[...] but [the] people who accused me of it didn't realize I was training 4+ hours intensely a day. [...]
For example, I lost ~35lbs in 6 weeks in my early 30s. It didn't take long to gain all that weight since I had a happy period with my wife where we just drank and went out to eat all the time and dropped all physical training. But it also took even less time to lose it since, once I decided to get back in shape, I just trained really hard like I used to do and cut out all the eating out and drinking during that period.
I think it might be psychological in my case. I am 25% ecto and 75% meso according to some tests, but mostly I'm addicted to torturing myself. When I was a boy I learned about various religious ideas of hell and I wanted to make sure I could endure it. So I applied that mindset to everything including how I trained ("no pain, no gain") and even how I ate and drank. I won many speed eating contests in the past because even if I was vomiting and feeling sick for 2 days, I took that as a sign that I really pushed myself and didn't wimp out. Same with drinking where I even got uvilitus from going into a mini-coma for 3 days on a toilet seat after winning a drinking competition. I train the same way. So I can gain weight super fast from eating and drinking like a maniac but also lean down super fast from training like a maniac. Sometimes my mind breaks from all this self-inflicted torture. But I figure that's also a part of strengthening the mind.
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Metabolism plays a huge role. For example, the opposite is true for me. I can easily lose weight, but it was very hard for me to overcome being underweight (it took me several years).
@peachyknees when I was a teen I was very big. I joined the army cadets and lost it all. I'm now a 32 in jeans but I watch what I'm eating
This statements' like Karma vs Dharma: 1 Karma = 1 Dharma? Hell no! Would be too easy. Theorically to erase 1 Karma you must do 10 Dharmas... The count is fastly done