Hello all! This may be a bit long but I'm just excited to have found this forum so I have a lot of questions
I'm 36 and have been vegan for the past year. I have weighed 180lbs +/- 5lbs since I was 18. Doesn't matter if I eat crap fast food or totally healthy, high fat, low fat, omnivore, vegetarian, I pretty much stay the same. Back on Sept 1 I started a round of P90X. I started at 179lbs and after the first week I was at 174 (and I had clearly lost the tiny bit of fat that I had on my stomach, i.e. wasn't entirely water weight). After finishing P90X at the end of on November I was 185lbs and just as lean. I've now done about 5 weeks of weight training (pretty closely following the Starting Strength regimen). I'm really having a hard time gaining any additional weight. The most I've gotten up to was 189 but then the next day I'll be at 186 or something so it doesn't seem like a real gain. I'm 6' 4" so at this height and this weight I think it's safe to say I am an ectomorphic body type. I have limited my workouts to 3 days a week, 1 hour per workout (and cut out all cardio). I am eating as much as I can and taking in between 150-200g of protein a day (I use pea/rice protein powder plus I of course get soy protein in almost every other food I'm consuming). I would really like to be around 205 - 210 lbs. I think, anyway. Never being anywhere near that weight I don't know what it will look like on me.
These pictures are throughout the 90 day P90X program (all taken on non-workout days with no "pump" to try to make them a fair comparison). As you can see, I didn't get any leaner, but I did add a little mass (nothing dramatic, but comparing the first to the last I think you can see it)PICPIC
I'd like to keep that same progression going but times 2 or 3...
I tried posting on bodybuilding.com a while back asking about supplements and got some negative responses. Like " 6'4" and 180lbs, that sounds like vegan bodybuilding LOL! " ... so I am VERY determined to prove the BS stereotypes wrong. Obviously, with my metabolism and my diet it will be challenging, but like anything, there's no point in doing it if it is easy.
So any advice on eating, lifting, anything would be greatly appreciated!