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2007/06/18 19:24:42 (permalink)
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Newbie to proper dieting questions

Hi,

New to the forum and have a couple of questions if I may.

Im age 40, 13.5 stone, 5'8", been weight training off and on for 10 years without ever sticking to a healthy diet so I am carryin about 25-30%BF. Im looking to lose some of the fat and expose some of the muscle I hope is hiding underneath!

Ive been following the V2 diet but havent actually lost any weight yet. Im doing a full body routine 3 times a week, preceded by 30 mins of cardio (cross-trainer). Im not able to do cardio first thing in the morning for various reasons.

1. My main question is, are the quantities listed in these diets for the younger male with maybe a slightly higher metabolism, and should calorie intake be reduced for people in the 40+ age category? Would this be why Im having trouble shaking the weight? Or is this slowdown in metabolism as you get older just an old wives tale?

2. Also, Ive never tried a split routine before. Presumably this would help shock my body into making some muscle gains/fat loss?

3. I have a serious ankle problem due to an old footballing injury that makes it difficult for me to do squats or anything that puts excessive weight through the ankle whilst standing and balancing. Im not so bad on the leg press machine. IS it possible to do a slit routine without including squats/deadlist in the routine? ie.e would leg press/leg curls be sufficient?

4. I made and quickly finished off some of BigFellas Protein Bars. Can these form part of a cutting diet and where could they be eaten and what meal would they replace?

Thanks in advance for any replies.

Stu
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    James
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    RE: Newbie to proper dieting questions 2007/06/19 16:36:24 (permalink)
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    Hi mech and welcome

    1) The diet is a sample diet - it is to learn from and will need to be adjusted, any will depend n previous intake - so maybe reduce the portions

    2) For sure try it - maybe ask for one in the Routines forum

    3) Yes that's fine - again the routines experts will help more there

    4) They are quite high cal, so would have to be incorporated correctly - how they would fit in depends on your whole diet.
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    RE: Newbie to proper dieting questions 2007/06/19 19:42:12 (permalink)
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    1. My main question is, are the quantities listed in these diets for the younger male with maybe a slightly higher metabolism, and should calorie intake be reduced for people in the 40+ age category? Would this be why Im having trouble shaking the weight? Or is this slowdown in metabolism as you get older just an old wives tale?


    You should be able to reverse the so called reduction in metabolism by building Lean body mass as it will increase you metabolism.


    1. My main question is, are the quantities listed in these diets for the younger male with maybe a slightly higher metabolism, and should calorie intake be reduced for people in the 40+ age category? Would this be why Im having trouble shaking the weight? Or is this slowdown in metabolism as you get older just an old wives tale?

    Id definately track your calories and reduce if needed, that way it can be adapted to meet your needs.

    "Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
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