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I have the classic ectomorph body (long arms, and extremely narrow shoulders as well as low body fat) and my parents want me to gain weight. I am nine teen years old and I am 5'4 in height, before my work out I was 105 pounds. But now I am 101 pounds. I must refrain from lifting weights due to a back issue. I do 210 press-ups per day, accompanied by 40-120 sit-ups. All that has changed is the shape of my arms and shoulders, but I have not increased in size despite the fact I eat like a horse (3000 calories a day or more). Am I just destined to be this small? I don't think it looks right on me. Everybody in my family is either average, big or muscular. Could being born a months premature cause a person to be unable to build sustainable muscle?
alissont alissont 18-21, M 6 Answers Dec 27, 2012 in Health

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Perhaps you should talk to a nutritionist.

Or someone that knows what you need to bulk up.

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Give it a few years. By then you'll be wishing you could take the weight off.

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Not really, and one thing which is funny is that you think that you eat like a horse but you actually dont lol and 3000 doesnt work? lift it up a bit eat 5000 calories a day. first thing you should do is fix the way you eat and trust me whether you are an ectomorph or not you will gain a little bit of fat. Then you see the change by just eating, the next step is to work out and keeping the same amount of calories (5000) a day then you will see change everywhere, all this is my brothers way of doing it and he has changed from being skinny to muscular so hope this helps :)

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Why can't you lift weights you can start out really light & work your way up in the weight ?

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My doctor told me that I shouldn't. It's to do with a deformed back bone that could break easily if enough pressure is exerted on it.

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Oh ok well I have a broken neck & my back can't b fixed & I started out with really small weights & worked my way up ! Ask your doc if you start out at 2lbs & move up slowly if that's ok !

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lol. My cat weighs 11 lbs and I'm sorta okay with that but I'll ask my doc next time.

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Just trying 2 help !

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6 weeks and you're expecting results? LOL

Give it a year and a half and get back to us then. Kids these days, you have no patience!! ;p

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Darn it...a year and a half? My goal weight is 140, btw.

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