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2005/07/28 15:49:17 (permalink)
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BIG diet problems, what to do?

As I'm sure that a few of you have read, I'm having all these problems with the squits at the moment (oi - stop laughing!).

I'm pretty sure it's down to my whey powder, and for all I know it could be the brand, or it could be the whey itself - apparently 7% of bodybuilders that use whey suffer with diarreah.

I'm thinking maybe I should ditch the whey, but I wonder how much this will affect my gaining, because of the speed with which it can replace glycogen stores first thing in the morning and post-workout.

My wife's read quite a few thing that hit me as quite scary, like having your protein to other foods ratio over 35% increases your risk of cancer - I'm trying to cut so unfortunately I have high protein, low carb. It's common knowledge that Atkin's can cause depression because of the low carbs, and I have a depressive nature, and am in fact going to the Doc's later to ask for some meds. I've become really freaked out about this whole thing, trying to find cheap varied sources of protein, and so far all I do is eat bloody tuna, or the occasional packet of chicken breasts that I get cheap.

Also, she's come across stuff that says high protein intake in general can cause gall bladder and colon problems, colon and rectal cancer.

My diet is:

Morning - 1 scoop of whey in water, 3 slices of whole grain toast with mashed up banana

A bit later, I have another scoop with whey in milk.

After the gym, I have another scoop of whey in water, followed by a tuna wrap, with 2-2.5 cans of tuna in it

Bit later, more whey in milk with some fruit, maybe a bag of crisps

Evening and it's another tuna wrap as before.

Sometimes instead of the wrap, I'll have a tuna salad with a little pasta in it instead.

There's at content in the low fat mayo, so I've got fat, carbs and protein in my diet - but I'm still trying to shift those few pounds that have refused to move for months. Any nutritional specialists here such as Toxic Toffee, I'd really like your take on if you think my carbs are too low, bearing mind that I'm trying to cut - am I right in saying that not enough carbs can make the weight difficult to shift because of starvation mode? How much is 'not enough'?

I just feel completely lost in it all, and hopeless that I can't shift the weight at the same time as sh1tting myself inside out and so losing valuable protein and other nutrients. Please help me guys, I just don't know what to do.
post edited by groovemeister - 2005/07/28 15:52:20
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    cliff_vtr
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    RE: BIG diet problems, what to do? 2005/07/28 16:14:20 (permalink)
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    - more fruit/veg, these are low cal, keep you full and full of vits and minerals

    - more good fats, why not include oily fish such as salmon or mackeral, flaxseeds are also a good source of efas.

    - more decent carbs around training, carbs are your fuel, you wouldnt attempt to freewheel your car to work, hoping the 1 drop of petrol will be enough, so dont freewheel your body, fuel with carbs.

    - more VARIETY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I wouldnt say its the whey, maybe you have an intolerence, I recently discovered can no longer drink milk.

    If the fat isnt shifting try upping the cardio
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    RE: BIG diet problems, what to do? 2005/07/28 17:23:26 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the reply - I've recently dropped the cardio; I was going every day that I wasn't doing weights to do an hour's cardio, but it's like I overloaded my body... I was so tired all the time, so I just do 20 mins after my weights now.

    I'm a fruit monster, but I've had to cut back because of the squits - believe me, if I can ditch the squitrs, I'll be on the fruit, but at the moment it's just not an option.

    Unfortunately I hate fish - I can manage tuna as it is, plus other fish is really expensive (with the possible exception of salmon, which I really hate). I do take a couple of omega 3 caps a day and an A-Z multi vitamin.

    Flaxseed and stuff sounds good, but the problem really is the money - I've just put my car up for sale and I'm going to have to get an old banger instead for the time being. I have two kids and a missus and I can't work (long story, Asperger's Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; I have a job getting to the gym, I can only go when it's quiet).

    God, the more I type this, the more depressed I feel - am I f**ked?
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    RE: BIG diet problems, what to do? 2005/07/28 17:33:13 (permalink)
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    flaxseed is £2 for a 250g box which lasts months, just grind enough seeds for a couple of weeks and store in a plastic container.

    Use process of elimation to find the offending food, cut one food out each week, if no change re-introduce it and take another out instead.

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    RE: BIG diet problems, what to do? 2005/07/28 18:30:22 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the tips, but the problem is bigger than needing an oil supplement... I've found whey really handy and if the squits are cos of the whey, I need an alternative if there is one. I mean, what can you have for brekkie that's proteinous bar eggs (which upset my stomach - I'm like one of those wimpy people with all those allergies that no-one likes on TV shows - I even annoy myself!)?

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