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How to gain size?

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Created July 24, 2011 at 5:16 PM

My entire life, the only time I've ever looked like there was any fat on my body was when I was a baby. Even before paleo, I'd eat more SAD food than any fat person I knew!. Still, always remained very lean, skinny, and tall. Now I'm paleo, I'm even more skinny and lean. I eat lots of fat, I eat lots of carbs, I eat lots of protein. I"m 23 years old and male.

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

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on July 26, 2011
at 03:17 AM

Great post. I am a woman, but also tend to be too lean (for a woman) and IMO very low body fat is not flattering, and does not look optimally healthy, on anyone. But some of us are just disposed that way, for whatever reason!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

nobody works out, correctly too, than I do.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on July 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

These are good answers to the original "how to gain fat" question. While I prefer to gain muscle, I look better when I have a little extra meat on my bones. Hard benches don't hurt as much, and I don't absolutely freeze in the winter. To answer the question, eat more and lift heavy things. And if that doesn't work, do more of it.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

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on July 26, 2011
at 01:59 AM

These are good answers to the original "how to gain fat" question. While I prefer to gain muscle, I look better when I have a little extra meat on my bones. Hard benches don't hurt as much, and I don't absolutely freeze in the winter.

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on July 25, 2011
at 08:39 PM

If you are tired of being skinny, you need to focus on building muscle. Trying to simply gain fat, as your original question is worded, is unwise from any perspective (health, performance, and appearance).

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on July 25, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Alternately, you can check out Stronglifts 5x5. The eBook is free, and the program is fundamentally the same as Starting Strength (which is 3x5).

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

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on July 25, 2011
at 06:24 PM

@gn ditto. When I was eating moderate-high carb I found that the slightest increase in calories would move me from gaining neither fat nor muscle to gaining fat.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 25, 2011
at 01:42 AM

@Quilt/mth - ease up guys. The young dude wants to bulk up and worded his initial question a bit incorrectly. He is trying to eat Paleo and rather than coming down on him, how about a little support.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 25, 2011
at 01:40 AM

@Quilt / mth - ease up guys. The kids wants to bulk up and maybe didn't word his initial question the way he should of. Cut him some slack. He is eating Paleo now and perhaps you can be a little supportive.

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on July 25, 2011
at 01:12 AM

but you're also 23. When you're that young it takes time to do the damage you're looking for. Now, if you wanted to become a lard ass at 40 instead of 23 it would be easy because you wouldn't need to change a thing - don't believe me, go to the mall and look at the 40+ year old men.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 25, 2011
at 01:05 AM

I said I was eating heavily SAD and was lean, skinny, and tall....

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 25, 2011
at 12:54 AM

@cliff: perhaps, i'm just a broken loser, but no matter how serious my training gets, boatloads of sugar (in deadly combo with fat) negate any of its meaningful and positive outcomes: kind of like the body is too busy in dealing with all the nutrients to have spare resources to add lean mass

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on July 24, 2011
at 11:22 PM

If your doing some serious training that sugar+carbs+pro+fat will just facilitate massive muscle gains :) Sumos have to utilize specific strategies to get fat, which is pretty comical when you think about it.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 24, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Imagine if you were skinny, would you want to stay that way?

87c6cb9485da8d27ae29eab38eefeb84

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on July 24, 2011
at 06:05 PM

Is there a sport-specific goal you have in mind? Powerlifting, maybe?

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 05:46 PM

@Jack - Another movie drop just for you. Do you know it?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:40 PM

what about a crazy hindu prison? ah hah! now that's a whole different ballgame right there.

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D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 05:30 PM

Dude,

Unless you have just broken out of Turkish prison and trying to compensate for an extended period of hypo-caloric imprisonment, there is no reason I can think of for wanting to put on fat.

First of all, count your blessings that you are naturally lean. There are a lot of people here that now hate you...just kidding...well kinda.

Secondly, be very proud of yourself that you have chosen to follow a toxin free dietary lifestyle - Paleo - in spite of being naturally lean. I know many lean people that think lean=healthy and therefore they can eat like shit. Tell that to my dad that died at 52 with cancer and diabetes in spite of being rail thin his entire (short life). You are wise beyond your years for realizing this.

