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Serious athletes? Trying to gain weight?


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I'm hesitant to post here but so far this site has been almost exactly what I'm looking for and I'm hoping to find some other people here in my position.

I'm 6'5'', 19, and a Division-I baseball player for a southern college. I'm in extremely good shape but my weight has held me back for the past few years. I've hovered around 180 lbs. since 2005, and with the lifting and conditioning program in college, there's no chance of putting on fat. I just can't seem to keep myself motivated to eat enough to gain weight. If I could get myself to eat enough every day, I know I would put on muscle weight instantly. I want to hit 220 by the middle of the summer, ideally. I'm relatively comfortable with my body, so my primary motivation is to help my pitching career. (Injury prevention, velocity increase, better scout profile, etc.)

Anyone else here using this site to keep them on track to gain weight? Serious weight like me? Any other college athletes? Any success stories so far? Any secret healthy calorie-motherload meals/shakes? Lemme know. Go Phillies.

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I am also using the site to gain weight, but I am in a bit of a different situation. I have hyperthyroidism so sometimes it doesn't seem to matter how much I eat. I have read that smoothies made with fresh fruit and soy milk among the top ingredients have a high success rate of causing weight gain when used in combination with resistance training. As far as your body fat goes, I have heard that having less than 5% body fat is extremely unhealthy and may cause its own set of adverse reactions. I know I need to get mine up as well. 
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I'm gaining at the moment.

Given the fact that you're an athlete, you pretty much just have to eat and eat. If that doesn't work, you can buy hardgainer shakes at GNC that have like 2500 calories a scoop.

Post a sample day's menu. 

Here's a random average day's menu: 

Breakfast: 1 cup orange juice w/ multivitamin; large chocolate milk (3-4 cups); 1 bowl Wheaties; bagel w/ cream cheese; banana or yogurt

Small snack: something random (Hot Pocket/pb&j/cookies/etc.)

Lunch: Bowl of soup; cheeseburger; large chocolate milk; salad w/ bleu cheese dressing; orange

Big snack: Nutrigrain bar; hot dog; large juice; EAS Myoplex protein shake (this is right before practice)

Dinner: 3/4 lb. of steak; bowl of spaghetti; salad w/ ranch dressing; a couple beers, 5-10 cookies.

 I'm averaging 5,000-6,000 calories per day. According to the burn meter thing, I'm burning around 4,000 per day. All milk I drink is whole, everything meat I grill at my apartment, and nothing is fat free or anything like that lol...

2500 calorie per scoop?? I need to get my hands on that

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I'm not going to discourage you from eating dirty, because it looks like you need to for the time being. But there are still changes you could make. 

For lunch, I would eat like a 1/2 cup (dry measure) of brown rice. Same thing at dinner. Don't eat salad twice a day - all it will do is fill you up without giving you enough calories (even with ranch dressing). Eat a different veggie instead of salad.

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Two things:

1. Clean up your diet.

2. Eat massive quantities of calorie dense healthy foods at frequent intervals. Peanut butter sandwiches are loaded in cals. So is anything with mayo. If you still can't get enough cals, start chugging weight gaining shakes or skim milk all day long. Both are perfect for gaining weight.

If you start eating more but don't clean up your diet you will gain fat. All the saturated fats and junk carbs will seriously mess with your blood chemistry.

I highly doubt you are eating 5000-6000 calories a day. Maybe 4000. Don't set a specific calorie amount, just eat more than you usually do.

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Look at all the crap he is drinking. He's easily pushing 5,000 calories.

first of all, according to this website, i definitely am eating 5-6k cal per day.

secondly, i've been trying to eat more than im comfortable with, on and off again for like 5 years and i gain like a pound a year.. so i definitely need a more rigorous plan for forcing myself to eat enough to gain this weight.

i want/need to put on 40 lbs. as soon as possible. it wont be fat, but my friend still told me that it can be unhealthy to try to gain weight too fast. is this true?

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Ideally you wouldn't gain more than a pound or two a week.

I can't really help you out too much; I'm using this site mostly to watch the percentages or what I eat (training for a half-marathon right now, etc).  All I really have to say is to trust these guys and try their advice....  But I just had to comment because I sort of have a running joke going that pretty much the goal of my entire college career (I'm a sophomore, physics major..) is to date a baseball player here at school.  I'm also not trying to be creepy or anything, I just love baseball and the players, and I thought it was a funny coincidence that you are, in fact, a baseball player.

 

....and thus ends my semi-creepy reply.

(On a side note, I've gained weight on this site -- getting over an eating disorder -- and by setting my "goal weight" to higher than my current weight, it doesn't give me the thumbs down.  The thumbs down is very depressing and discouraging!)

hey, im 17 and also an athlete who's trying to gain. i actually have that GNC powder dm84 is talking about. it's called GNC pro-performance weight gainer 2200 gold. one serving is 3 scoops, and when mixed with milk one serving has about...

2200 cals *hence the name lol*

400 carbs

90-100ish grams of sugar

50g of protein 

and a s%$t load of vitamins, minerals. and only like 2.5? or something grams of fat. i havn't been on it long enough to tell you if it worked for me or not. but my dad used it to help him gain weight after he had surgery a few years ago and he said it worked great for him.

