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2007/06/11 15:54:45 (permalink)
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Diet on a budget.

Hi there!

I'm new here but got linked here by someone else :)

Been going to the gym for a few months now. Generally I go atleast 3 times a week...For a while I wasn't noticing any change in size in my arms (I was measuring) and my diet was awful...somne days all I would eat was a slice of toast, a banana, and then some chicken and veg in the evening after a work out. I improved my diet a bit but it still wasn't great...

One of the largest problems for me is a) discipline but b) I'm on a tight budget.

I'm a full time student and running my own home so money is tight...What I'm looking for are meals on a budget for building muscle. Is it possibel to bulk on £20 a week say. Any recommendatiosn on diet?

thanks, Ryan.

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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 15:56:57 (permalink)
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 16:10:11 (permalink)
    Superb! thanks very much :D I should have tried searching first lol! Sorry!

    hmm...I really need to stop eating out...lol!

    If I am to eat out every now and then, as I go for pub lunches with friends a lot, is there anything in particular to eat or not eat?

    Just how bad is drinking alcohol for training? I mean if I train during the week and then drink one night at the weekends (being a student it is rather excessive! lol) woudl taht damage my chances of gains too much?

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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 16:11:47 (permalink)
    To be honest Ryan, you are on about having a budget, yet will spend money on p*ssing up against a wall on a weekend.
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 16:18:06 (permalink)
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    hmm...I really need to stop eating out...lol!

    If money is that much of an issue, yes you do.


    If I am to eat out every now and then, as I go for pub lunches with friends a lot, is there anything in particular to eat or not eat?

    Just be sensible and use your head. Burgers and chips followed by the choc fudge cake isn't all that constructive from a bodybuilding point of view.


    Just how bad is drinking alcohol for training? I mean if I train during the week and then drink one night at the weekends (being a student it is rather excessive! lol) woudl taht damage my chances of gains too much?

    I've got to agree with gaz here. By all means enjoy life, but you have got to decide which you want most. Your "Excessive Drinking" even if you have 6 pints, thats easily around £15 and if you drink more, add the post-drinking kebab and you could spend more in one night then you do on the rest of your diet in the entire week. There's nothing to stop you having a drink with your mates, but cutting down on how much you drink would leave you more money to spend on quality food.
    post edited by Irie - 2007/06/11 16:21:47
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 16:35:06 (permalink)
    Yeah I see your point lads :)

    I don't tend to spend too much on alcohol when I'm out as I tend to drink before I go out. I tend to have a half bottle of jim beam mixed with coke and I have a friend who lives in jersey so get's the litre bottles for £7.50 so the spending on alcohol isn't too big a problem...the main reason I can't afford food is the money I spend on petrol! Purely in terms of building muscle would that much drinking do any harm? I wish I could cut it out completely but all of my mates drink so it owuld be difficult not to.

    Thanks, Ryan.
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 17:18:01 (permalink)
    Just reading up on a load of stuff particulalrly articles by toxic toffee...It's quite interesting...But sound slike a lot of hard work to sort my diet out!

    Still...I'm going to try and come up with something and see how much it costs...if I have to make sacrifices for good food then so be it!

    I'll update when I've sorted soemthing...

    Oh and I keep reading about whey protein...where is a good place to get this? Is there much point in training until I've sorted my diet properly? As it seems it's going to take some time to research...Would ti limit the gaisn I will get when I do start eating properly? Next step the routine :D
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 18:08:47 (permalink)
    whey can be bought from the bulk suppliers like www.myprotein.co.uk
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 18:39:19 (permalink)
    Thanks :)

    hmm...thinking in terms of diet...


    Breakfast
    50g oats with water
    2 whole eggs (boiled I presume?)

    Mid morning
    Small handful of mixed nuts
    Piece of fruit
    Small whey shake in skimmed milk

    Lunch
    Tuna in pitta bread
    Salad selection

    Before training
    banana...Would this be necessary I added this?

    After training
    Whey shake in water
    2 Weetabix

    Early evening meal
    chicken portion/steak
    Basmati rice or wholemeal pasta
    mixed veg (broccoli, green beans, cauliflower etc.)


    Small serving cottage cheese
    Slice wholegrain bread with peanut butter

    A few questions about the above...I've gone with the diet suggested for teenagers. The whey shakes whata rethey exactly? Just whey with milk/water mixed together? What mixture would be the right ammoutn or do I just go by what it says on the packet? Is steak ok to eat witht he evening meal? As for chicken...how many chicken breasts woudl be reasoanbel to eat or steaks? Also woudl it be necessary to eat a banana before training or can I skip that? I added it myself. And fianlly would the tuna in pitta bread just be tinned stuff emptied out into the pitta bread?

    P.S My stats are:

    Age: 19
    Weight: 12.5stone
    Height: 6ft

    Any others I should give? Oh yeah also I'm a t5 paraplegic...So have no motor function in my legs or most of my abdominals. So would I need to eat as much? DOn't want to become a fat bloater! lol!

    All advice much appreciated :)
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 18:48:14 (permalink)
    Can you give some portion sizes? ? ?

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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 18:53:01 (permalink)
    hehe! I had a feeling that was going to happen from rpevious threads I read lol!

    erm I'll try working it out but I'm not too sure on what would be good for my size etc.?

    Or do I need to do more reading! lol!
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/11 22:11:51 (permalink)
    Breakfast
    50g oats with water
    2 whole eggs (boiled I presume?)

    Mid morning
    Small handful of mixed nuts
    Piece of fruit apple
    Small whey shake in skimmed milk 20g whey

    Lunch
    Tuna in pitta bread 1 tin in 1 pitta bread 100g tuna.
    Salad selection

    Before training
    banana...Would this be necessary I added this?

    After training
    Whey shake in water 40g whey
    2 Weetabix

    Early evening meal
    chicken portion/steak ! breast or steak so 300g at a rough guess
    Basmati rice or wholemeal pasta 50g
    mixed veg (broccoli, green beans, cauliflower etc.) 50g


    Small serving cottage cheese 1tb spoon
    Slice wholegrain bread with peanut butter

    Is that sufficient?
    post edited by Ryanm8655 - 2007/06/11 22:14:29
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/12 18:56:35 (permalink)
    Right chaps I've been shooping and got plenty of the right foods...I hope!

    Ive bought
    5x110g turkey steaks
    3x chicken breats
    11xtuna tins
    6xpitta breads (wholemeal)
    700g of peanut butter
    300g cashew nuts
    450g cottage cheese
    3kg Basmalti Rice.
    16 eggs
    2kg oats
    3l skimmed milk (uht)

    Also ordered 2.2kg of chocolate flavoured whey from myprotein.co.uk whihc should be here in a day or so!

    Is that enough of the right foods to make a decent diet out of or is there somehting I've missed?

    ALreayd got loads of frozen veg ready for steaming.

    cheers, Ryan
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/12 19:18:40 (permalink)
    one question, what kind of veg?
    post edited by theiopener - 2007/06/12 19:19:10
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    RE: Diet on a budget. 2007/06/12 20:32:12 (permalink)
    mixed veg. So runner beans, sweet corn, cauliflower, broccoli, that kind of thing.
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