Thirdly, assuming you are eating toxin free and it is coupled with a solid resistance training program and the appropriate caloric surplus to add lean mass, you are doing all the right things. Whether you are ever going to compete in Mr Olympia anytime soon is questionable, but at least you will lean and healthy. Remind yourself that chicks dig lean!

Good luck. If you really feel compelled to put on some fat, I have some I'm staring at right now that I would be happy to give to you.

EDIT - My response was to the original question - "How to put on fat"

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 24, 2011
at 05:46 PM

@Jack - Another movie drop just for you. Do you know it?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:40 PM

what about a crazy hindu prison? ah hah! now that's a whole different ballgame right there.

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61e254571b4c792bca87340a090a3ea1

on July 25, 2011
at 06:06 PM

I hear you Danny. I am not tall or skinny as far as muscle mass. I'm 5' 10" and a lean 180-190 lbs and in my 30's. But I have a hard time gaining fat. The only way I can consistently keep fat on or gain extra fat for a hunting trip or whatever. Is to eat a ton of calories. I don't worry about counting I just eat a lot and often. If I know I am going to be out hunting etc. I will take a week or two and try to laze around as much as possible, eat berries and cream every night before bed, drink smoothies of kefir, cream, eggs, fruit, and honey. Make big bags of chips by frying yucca, potatoes, plantains, yams, taro, in coconut oil and snacking on them all the time. Eating rice. I can eat a lot of rice covered in butter and still be functional and hungry.

I try to gain fat for a few reasons for all the people wondering why anyone would want to do this.

  1. It looks better. If I don't have fat I am all vascular and wiry. I am a pretty muscular guy but I think it just looks weird when I get really lean. My partner and every women that has ever said anything about it said I looked better with more fat. If I get too lean I hear about not being as snugly, feeling all hard and looking scary.

  2. I go camping, hunting, gathering, hiking, and an occasional freight train trip. If I am really skinny I need to carry more food, loose energy, get hungry, and loose muscle. If I know I will be doing this I will try to get "fat" for the trip. I call it survival muscle.

  3. Once in awhile I work in the city. I am a union carpenter and can be doing everything from stick framing houses to building concrete forms for high rises, or swinging hundreds of 100 + lb steel doors. I work long hours carrying heavy tool bags, climbing forms, yelling, moving materials, in the hot summer and cold wet winters sometimes many stories up in the wind. I find that if I don't make sure to eat enough food I tend to get injured or sick more often. I the last 4 years I have not been sick once and my injuries seem to heal better. I tried paleo only about a year ago and was very strict(no dairy, any grains ever etc..) for 3 months but not LC. So I think the improvement I saw was just from eating a lot more and trying to keep a little extra fat on me.

  4. It keeps me warm.

  5. It's a lot nicer when sleeping on hard ground or sitting for a long time on a hard canoe bench. Muscle helps but some fat is nice too.

I don't know if any of those reasons have anything to do with why Danny wants to be fatter but if he wants to gain fat that's his business

26b7615ef542394102785a67a2786867

(7967)

on July 26, 2011
at 03:17 AM

Great post. I am a woman, but also tend to be too lean (for a woman) and IMO very low body fat is not flattering, and does not look optimally healthy, on anyone. But some of us are just disposed that way, for whatever reason!

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

These are good answers to the original "how to gain fat" question. While I prefer to gain muscle, I look better when I have a little extra meat on my bones. Hard benches don't hurt as much, and I don't absolutely freeze in the winter. To answer the question, eat more and lift heavy things. And if that doesn't work, do more of it.

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on July 26, 2011
at 01:59 AM

These are good answers to the original "how to gain fat" question. While I prefer to gain muscle, I look better when I have a little extra meat on my bones. Hard benches don't hurt as much, and I don't absolutely freeze in the winter.

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B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

on July 24, 2011
at 05:32 PM

My brother is just like you so I know that advice to eat more just isn't going to work. He tried eating huge portions, but it only worked so long as he was eating like a fiend. As soon as he stopped stuffing himself the fat came right back off. The one thing that did make him look a lot better was weight lifting and that might be an answer for you. You don't really want to gain fat so much as you don't want to look skinny, right? That's probably what I would try in your shoes. Gain some muscle.

