Gains on limited calories

  • Chris82xx
    Gains on limited calories
    on: 2016-02-10 16:41:17
    I don't know exactly where this question would go. At my highest i was 235lbs., looked slightly bloated, but could also notice my build. About 5 years ago I had surgery to fix a hiatal hernia, which is a hernia located at the bottom of the esophagus, right above the stomach. My appetite was good, my calorie intake was spot on, things were going well. The pain from the hernia was too much to handle and I had to get it repaired. Essentially what they did was wrap my stomach around it. This would prevent the hernia from moving, causing the pain I felt. The procedure also acted like a gastric band, so my stomach is smaller. Post surgery, I dropped down to 180 in a matter of two months. After recovery, I got back into training. However, I could not and still can not intake as much food as I use to because now the food has to travel a different route to reach the stomach, and I get filled up much faster since my stomach has been reduced in size. I now hover around 200 lbs. I know how essential calories are to gaining mass, but because of what I've been through, I can't take in that much because my body won't allow me. Protein shakes also create the same issue, they fill me too quickly that I struggle to finish off 18 oz. With that all said, what kind of workouts can I do to help increase size, and am I missing anything that would help my calorie intake? Is there anything that could possibly slower my rate of my metabolism? Naturally, I have a very high metabolism, so I've been a smaller person before getting into working out. I can't figure it out for the life of me, and currently I struggle to move up to a new weight. Not just body weight, but weights I use to workout.
  • IFBB Undercover
    Re: Gains on limited calories
    on: 2016-03-19 21:48:51

    One of the guys in Project Get Shredded 16 has had a gastric band. This can pose issues like you are going through. The key is to eat small portions more often. I would also make sure the whey you are using is a pure whey iso. Make sure it's thin...fewer thickening agents. Shakes like Dymatize ISO 100 or True Nutrition Whey Iso are both very thin and and light. These shakes can be mixed thin and sipped on without over filling your stomach. You can experiment with different macros too. See if fats allow you to eat more calories. This might be true, or you may find that since fats are so calorically dense, they leave you feeling too full. In this case, you may find that lower fats and higher carbs work well. 


    As for training, I would have to see what you are currently doing and break your current program down. I would have to look at your physique and see what is working and what is not. There is no single program that is better for everyone. It's all about what works best for your individual body. The best thing I can tell you to do is to be creative. Look at what is working and what is not, the be creative. Take what is not working, throw it out and try a new approach. If you, or anyone else, wants to work one on one, you can contact me here at Naps, through the Next Level Nutrition page and hire me to work with you on a 12 wk program covering nutrition, training and if you are enhanced, we will also build a cycle plan designed for you and your goals/needs