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2011/03/24 00:59:21 (permalink)
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How important is a proper diet?

Hey guys, new here and very new to weight lifting to please be kind :)
 
I see lots of people talking about how important a diet is, it seems the diet is more important then the actual weight lifting lol. So im here to tell you guys my "diet" if I can even call it that and I need some advice.
 
I'm a uni student on a major low budget. I have like £30 a week to spend on food and at the moment this is what im eating.
 
Morning: Bowl of cereal or couple slices of brown bread.
Noon: Some fridged meat or a burger from the cafe.
Afternoon: 2 tins of tuna in brine.
Eveneing: Some more chicken with rice and potatoes.
 
Im being totally honest and sometimes I dont even get to eat this much... im not looking to "body build" I just want to strip what little fat I have left on me and get what muscles I have on me to a decent size.
 
If I keep eating like this and with the use of protein shakes will I see results or will I kind of be going around in a circle?
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 01:41:47 (permalink)
    rightupmystreetI'm a uni student on a major low budget. I have like £30 a week to spend on food and at the moment this is what im eating.
    Morning: Bowl of cereal or couple slices of brown bread.
    Noon: Some fridged meat or a burger from the cafe.
    Afternoon: 2 tins of tuna in brine.
    Eveneing: Some more chicken with rice and potatoes.
    You have no money, but can afford to pay someone to prepare food for you?
    Learn to cook. Raw materials are cheap. Read the sticky threads in this forum to learn about value-for-money foods.
    P.S. Tinned tuna ain't an oily fish. Tinned sardines & smoked mackerel are.
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 04:20:22 (permalink)
    I agree with Nige on the burger,
     
    Diet plays a big role, but you need both to achieve your goal.
    Lentils are cheap and are a great source of complex carbs, can throw a load of veg in and make enough so you can freeze some for another day(s).
     
    If you check your local Tesco on the meat shelfon the bottom they usually discount the produce that is close to expiry date, i have got some super bargains from there.
     
    all the following last me a week and come to less than £30
    I usually buy 3 packs of chicken breast for £10
    broccoli is 98p i usually buy 3
    spinach is like £1
    Lentils
    red onions
    cottage cheese
    Quorn fillets think its 3 bags for £5
    oats
    bananas
    some times macarel but i hate fish, hold my nose and eat it lol.
     
    Its boring but im getting results. just some ideas anyway hope it helps.

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 09:33:56 (permalink)
    find a local butcher, when I was at uni it was much cheaper than buying meat at a supermarket.
     
    Also, complex carbs are cheap, things like oats, lentils etc.
     
    £30 is more than enough if you ask me, you just need to look around a bit.
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 13:40:24 (permalink)
    See I dont even know what lentils are and my cooking skills are terrible, are you talking bot lentil soup? I'll have a look around but I tend to never cook, I normally just eat stuff thats ready to eat, liked fridged meat or steaks that only take 2 mins to fry.
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 13:45:35 (permalink)
    Yep, diet is very important. £30 is enough. I'm also at Uni and have a tight budget. Here's what I typically buy every week.
     
    Protein
    £6 - Chicken/Turkey 'A' Class Fillets (1kg)
    £2 - Lean Steak Mince Meat (500g)
    £1.50 - 15 Eggs
    £2.80 - 4 tubs of Quark
     
    Carbs
    £2 - Sweet Potatoes (5 or 6 in a sack)
    £4 - Tilda Basmati Rice (Will last ages)
    £1.50 - Oatmeal (Will last a month)
     
    Veggies/Fruit
    £1.50 - Frozen Broccoli (1kg)
    £0.68 - Tin of Green Giant Sweetcorn
    £1 - Mushrooms
    £0.40 - Tin of chopped tomatoes
     
    Fats
    £1.90 - Whole Earth Peanut Butter
    £1.16 - Cashews
     
    That works out £24.94

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 15:38:08 (permalink)
    Dr Pepper

    Yep, diet is very important. £30 is enough. I'm also at Uni and have a tight budget. Here's what I typically buy every week.

    Protein
    £6 - Chicken/Turkey 'A' Class Fillets (1kg)
    £2 - Lean Steak Mince Meat (500g)
    £1.50 - 15 Eggs
    £2.80 - 4 tubs of Quark

    Carbs
    £2 - Sweet Potatoes (5 or 6 in a sack)
    £4 - Tilda Basmati Rice (Will last ages)
    £1.50 - Oatmeal (Will last a month)

    Veggies/Fruit
    £1.50 - Frozen Broccoli (1kg)
    £0.68 - Tin of Green Giant Sweetcorn
    £1 - Mushrooms
    £0.40 - Tin of chopped tomatoes

    Fats
    £1.90 - Whole Earth Peanut Butter
    £1.16 - Cashews

    That works out £24.94

     
    Thanks alot everything here I like accept for oatmeal cos ive never tried it. is it like cereal or something? But I find it hard to belive that you can make 4 - 5 meals a day for 7 days and make it last... Would you mind telling me what your typical day consists of in terms of the food you have provided. Thanks alot
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 15:56:40 (permalink)
    Crelding

    find a local butcher, when I was at uni it was much cheaper than buying meat at a supermarket.

    Also, complex carbs are cheap, things like oats, lentils etc.

    £30 is more than enough if you ask me, you just need to look around a bit.

     
    butchers are way more expensive than supermarkets mate, that's why they're all disappearing.