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on July 24, 2011
at 05:47 PM

Yeah I'd agree with turkeytyme as I'm in a similar boat as you. I can overeat for a week and as soon as I let up the weight falls back off. Try lifting weights, especially look at Mark Rippetoe's starting strength program.

Da8e709acde269e8b8bfbc09d1737841

(1906)

on July 25, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Alternately, you can check out Stronglifts 5x5. The eBook is free, and the program is fundamentally the same as Starting Strength (which is 3x5).

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03aeff8d87a3b53a449b5b8e9158da98

(3268)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:30 PM

You are a 23 year-old male. Why would you want to add fat rather than muscle? What an odd question. Join a gym and start doing heavy compound lifts. Eat plenty of good food. You will gain (muscle) weight.

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on July 25, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Eat soy rice corn and potatoes with Honey.......you'll destroy your thyroid like farmers used to do to pigs in the forties......and then you will notice your ass gets fatter on less food.

That will do it.

D3ff004d4a0c42b67cc2c49a5ee9c0f3

(5801)

on July 25, 2011
at 01:12 AM

but you're also 23. When you're that young it takes time to do the damage you're looking for. Now, if you wanted to become a lard ass at 40 instead of 23 it would be easy because you wouldn't need to change a thing - don't believe me, go to the mall and look at the 40+ year old men.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 25, 2011
at 01:05 AM

I said I was eating heavily SAD and was lean, skinny, and tall....

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 25, 2011
at 01:42 AM

@Quilt/mth - ease up guys. The young dude wants to bulk up and worded his initial question a bit incorrectly. He is trying to eat Paleo and rather than coming down on him, how about a little support.

D1c02d4fc5125a670cf419dbb3e18ba7

on July 25, 2011
at 01:40 AM

@Quilt / mth - ease up guys. The kids wants to bulk up and maybe didn't word his initial question the way he should of. Cut him some slack. He is eating Paleo now and perhaps you can be a little supportive.

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6810afeed347463af5792b1a3444cba7

on July 24, 2011
at 08:02 PM

Kudos to all the people not answering the question.

Best way - sugar plus carbs plus protein plus fat. Force feed yourself, eat constantly.

The sugar and carbs together really make the fat happen. Try honey and fried rice or something. Check out what Sumo wrestlers eat.

Don't build muscle, it burns fat.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 25, 2011
at 12:54 AM

@cliff: perhaps, i'm just a broken loser, but no matter how serious my training gets, boatloads of sugar (in deadly combo with fat) negate any of its meaningful and positive outcomes: kind of like the body is too busy in dealing with all the nutrients to have spare resources to add lean mass

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

(12857)

on July 24, 2011
at 11:22 PM

If your doing some serious training that sugar+carbs+pro+fat will just facilitate massive muscle gains :) Sumos have to utilize specific strategies to get fat, which is pretty comical when you think about it.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on July 25, 2011
at 06:24 PM

@gn ditto. When I was eating moderate-high carb I found that the slightest increase in calories would move me from gaining neither fat nor muscle to gaining fat.

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667f6c030b0245d71d8ef50c72b097dc

(15976)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:21 PM

All you have to do is eat a surplus of calories. Eat beyond what you are eating now, regularly and consistently. Very simple. There's no magic, you just need to eat more of everything. You could focus on more carbohydrate in particular but anything will do.

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Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:29 PM

If it ain't broke, don't fix it! As long as you are eating a nutritionally complete diet and are providing your body with enough calories for your activity level, there is no reason why you would need to intentionally fatten yourself up!

The caveat would be if you are trying to add lean body mass, as this would require gaining some fat mass, but the way the question is asked sounds like you are trying to gain fat for fat's sake.

Medium avatar

(19479)

on July 25, 2011
at 08:39 PM

If you are tired of being skinny, you need to focus on building muscle. Trying to simply gain fat, as your original question is worded, is unwise from any perspective (health, performance, and appearance).

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 24, 2011
at 10:53 PM

Imagine if you were skinny, would you want to stay that way?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 26, 2011
at 02:00 AM

nobody works out, correctly too, than I do.

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