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    Hi everyone,

    I'm a 5'8" (172cm), 145lb, 29 year old male. Been a lurker for several years now, and given the current Covid-19 quarantine situation, I've had some extra time to evaluate my current life and find ways to try to improve it.

    I believe getting a better, more aesthetic & healthy body, if I can achieve that goal, would measurably improve my dating opportunities. Currently, I usually land 6s, but since I'm no spring chicken, and would like to get married soon, optimizing my chances at partnering with a 7-8+ for the long-haul would be ideal. I realize this is ambitious, but want to give it my best shot — the health benefits of a better physique are secondary to my dating goals.

    To achieve a better body, I'll be:

    1: changing my nutrition, and eating more quality calories and cooking more. Mifflin-St. Jeor formula says my maintenance calorie intake is around 1600cal, so I'm aiming to eat at a 800cal surplus and hit 2400cal per day. (Easier said than done for a hard gainer, ectomorph, like me.) I'll be consuming 1-1.5g of protein per lb of body weight, and trying to eliminate sugar from my diet.

    2: Obviously, I'll also need to workout (something which I tried once before in the past, but which I unfortunately didn't stick to). Currently I'm following the AthleanXERO program, since I don't have weights at home and all gyms are closed due to the pandemic. (In the past I did Mehdi's 5x5 program for around a month, which I enjoyed until I started squatting my weight, at which point things got more challenging and I guess the ROI of the gains I was making didn't impress me, so I quit.)

    Any thoughts or feedback would be very much appreciated. Hardest part will be being consistent and not stopping. If you have any links to skinny to buff transformations (not of teens that are still growing) I'd definitely like to see those for inspiration/learning.

    Also, my chest area looks super asymmetrical/irregular. Not sure how much of this can be fixed, but if you have any thoughts, please share them. Thanks!
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    If you lift for girls you will spend the rest of your life being disappointed. Lift for yourself and the girls will follow.
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    Originally Posted by Hak7980 View Post
    If you lift for girls you will spend the rest of your life being disappointed. Lift for yourself and the girls will follow.
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    Originally Posted by gucciSeagull View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a 5'8" (172cm), 145lb, 29 year old male. Been a lurker for several years now, and given the current Covid-19 quarantine situation, I've had some extra time to evaluate my current life and find ways to try to improve it.

    I believe getting a better, more aesthetic & healthy body, if I can achieve that goal, would measurably improve my dating opportunities. Currently, I usually land 6s, but since I'm no spring chicken, and would like to get married soon, optimizing my chances at partnering with a 7-8+ for the long-haul would be ideal. I realize this is ambitious, but want to give it my best shot — the health benefits of a better physique are secondary to my dating goals.

    To achieve a better body, I'll be:

    1: changing my nutrition, and eating more quality calories and cooking more. Mifflin-St. Jeor formula says my maintenance calorie intake is around 1600cal, so I'm aiming to eat at a 800cal surplus and hit 2400cal per day. (Easier said than done for a hard gainer, ectomorph, like me.) I'll be consuming 1-1.5g of protein per lb of body weight, and trying to eliminate sugar from my diet.

    2: Obviously, I'll also need to workout (something which I tried once before in the past, but which I unfortunately didn't stick to). Currently I'm following the AthleanXERO program, since I don't have weights at home and all gyms are closed due to the pandemic. (In the past I did Mehdi's 5x5 program for around a month, which I enjoyed until I started squatting my weight, at which point things got more challenging and I guess the ROI of the gains I was making didn't impress me, so I quit.)

    Any thoughts or feedback would be very much appreciated. Hardest part will be being consistent and not stopping. If you have any links to skinny to buff transformations (not of teens that are still growing) I'd definitely like to see those for inspiration/learning.

    Also, my chest area looks super asymmetrical/irregular. Not sure how much of this can be fixed, but if you have any thoughts, please share them. Thanks!
    What does "landing 6s" mean.

    I get the impression that you're physique isn't the reason you aren't satisifed with your romantic life. You come off as quite insecure, and that may stem from your physique, but really dating experience is far more attractive than "more aesthetic body" (especially if you dress properly).

    Imo, girls are mostly attracted to faces. If your body is a 10, but your face is a 6, your a 6, thats all I can say, the amount of chubby dudes I know with attractive girlfriends is surprising, and most of my cut up friends don't really have dating lives.

    Including me, I was way more successful with girls a year or two ago, and I was 10kg fatter then and had little muscular development. So there you go.
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    as long as you are low body fat and have SOME muscle mass, then you should be good in terms of pulling higher tier girls. But yea you need to eat and bulk up. Your chest will fix itself if you continue to add on more mass.
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