Im 20 years old, 5'6 and am around 128 pounds.
I have always had problems with my digestion. It seems to be very slow, anything i eat stays in my body for about 2-3 days, and its killing me. Three years ago i was much thiner at around 110 pounds. I used to eat very little (1-2 meals a day), which i know is not good, but my stomach seemed to work better and it kept the fat off.
Around 3 weeks ago i joined the gym. I want to lose the flab and gain muscle, at that time i was around 120 ponds. With the new diet instead of loosing weight i'm actually gaining... which is driving me crazyyyy. Help!
My diet consists of:
Breakfast: 9:00 Bran Cereal with some raspberries, or 2 eggs, or cottage cheese with berries.
Snack: 11:00 Shake with Whey Protein or a Low Fat Yogurt.
Lunch: 1:00 4oz. Chicken breast with a little salad, avocado, nuts.
Snack: 2:00 Shake with Protein and berries or nuts.
Snack: 5:00 Almonds or berries, may eat a slice of cheese or an apple.
Dinner: 7:00 Stake, or Tuna (LOVE Tuna or Chix, with asparagus or sweet potato, or mushrooms.
No more food after 7pm.
I go to the gym 4-5 times a week, do weights and 10-30 min of cardio. I am a horse rider and i train twice a week for about an hour and a half.
I lift pretty heavy, never train the same muscle group more than 2 times a week and do burn outs.
With a good diet and all the workout my metabolism is still very slow. I gained 8 pounds within 3 weeks, since i eat 6 times a day it seems my stomach just can not process all the food, and im constantly full and bloated Yes, i feel stronger, some muscle groups look more defined, but over all i got bigger ... much bigger, and not lean at all. It just makes me want to quit and go back to harsh dieting to loose the pounds...
I am trying to cut down the portions i eat per meal, but then i cant reach my protein and nutrients intake goals.
Has any one had this problem when they started? How do you speed up the metabolism? What am i doing wrong? How do you intake a proper amount of protein and nutrients without over loading the stomach? Just inpatient and should i keep doing what i am?