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    What worked well for me was the Leangains approach. Heavy compound lifts and eating tons of carbs post-workout. My fear of carbs held back weight gain for me. I tried in the past to create a surplus by downing cans of coconut milk, but I felt that I was adding more bodyfat than muscle. It's possible that my caloric surplus was just too high, but either way, the Leangains approach worked better for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmet Fitz-Hume View Post
    I want to add about 10-15 lbs but don't want to sacrifice overall health. I could suck down milkshakes and Big Macs and put on weight but that's not my goal.
    i wasn't suggesting sacrificing health or eating garbage. just eating more real foods.

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    Approx how many carbs on workout days? Were you even tracking? I'd guess I'm around 150-200g

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    Quote Originally Posted by not on the rug View Post
    i wasn't suggesting sacrificing health or eating garbage. just eating more real foods.
    I know. I didn't mean to insinuate that you did. It was just a general statement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmet Fitz-Hume View Post
    I know. I didn't mean to insinuate that you did. It was just a general statement.
    gotcha

    and i know the carb quesiton wasn't directed at me, but on my heavy lifting days, i come in around 150-200 grams of carbs. sometimes up to 250grams. some eaten at breakfast, but the majority eaten with dinner. (i usually only eat 2 main meals) and then some raw honey in my tea before bed

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    You went from lifting weights 4 times a week to 3 times a week and lost strength? Something about this story doesn't add up. At the very least it suggests you aren't eating nearly enough. How old are you?

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    Yep. Was doing chest, legs, back 2 days per week, arms shoulders 1 day. Went to a 5x5 program doing full body MWF and lost strength. I'm 35.

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    Declines in strength are a hallmark of insufficient calories and/or protein and overtraining. Cut out the running completely save for sprints 1x/week. Its not doing anything for you besides burning up needed calories. Lift less often, don't rely on soreness as a gauge of overtraining, it's unreliable. Last thought, stress is a muscle/strength killer. Do what you can about that and get lots of sleep, especially before midnight.
    Last edited by GKL; 03-13-2013 at 12:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Emmet Fitz-Hume View Post
    Yep. Was doing chest, legs, back 2 days per week, arms shoulders 1 day. Went to a 5x5 program doing full body MWF and lost strength. I'm 35.
    That actually surprises me. I feel my muscles are more fatigued when I have more volume and feel stronger when I do 3 workouts a week. I'd definitely cut out the excess cardio and stick to 1 sprint session a week. This will inhibit HGH so be careful of what you eat afterwards.

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