All reaserch that I've done seems to suggest that hardgainers have such a fast metabolism that all the calories they eat are burnt by their bodies. Is it possible to be a hardgainer with a very slow metabolism?
The reason why I ask this is because I consider myself to be a hardgainer. I am 5'7", 145lbs. and have about 20% bodyfat or more. I used to be very fat in highschool. I weighed 185lbs. and I always knew that I've had a slow metabolism. I was the fat kid all my life. Once I dedicated myself to start jogging daily and eating cleaner I cut down to 125lbs and discovered that I had a very small frame and almost no musculature. Now, I know that If I stop all exercise that I will gain lots of fat just by eating a normal, even clean diet, but it seems so hard for me to gain mass even after tons of lifting and tons of eating. Aren't those two things a contradiction? If I gain fat easily, shouldn't I gain mass easily after working out with heavy weights? If I work out then eat as many calories and protein I can find, I just get fatter around my belly and love handles. After a year of home gym training and four months of a gold's gym membership I seem to be only making minimal gains. I feel like I should have ten more pounds of muscle than I have after all the work and eating I have done. My Uncle who is a bodybuilder tells me to cut down cardio and just eat like a beast. Is it possible to eat too many calories on the days that you lift weights heavily? I am a little paranoid about getting fat again, especially since my kickboxing depends on it and I don't need anymore fat weight on my body, I'll be put into a weight class with heavier people with more muscle than I. I have also been approached by multiple modeling agencies and as...pansie as it sounds, I'm actually considering maybe a try at it since there is money involved. So I can't have extra fat. Basically I just see myself as a hardgainer with a very slow metabolism. I need to gain more mass but I don't know how to do it without getting fatter and loosing my cutness. Anyone know what I'm doing wrong or have a similar experience?
On days I lift should I just east as much calories and protein that I can without worrying about getting fatter?
On days I lift, this is what I typically eat:
2-3 scrambled eggs
4-6 hardboiled egg whites
oatmeal or cream of wheat
whole wheat bread
grilled chicken breast
1-2 cans of Tuna
(or) Salmon fillet
whey protein shakes (mixed myself)
whey protein bars
a multivitamin or two
Now, can anyone tell me if my assumptions about myself are correct? If so, or if not, what the hell am I doing wrong? Please help guys, thanks.