscle now, then when you are satisfied you can lean out some more.
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