Anonymous asked: Do you have any suggestions for how someone could gain weight but also not lose too much mobility/stamina?
This is the kind of question that I wish I could give you an answer that you want to hear, but I’m not sure that I have one. The unavoidable truth is that being big comes with a price, and in many cases there’s no real way around it.
In this case, the truth is that the human body just isn’t designed to carry a lot of weight. Being heavy is very taxing on your body, and it’s just something you have to accept as a side effect of being a gainer. As you get bigger, you will move slower, get worn out easier, and you will get in your own way more often. Whether or not this is a deal breaker depends on your situation, but your lifestyle will need to change in some ways.
Being big forces you to take life a bit more leisurely. No more running to catch that train, you can wait for the next one. If you need to get to the second floor, you might consider the elevator more often than the stairs. Even if walking somewhere would be faster, you might choose to drive instead.
You may have been hoping that a good way to mitigate this would be to increase your strength; to make it easier to carry this weight. Of course, I will always recommend lifting weights to help keep your body as ‘in shape’ as you can and mitigate some of these downsides, but increasing your strength really won’t help your endurance much. You’ll be able to heft yourself around more, but carrying yourself around for extended periods of time will still be exhausting.
Mobility concerns are of a lesser impact, in my opinion, as they don’t really pop up until you get really big. Still, it makes sense that the bigger you get, the more you will get in your own way. It gets more difficult to do certain things that were effortless in the past, as now you have to reach around yourself to get to certain parts of your body, or due to the lost flexibility from your bigger joints.
While this sounds really negative, I’m just trying to be as bluntly honest as possible. These things are all downsides, but as I said, how much of a drain they will be on you they will be depends largely on your lifestyle and your outlook on the situation. If you can’t or won’t give up the sort of things that are exhausting for a big guy, it may not be worth it for you. If you’re able and/or willing to make adjustments to your lifestyle as you get bigger, then you really may not think much of it at all.