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 18:06:22 (permalink)
    rightupmystreet

    Dr Pepper

    Yep, diet is very important. £30 is enough. I'm also at Uni and have a tight budget. Here's what I typically buy every week.

    Protein
    £6 - Chicken/Turkey 'A' Class Fillets (1kg)
    £2 - Lean Steak Mince Meat (500g)
    £1.50 - 15 Eggs
    £2.80 - 4 tubs of Quark

    Carbs
    £2 - Sweet Potatoes (5 or 6 in a sack)
    £4 - Tilda Basmati Rice (Will last ages)
    £1.50 - Oatmeal (Will last a month)

    Veggies/Fruit
    £1.50 - Frozen Broccoli (1kg)
    £0.68 - Tin of Green Giant Sweetcorn
    £1 - Mushrooms
    £0.40 - Tin of chopped tomatoes

    Fats
    £1.90 - Whole Earth Peanut Butter
    £1.16 - Cashews

    That works out £24.94


    Thanks alot everything here I like accept for oatmeal cos ive never tried it. is it like cereal or something? But I find it hard to belive that you can make 4 - 5 meals a day for 7 days and make it last... Would you mind telling me what your typical day consists of in terms of the food you have provided. Thanks alot

     
    Yeah no problem. Something similar to this:
     
    Breakfast:
    Coffee
    Oatmeal with Honey to flavour
    Protein Shake
     
    Mid-breakfast:
    Half large chicken breast
    Sweet potato
    Broccoli
    1 boiled egg
     
    Lunch:
    Same as above + handful of nuts
     
    Snack:
    Greek Yogurt + Honey (I never added this to the list. 500g cost £2, high in protein)
    Protein Shake
    Fruit
     
    Dinner:
    Minced steak meat
    Chopped tomatoes
    Basmati Rice
    Sweetcorn
     
    Bed:
    Half tub of quark with a little protein sprinkled on top for flavour.
    Tablespoon of Peanut butter
     
    This will definitely stretch out for at least 5 days. You may need to top up on things, such as Sweet Potatoes and another pack of Lean Steak Mince. But that's about it really. Good luck! :)

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 18:13:50 (permalink)
    bloomin ek dr peper, i eat that protein in a day!
     
    butcher is cheaper than supermarket btw, where can you get 5kg chicken for £20 in a supermarket?
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 20:59:46 (permalink)
    lol. It's pretty good for a tight budget though.

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 21:16:52 (permalink)
    Thanks Dr.Pepper :)
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 22:58:19 (permalink)
    Yeah, as has been discussed diet is absolutely important, i would argue slightly more important than actually hitting the gym. IMO about 55:45.
     
    £30 will go a long way mate - it pays to shop around if you have time / variety of shops. For example you can get 4 decent size fresh chicken breasts at iceland for £2.99, also take advantage of BOGOF's or other promotions.
     
    Some Key foods...
     
    Quark - generally 70p, tin of sardines around 40p, mackerel 70p, nairns oatcakes 89p, wholemeal breadbuns, loafs, seafood sticks £1, cottage cheese 69p, porridge oats (often deals on scotts quaker oats etc,) usually 2kg for £2, low fat yoghurt 50p,15 (caged) eggs for £1.50 (as was mentioned), value tins of tuna 45p etc
     
    Also take advantage of aldi, lidl, netto etc. you can get natural mixed nuts (all kinds - cashews, brazils, pecans etc) for around £1
     
    Also look for frozen fish - tuna, haddock, salmon etc - much cheaper than fresh and IMO tastes just as good.
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/24 23:17:22 (permalink)
    swordfish

    bloomin ek dr peper, i eat that protein in a day!

    butcher is cheaper than supermarket btw, where can you get 5kg chicken for £20 in a supermarket?


    ASDA do 5kg of frozen breast fillets for £17.50. Aldi do something similar. The butcher's stuff probably tastes a little nicer I'm sure, but having done a few comparisons myself I have found that supermarkets are nearly always cheaper, particularly if you're prepared to buy whatever's on offer meatwise when you visit.

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/25 05:38:54 (permalink)
    supermarkets are around the same price as the butchers around here, supermarkets a little pricier on chicken but taste is incomparible and im sure the butchers stuff has less water etc
     
    eating for £30 a week? not for me!

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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/25 12:12:12 (permalink)
    A solid diet is pivotal.
     
    30 quid will get you far but it may be a bit bland, you can always spice it up with some additional extras but I'd stick with the basics first.
     
    I've certainly been there, money wise. I usually stuck with a cheap carb source that I could buy in bulk, so oats. Protein wise, there was a fantastic chart on here somewhere that showed you how much bang you can get for your buck, I'd recommend checking it out if your a bit tight for cash, but, it can be done. You can improve your diet significantly for the same money.
     
    Also, as mentioned, I'd avoid the burger van. Wasted money and calories.
     
    All the best :D
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    Re:How important is a proper diet? 2011/03/25 12:24:54 (permalink)
    How heavy are you OP?
     
    For breaky make a smoothy using; milk powder, oats, banana, some oil (olive).
     
    You can make a 1000kcal smoothy for about under a quid. If you not that big that could be 1/3 - 1/4 of your kcal needs for less than a quid a day.
     
    Rice is cheap. Cook of a load then add meat and veg/salad. Add a little good oil too. Plus you can flavour it cheap.
     
    30quid is tight for sure, but most people should be able to achive most goals with it.
     
    Off course if your 6'2" and 250lbs of muscle then yes you may struggle to get enough food for you to grow
     
     
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