What is the best diet?

  • MattyC0709

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    Feb 15, 2008 8:25 PM GMT

    I'm new at bodybuilding and I'd like to get a more muscular body. I'm thinking of starting out at a gym, but i have no idea how i should plan meals, what stuff i should eat or what supplements (if any) i should take.

    Help me out please! 10x icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
  • MattyC0709

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    Feb 15, 2008 8:54 PM GMT
    BTW, also if you find any dieting programmes or supplement lists on RJ (or any other) which are suitable for beginners, pls lemme know.

    Thanks agen! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2008 5:06 AM GMT
    something like the South Beach diet but with more protein. In short, no sugar in any form (that also means no fruit if you're trying to lose fat), no carbs, like no bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, etc). Basically low carb works great!
  • NYCguy74

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    Feb 19, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    well at 6'0 and 128 pounds (if profile is correct), i'm guessing loosing fat isn't a concern.

    at least 150-200 grams of protein a day from lean sources-chicken breast, turkey, fish, egg whites, protein powder. some fat free milk.

    watch your fats, try to make them good (olive oil, nuts, etc...) not bad (butter, fried foods)

    go for whole grain. (100% whole wheat bread, brown rice)

    I'm guessing you have a pretty high metabolism, so just a guess close to 3500 calories a day. maybe up to 4000.

    figure out what you're eating normally, and add 500 calories a day to add a pound a week. also keep in mind that working out will up your base calorie needs.

    Don't go overboard on the cardio, you'll start working against yourself.
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    Feb 19, 2008 10:45 AM GMT
    Go to any good muscle board. Bodybuilding.com has literally hundreds of diets. Under the bodybuilder's of the week, of which there are a couple hundred in each class, you'll find their diets.

    Building muscle is about local muscular endurance, and calories, and recovery, and genes, and stimulation, for the most part.

    It's important to keep your carbs up if you're trying to gain, as they are protein sparing and your body's preferred source of energy.

    Post workout and first thing in the morning, faster sugars are important for recovery, getting your blood sugar up and metabolism going, and for driving your appetitive with a bit of insulin swing.

    At 6' and 128 pounds, as indicated in the part of your profile that's completed, it would indicate you aren't getting nearly enough calories. You need to throw some generous helpings of healthy fats, along with copious carbs (of all kinds), and plenty of protein into your diet. For you, carbs, and more carbs, would be the order of the day.

    And, finally, you need to change your mindset to one that anything worth doing should be worth doing well. You need to get pictured and profiled, for beginners. It's very disrespectful to ask for advice and to come to the game so unprepared.
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    Feb 19, 2008 10:48 AM GMT
    As a beginner wory more about your training and yuor diet you will make the gains. Get them right and spend your pennies on a decent trainer worry about the supplements when yuo need them and they have their place
  • MattyC0709

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    Feb 19, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    To Dodger and NYCguy74:

    Thanks for your replies, i'll see what i can come up with.

    To chuckystud:

    I've checked out Bodybuilding.com, and yes der r many articles about diets and stuff. Also thanks for d other stuff you said about calories. Also I'm very sorry if i disrespected you or anyone else by being so unprepared, but i'm still thinking of going to a gym to seriously get fitter, and i want to start properly, not waste 3 months without any gain.

    To bfg1:

    Thank you also for your add. I was thinking also that i may not need any fancy diets, but i decided to put up this post to get some opinions from others. Also i might try 'investing' in a trainer (im still a student, so i dont have loads of money to waste), or maybe just a consultation, i dunno, but its a gr8 idea.

    so 10x every1, now i should see what workout program i should start on... probably the strong and lean, unless you have any suggestions, which would be greatly appriciated.

    Thanks! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Feb 19, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    Well one of the best off the shelf packages of routine and diet guidance in my opinion is New Rules of Liftung Alwynn Cosgrove and Lou Schuler 2 greats in the name of fitness. Its a well structured book that will cater for all the phases you are likely to need as a beginner.

    As for a trainer well if you cant afford alot I would go for one once a month or once every 6 weeks to keep you inspired, on track, with good form and motivated. Get him to set you targets ie % increase in weights $ increase in muscle size. That way you know if you do the work and the eating your money is paying off.

    I know people now that are actually trainer sharing as well as they are only looking to the PT for form advice they seem quite happy to do this and it works well for the guys when working out in between sessions.