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[pct-l] Weight Gain and body types
Flyin Brian 's weight was about the same through his whole one year ordeal.
( 6,000 cals a day)There are several body types out there and each one is
different. Hikers with larger amount of muscle tend to gain more fat in the
off season and as they get older. Lean hikers have no fat for reserve and
must take this into account when planning a long trip. Each pound of fat is
3,500 cals. and also serves as extra insultion when cold. Ever notice the far
North you go , the heaver the people. Fat does carry a few bennies. If you
gain weight on your trip, you are eating well and getting your amount of
protein. All hikers come back with " Body Builder " legs. In the days before
trekking poles, your upper body looked like a " Prisoner of War", but now the
poles do help with the upper fitness somewhat. Bottom line is your body does
what ever it needs to to adapt so don't sweat it!!
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