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Old 09-23-2008, 10:38 PM
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trying to gain 10-20lbs...good idea?

i'm at 120-121 and i want to gain 10-20 lbs so i can be at a good weight/height ratio. heres my problem i never worked out and have no muscles. is it healthy for me to try and gain the extra 10-20 pounds that are not from building muscles? i just want to look less thin. I'm a guy, 17
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Old 09-24-2008, 12:59 AM
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if you gain 20 lbs without any sort of muscle building, you will look a little chubby (140 lbs at 5'4). what you might want to do instead is try to gain weight through both diet and a weight training routine.
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Old 09-24-2008, 01:32 AM
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i'm at 120-121 and i want to gain 10-20 lbs so i can be at a good weight/height ratio. heres my problem i never worked out and have no muscles. is it healthy for me to try and gain the extra 10-20 pounds that are not from building muscles? i just want to look less thin. I'm a guy, 17
If you gain weight that is not muscle, that would be called fat. Why would you want to do that? Fat is not healthy, it doesn't just fluff up the outside, it coats the inside too.

You need to eat a healthy diet, with the proper amount of protein, and you will have to work out. Or...you could eat 3 meals a day at McDonald's and get fat, unhealthy, and coat your arteries.

And...male's grow till they are in their twenties, so don't think you are done yet. Make sure you get a good's night sleep (at least 8 hours, preferably 10 for someone your age), your body releases human growth hormone while you sleep. This is helpful for your goals.
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It depends. Working out with weights and eating a proper diet could help. Try to eat at least 2000 calories/day and if you're busy pack up a nutrient+calorie dense lunch/snack.
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if you gain 20 lbs without any sort of muscle building, you will look a little chubby (140 lbs at 5'4). what you might want to do instead is try to gain weight through both diet and a weight training routine.

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Old 09-24-2008, 06:19 AM
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Fat is unhealthy. Why would you want to gain fat? I would go the muscle route. You would have to gain a lot more than 20lbs of muscle to look really bulky.
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If you ease yourself into a weight training regime, there's no reason why you can't gain those 10-20 lbs.
Find yourself a reputable gym/PT and they'll do a full fitness assessment/health check before they write you a program.

Remember that you need to train your whole body or you won't look symmetrical, nobody likes the huge upper body/chicken legs look!

Lee Priest, a former champion bodybuilder, is only 5'3"!!

Boxing and kickboxing is a great muscle building workout that will leave you looking muscular but also still lean.

You need a program that will challenge you, and also keep you interested in exercise.

Everyone has to start somewhere...
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Lifting weights is really the only healthy way to put on weight, without gaining fat. If you are "skinny-fat", adding muscle would add some tone and definition to your body.
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Agree with mostly everything. Although I wouldn't recommend too much cardio because it will burn up calories that your body would have otherwise turned into muscle mass from the weight training. I used to be in your exact place (only taller) and I started working out and eating healthier and have gained about 20 lbs in around 6 months, which doesnt sound like a lot but for someone who had a lot of trouble gaining weight I was happy with it. Plus, you'll look and feel so much better with 20 pounds of muscle added onto you than 20 pounds of fat. And, if you ever decide to start a workout program, the first thing you will have to do is lose those 20 lbs of fat you piled on.
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Old 09-30-2008, 03:22 AM
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Maybe try a protein weight gainer to help you bulk up whilst doing weights?

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yeah, if you already have trouble gaining weight, i don't see the point of doing the cardio. i agree with everyone else though. if you are eating right and remaining at your current weight...you will need some weight training to gain weight. Eating a bunch more calories will only make you fat and unhealthy.
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