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2006/07/12 13:37:23 (permalink)

Need some advice

Ok, I'm 23 about 5ft 11 and weight 14.6. At my heaviest one year ago I weighed 16st 4. Within the last 3 months I've have lost about another stone.

What I'm after is some advice from anyone who can help me. The problem I'm having is trying to find a balance between low calories to shrink my fat but eat a high amount of calories to fuel my weight training.

I can see and feel a noticeable difference in the size of my muscles across my body and take protein supplements three times a day, keeping a decent amount of natural proteins in my diet also.

I'm dedicated and exercise every day now and as such I'm very keen to do this right.

My typical calorie intake in a day is about 300 for breakfast, about 500 for lunch and about 500 again for tea. This is obviously a pretty low calorie intake expecially for someone who is following a body bulding workout routine.

If there some kind of balance I should get here. My goal os pretty much total body transformation and long term I'm committed to doing it. I just need to know the best way to go about it. Low calorie and lose weight doing cardio vascular exercice (which apprently is not good for muscle growth)? Or high calorie and build muscle which will in turn burn fat.

Stuck. Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 13:44:35 (permalink)
    I'll move this for better responses
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 13:47:09 (permalink)
    Hi there.

    Welcome to MT.

    Are you actually looking to lose fat or bulk? ? ?
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 13:49:47 (permalink)
    I think you need to decide which you want more to add size or cut. If your fairly overweight you should probabaly go on a gradual cut, whilst trying to maintain the muscle you have. You may even make some subtle gains. Once you have got your bodyfat to a level you are happy with you could go on a more out right bulk.
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:01:59 (permalink)
    I definately want to lose the fat around my stomach and on my chest. I work pretty damn hard when I'm working out and push myself as hard as possible. The muscle is showing through on my shoulders, arms and chest, but theres still quite a fair bit of fat to go. I'm quite big naturally anyway, I have big shoulders and have decent muscle mass from weight training I did a couple of years ago, although it was not the most high quality workout routine.

    If i'm completely honest, I need to lose fat but would hate to have to stop working out on my weights or even cut down on them to support it.

    Is this what we're basically saying? If I want to lose fat, I need to keep the calories low and cardio-vascular high, even if it to the dertiment of my muscle gain?
    post edited by mivec - 2006/07/12 14:03:23
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:05:56 (permalink)
    I don't see any need to eliminate or reduce wieght training. Infact it will aid in fatloss through increased expenditure through having more energy consuming muscle. It should also increase calorie buring through increase EPOC. IMO cut, if gains are modest or non exisitant, your physique will still make positive changes through fatloss. If you cut effectively you will probabaly look bigger.
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:09:51 (permalink)
    Ok mate. I appreciate your help.

    ATM I weight train on average 2 days on one day off sometimes taking two days off. On weight training days I run for about 10 minutes pre-workout and on non workout days I run for half an hour.

    Keep this up with a calorific intake of around 1000-1200 p/day?

    Sounds like a good idea?

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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:20:30 (permalink)
    Whoa, no mate it does't sound right 1000-1200 isn't enough calories. Its a sure way to lose muscle. Post you current diet, it needs sorted.
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:28:49 (permalink)
    My diet sucks. I’m really going into this ill advised it would appear. I REALLY appreciate your help here.

    7.00 am two slices granary toast w/butter
    Whey supplement

    10.30 am Piece of fruit

    12.00 Bowl of cereal – Special K/All Bran
    Piece of Fruit

    15.00 Piece of fruit.

    18.00 Evening meal to be anything from Spaghetti Bolognaise / Chicken dinner with vegetables

    19.00 10 minute cardio followed by approx 60 – 75 minute weight training exercise / followed by whey
    supplement
    Non weight training day – 30 minute cardio workout

    Bed time about 11.30 ish.

    Having seen other peoples diets I'm almost ashamed to post this hehe. It would seem I've been pulling myself in the wrong directions. Eating low thinking it will help me lose weight, and weight training at the same time.

    Once again thanks for your time.
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    RE: Need some advice 2006/07/12 14:35:04 (permalink)
    I think you should have a look at some of the sample diets and read these two links:

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/Bodybuilding_for_the_Beginner%21/m_2245/tm.htm

    http://www.muscletalk.co.uk/Building_your_House_%2D_New_to_the_gym%3F/m_1101455/tm.htm

    I could give you specific advice on youir diet, but I think you need to understand the principles first. You should find these threads useful. If you need anything explained just post.
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