Okay, so this summer I decided to do some reworking of my body. I "bulked" for a few weeks, gained about 6 pounds, then "cut" and lost about 8 pounds. (I went up from 108 to 114, then down to 106). I've been trying to maintain that weight for a few weeks, but during that time, I went off for college, had to abandon my diet and exercise routine for a few days, and was without a scale until a few days ago. Now, I'm down to 104, and there are definitely parts of my body that are too thin for my tastes. First, I noticed my chest thinning, but that didn't really bother me and was the first place I lost weight; but now, I just noticed that my butt has deflated. Suddenly, it's just saggy. And I'd just rather be 105-106 (even though the scale alone isn't a good measure, but it just sounds better to be over 105).
So, now, what to do? I have purposefully gained weight before, but that was with the specific goal of muscle mass. Should I just go though "bulking" again? (I wouldn't mind getting back some of the muscles I've lost). Should I emphasize butt exercises?
I'm not really sure if I have the time to do a rigorous bulking regimen like the one I did before, but I might be able to. And I'm not sure if I would like the results if I gained weight without the specific goal of muscle mass...if that makes any sense. I'm also worried that if I just tried to gain weight via fat that it would end up on my stomach (if only we could pick and choose where out fat goes).
Hello, Goya. I would say, simply stated, that now you should eat to nourish your body, without any intent to bulk up, gain or lose weight. Eat normally, 3 balanced meals a day.
I don't recall if you mentioned your height. I am 5'6" and now weigh 118. When I dieted to lose to 113 lbs., I felt bad. When I would gain to 116, I would feel fine. When I checked my BMI at 113 lbs., I learned that for my height, I was underweight.
Try to get to a weight where you feel really good and one that is appropriate for your height.