- May 15, 2006
- Loughborough UK
- '03 Skoda Superb (farewell :(), '06 Honda Civic ES
yeah i have big issues with sugar because i have such a sweet tooth. not drinking soda is probably quite easy for me to do though. not sure about supplements, might just leave them. im not doing any gym work....just swimming and dancingMaybe log a couple sessions in the gym - doesn't need to be huge amounts of time; 3 sessions of a half hour to 45 minutes a week, focusing on a certain muscle group really helps. I don't really see the point of spending 2 hours in the gym, trying to do a whole body workout - its a waste, you'll exhaust yourself, and your body won't repair itself efficiently. Focusing on one area or a certain muslce will likely yield better, faster gains for strength and muscle growth - your body focuses on repairing that torn-down area.
As far as nutrition - I'm constantly recommended to eat smaller, nutritious snacks throughout the day, rather than 3 big, filling meals. The larger meals tend to overwhelm your system and drains your endergy as your body concentrates on digestion. Having smaller meals during the course of the day keeps your metabolism up, and energy levels constant. You don't need to totally eliminate fats, but keep an eye on high protein foods: fish, lean beef and chicken are great sources of nutrients and contain high quality protiens (fish especially, with those fatty acids and oils). Stay away from sugars altogether (this is where I'm having issues); try not to drink soda at all, stay away from refined sugar, even fruit juices (fruit by itself is ok). Snack on nuts, which have some kind of beneficial oils, are great for energy and protein. Lots of (fresh) vegetables.
For suppliments - find a good protein isolate (not concentrate). It can take a while to find one that doesn't cause indigestion and tastes tolerable. The isolates (more pure) are a higher concentrate per weight of protein, generally digest faster and easier, and mix much better with milk and water. If you want to really gain mass, you'll pretty much have to take a protein powder, unless you can stomache a lot of steaks in a day.
the food advice sounds good. i usually snack on bananas and apples, but i also get those nutrigrain things as well, theyre pretty good. ill keep the fresh veg in mind, i could increase that easily. meat is well catered for we usually cook up beef, chicken, pork, salmon, cod, tuna, for every evening meal and i usually use fresh cooked meats from the deli/butchers counter rather than the plastic shit they sell in the aisle. at least one meal will be more carbs based usually pasta or something
we probably eat chicken the most just because its always a safe bet even if you have to buy the cheaper stuff (students here!) where as cheap beef/pork can be a little nasty.
as for juices well i usually just drink water, though sometimes cordial and i dont really buy fruit juices coz theyre too expensive for what you get. Aldi however sell a couple of juices that are just 100% squeezed for a good price. their apple juice is just cloudy, the only ingredient is apples.
i like cheese as well, guessing i shouldnt eat tooo much of that either. clogs up ur arteries apparently.
might spend some time to write out like a food plan... so i can see what im doing. maybe one of you guys in the know could check it out for me?