 

hope this helped =)

and btw, that's awesome that you play baseball for your college. i play a lot of sports, with soccer being my main one, but i played softball since i was 7 until my junior year of high school. i eventually quit since it's basically a messed up version of baseball dumbed down for girls...cause you know, since we still can't see the ball even though its like 5 times as big, they made in neon yellow for us ;)

Original Post by jessikkaa_x3:

hey, im 17 and also an athlete who's trying to gain. i actually have that GNC powder dm84 is talking about. it's called GNC pro-performance weight gainer 2200 gold. one serving is 3 scoops, and when mixed with milk one serving has about...

2200 cals *hence the name lol*

400 carbs

90-100ish grams of sugar

50g of protein 

and a s%$t load of vitamins, minerals. and only like 2.5? or something grams of fat. i havn't been on it long enough to tell you if it worked for me or not. but my dad used it to help him gain weight after he had surgery a few years ago and he said it worked great for him.

 

hope this helped =)

and btw, that's awesome that you play baseball for your college. i play a lot of sports, with soccer being my main one, but i played softball since i was 7 until my junior year of high school. i eventually quit since it's basically a messed up version of baseball dumbed down for girls...cause you know, since we still can't see the ball even though its like 5 times as big, they made in neon yellow for us ;)

Thats sick I'm gonna try to get that shake. We have this ridiculous list of substances banned by the NCAA so i'll have to check it w/ the trainers (bc that shake sounds pretty intense lol) but it sounds really helpful thank you! Do you take it right after working out? or just whenever

You gonna play soccer in college?? I love soccer girls

Original Post by rmgarcia:

 I just love baseball and the players

haha its always good to get some love. i fully support your goal btw

Original Post by hillpitcher2006:

Thats sick I'm gonna try to get that shake. We have this ridiculous list of substances banned by the NCAA so i'll have to check it w/ the trainers (bc that shake sounds pretty intense lol) but it sounds really helpful thank you! Do you take it right after working out? or just whenever

You gonna play soccer in college?? I love soccer girls

I usually just take it after i run, and it's great because it really re-hydrates you when you mix it with water. but ive also taken it randomly during the day lol. GNC has it on their website i think if you want all the nutrition info. i remember reading it when i first got it and there being a lot of like metal, copper, iron sounding things in it. adds flavor i guess?;)

and yeah, ive been playing soccer since i was two. i'm definitely playing in college lol

 

=)

yea i feel like im in the only person in the world like this.. but i need to eat a lot before i run or lift. if i don't, my stomach hurts and all i can think ab while im running/lifting is how hungry i am.. weird. i never throw up or anything no matter how much i eat right before exercise. but i'd take a shake like that afterwards for the whole reload purpose.

and the banned substances are all these random really long complicated names that apparently would turn me into josh beckett if i accidentally had like 2 mg in a protein shake....

and good luck with soccer!

hahaha. yeah i dont think it has anything like that in it. but hey, you're a red sox fan too? =) or just a beckett fan? lol either way, i guess that makes you cool in my book. i live in new hampshire so i grew up watching the sox, and not gonna lie, beckett's the man.

 

thanks, and good luck with baseball and everything!

Well I think I found the right thread.  I'm trying to gain for college hockey, but I'm unfamiliar with gaining weight, and of course every site/store/product out there is geared toward obese Americans, so it's kind of hard to figure out what exactly I should be doing.  I'm hitting the gym four times a week, but doing very little cardio, but diet-wise I'm not exactly sure what to do.  I've been told to just eat as much as possible, but I've also heard that gaining too fast will result in fat...any advice?

I'm using the site to gain weight as well, but I'm not an athlete. I've been the same weight since I was 16. And it seems like I couldn't put on weight. I use this site to make sure I eat enough because between law school and work, sometimes you just get too busy.

Maybe what you need to&nb sp;also pay attention is  that you eat more than you burn.  

Original Post by trillian129:

Well I think I found the right thread.  I'm trying to gain for college hockey, but I'm unfamiliar with gaining weight, and of course every site/store/product out there is geared toward obese Americans, so it's kind of hard to figure out what exactly I should be doing.  I'm hitting the gym four times a week, but doing very little cardio, but diet-wise I'm not exactly sure what to do.  I've been told to just eat as much as possible, but I've also heard that gaining too fast will result in fat...any advice?

..guy/girl? ice/field? are u in college right now? are you in-season?

A few pointers I've gathered so far from this site and experience: - Spread your calorie intake throughout the day (3-4 evenly spaced big meals, and snacks); - Eat lots, vary your foods, but eat healthy (avoid fast food, lots of grease, lots of alcohol, candy, soda, bad stuff in general); - Try to set a calorie surplus goal (I try to eat 1-2k calories more than I burn, each day); - Take shakes right after lifting to get the most out of them (I'm getting a GNC weight gain shake loaded with calories in addition to the usual EAS protein shake I take after workouts). And don't expect to safely put on more than 2-3 lbs. per week.

I guess I should have been more specific.  Male, ice hockey, not currently playing.  I also had 2 specific questions: how big (calorie-wise) is a good breakfast for workout days and for off-days, and how many calories should i be taking in after working out for like 40 minutes at the gym?  Thanks.
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Original Post by trillian129:

I guess I should have been more specific.  Male, ice hockey, not currently playing.  I also had 2 specific questions: how big (calorie-wise) is a good breakfast for workout days and for off-days, and how many calories should i be taking in after working out for like 40 minutes at the gym?  Thanks.

 I do 500 calories before the gym, and anywhere from 100-300 after, depending on how I feel, and how close it is to the next meal.

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