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You’re oversimplifying. It does matter where you get the carbs from and a calorie is not a calorie. A calorie is a way for us to physically quantify or measure the physical properties of proteins, fats, and carbs. The problem is that we do that in a vacuum (outside of our biological system) ignoring our physiological responses to those specific calories’ downstream effects. Do you assume that testosterone and estrogen (if taken in identical quantities) would have identical effects? Of course not. You can’t treat calories like they are all the same…it is a measurement.
There is no central calorie counter in the body that gives you an end of the day tally of your day’s caloric intake. The body instead responds to the different momentary fluxes throughout the day and those effects relate to all of the body’s systems. You are wrong on so many fronts I really don’t know where to start.
This post was edited by wimsontide 15 months ago
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I was at 220 when I was at Bama (at 5'7, that is freaking Fat). Senior year, I began P90X and watched what I ate (heavy diet of Tuna, low Carbs) and got down to 195. This was kinda just my beginning stage with a low bank account, but like I said it was a start.
When I moved back home and got a job, I joined a gym and hit it hard for the past 2 years and am down to about 170, benching 300, and workout with weights 5 days a week usually.
One thing I will repeat that others have mentioned, is it's about 80% about your diet and 20% about the gym.
Here is what my daily diet looks like about 6 days a week.
6am = 5 Egg Whites, 1 Egg, Oatmeal, Apple, Protein Shake
9am = Can of Tuna, Half a Sweet Potato
12pm = Chicken Breast, Broccoli, Scoop of Natural Peanut Butter
2pm = Banana, Can of Tuna, Peanuts
6pm (Post-Workout) = Protein Shake (2 scoops), Amino Acid/Carb Shake, Broccoli, Chicken Breast
9pm = Casein Shake
That's about 200 grams of protein a day, and 70-100 grams of carbs. I try to keep my sugar intake down as much as possible. That stuff will make you fat!
I do this for about 6 days a week, and will throw in a cheat meal after church or something on the weekends.
Here is My Workout Schedule:
PS - This is subject to change, I have found that my body shows the most change when I mix it up between lighter weight/higher rep (3 sets 15, 12, 10) and Higher Weight/Lower Rep (3 Sets 10, 8, 6). I will do 6 weeks one way, 6 weeks the other and rotate that schedule. I always, always, always go to failure on each set. When I started doing this, I saw the best results.
Monday = Chest, Triceps, Abs
Tuesday = Back, Biceps
Wednesday = Legs, Shoulders, Abs
Thursday = OFF
Friday = Chest, Triceps, Abs
Saturday = Back, Biceps
Sunday = OFF
Tip = If you are spending 2 hours at the gym, you are either over-doing it or you aren't taking your workout seriously and you are talking to much or checking out chicks too much. Your workout shouldn't go longer than 1 hour (not including cardio).
Cardio = I have found that HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) works best for me. I will get on the Treadmill and sprint for 30 seconds, lightly jog for 45 seconds, sprint for 30, lightly jog for 45 until I've run about 2 miles. I had to build up to be able to do this.
With Cardio, it just depends on the results that I want. If I'm wanting to bulk up, I don't do much cardio. If I'm wanting to cut down fat, I will do some cardio, usually never more than 2 miles a day though.
With Lifting, I always, always, always give my Major Body Parts (legs, back, chest) a 48 hour break in between Sessions. REST is so important and very often forgot about. You don't do your growing on the days you are working out, but on the days you are resting.
If you are wanting to get stronger, build muscle, and get more "swole", then I would eat atleast 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Right now, I am in a fat cutting stage, so I'm eating around 1.25 grams of protein and incorporating Cardio into my diet.
As Far as Pre-Workouts Go, I've tried them all: So far my favorite is "Craze". I liked Assault ok, Superpump ok, 1MR ok, but I liked Craze the best and never got immune to it.
If you are looking to add strength, and bulk, then Creatine is a must. I've worked with it and worked without and notice much higher #'s when I'm using it. Con-Cret is currently my favorite because it does not cause the bloating and water weight that most creatines are known for.
Protein Shakes = I've always used Gold Standard by Optimum Nutrition. I think it's the most widely used, and cookies and Cream is my favorite flavor. I usually mix in some Optimum Nutrition Gold Standard Casein just to give my body that longer last protein it needs.
All in All guys, here's what I'll say I've learned over the past couple of years. Get in a habit. Set aside an hour/hour-and-a-half a day to get in the gym. Your confidence will begin to soar when you see results. Most people hate going to the gym, but it has turned into my favorite place on earth. I get away. I challenge myself, and it just feels great and makes me happier.
But watch the diet, that's really where results come from. If you have any tips or questions, I'm all ears. I love this stuff!
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by Bama Billy 15 months ago
Very detailed Billy and great you have a program that works for you. One suggestion and this is something most people do and that I do not recommend Chest/Tri and Back/Bi--same day. Reason why, when training chest you are already using tri's and by the time you get to the tri workout you have already used up energy, etc and will not be able to maximize that muscle. Same goes for Bi's as back you are already using Bi's. I want to maximize the stress I can on that muscle and if its fatigued and am not able to. Not knocking your deal at all just my 2 cents.
Just got done stuffing my face at CiCi's pizza. I'm just trying to make my before and after pictures more dramatic. Will start resolutions after #15 is in the bag.
Big key to what most people are saying RE:diet, you have to keep your metabolism up all day. So many people skip a meal assuming they'll lose weight but the opposite happens. Metabolism slows down and that big meal at dinner turns into extra LBs because your body is burning the calories/fat/sugar/carbs at a normal rate. You're basically fighting yourself to keep fat off at that point.
I make sure I eat something in the morning when I get to work, then a small snack around 10:30(usually a handful of peanuts or sunflower kernels), then lunch at 12:45, another small snack around 3:00.
What I'm trying to figure out is the best way to eat after work. I hit the weights after work at 5:30/6:00. I drink a protein shake immediately afterwards. My question is, when do I need to eat dinner? With the protein shake? An hour and a half later?
Eat a fast digesting Carb in my opinion right after your workout, and maybe a light chicken breast and some veggies (depending on how full you are).
You can google fast digesting carbs, I usually eat a banana or some kind of fruit for my fast acting carb directly after training.
I just started P90x again. I did it two years ago and went from 210 to 190 in 5 weeks (I'm 6'2"). I did the diet and everything last time. My problem was, that once I stopped, I stopped everything and started eating horribly again. Now I'm back up to 219.
This time I'm going to go a little easier and try to sustain it longer. I don't care about building muscle mass and just want to be fit. I'm not going to do the P90 diet as it was too hard to keep up. I plan on just eating unprocessed food and avoiding fast food. Fruits, vegtables, whole grains, and fresh meat and fish.
We'll see how it goes. The myFitnessPal app is great by the way. It really helps you pay attention to what you eat. You will really hate logging anything you shouldn't have ate.
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I read about drinking chocolate milk right after working out to avoid crashing. It really helped me. I understood that it was comparable to the recovery drinks that you would pay a lot more for. Also, right after you work out, your body uses the sugar to promote muscle repair.
Not gonna make a significant difference assuming you eat the same amounts throughout the day. Really isn't that drastic of an effect
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