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From: Nas (
Subject:         Strategy to Gain Weight?
Date: January 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm PST


I'm a 6'0 male in my twenties and right now I tip the scales at around 135. I would love to put on some weight, but when I increase my caloric intake, there doesn't seem to be any corresponding increase in my weight. Right now, I average around 2500 cal a day. Mostly fruits, veg, grains, etc., whole foods, little to no crap :) When they test me at the gym, I have less than 4% body fat :(

I was wondering a couple of things. I've read in the past about hormones playing a large role in this and people who are "underweight" getting to a higher "healthier" weight by following eating programs, usually eating more often, smaller meals, and unfortunately, usually focused around animal protein. These people supposedly gain weight very rapidly as their chemistry falls into place.

Do you find it common that very skinny people tend to be "out of whack" in the hormone department? Is this a bunch of bs?

I do weight train w/ emphasis on building muscle and have increased my muscle mass, but I can't shake the feeling that my body fat is at an extremely low, unsafe level. i would love to be more in the area of 145-150. I know that our bodies take the excess carbs we eat and convert them to body fat. I am very careful to keep my total fat intake no higher than 15%, and usually more like 5-10% daily. I assume, then, that I am eating sufficient carbs, but my bod doesn't seem to store any fat.

Thanks for your help!

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