Originally Posted by Greg Davis
It seems I just can't keep bodyweight on no matter how much I ramp up my fat intake (200+ g /day).
More fat does not make bigger muscles (for those with already high enough fat intake)....and depleted muscles will be flat and leave you much lighter (less glycogen, and alot less water). Hence why some BBs can carb up for a show and gain 15-20lbs in a week or less. Zone at 5x fat all the time is not going to be anything a BB would ever use, for a reason.
But if you want to know what is going on for sure with you, then just take action and try something new. Take a whole weekend to carb up....2 days....and see what happens. Best approach is whole food carbs, eating every 2-3 hours (because you want to minimize spillover into fat cells), some protein (but not a priority), some fat (but not a priority). You may need up to 2x BW for carb intake for each day depending on how depleted you are. Water is not a priority when carb loading (just the other days)....as you can use the trick of drawing water under the skin into the muscles (to get more the ripped look).
Again....just try something different and see what happens...and that will be the best lesson you can learn over what anyone tells you should do. Worst case....you spend 2 days learning what doesn't work.
My leanest days were trying to go low carbs and high fat too often. Even little pwo meals didn't help much. But taking days to reload put the weight back on.