Cutting Diet Help?

  • titojtd

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    Jan 26, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    Right now I'm in a phase where I'm trying to lose fat while maintaining muscle (though not necessarily focused on gaining a lot at the moment). I know the only way that I'm going to do this is by addressing my diet and keeping muscle (to keep the metabolism up).

    So here's what I do:

    - I eat a vegan diet (no animal products), and I tend to gravitate towards grains, sweets, fruit, and healthy fats. I know I should eat more veggies but the never really satisfy my body calorically-wise (obviously) so I usually don't bother with them. Right now I try to eat a higher portion of fruit so that I get satisfied but still have a little room to eat more. I also eat enough healthy fat throughout the day to keep me satisfied and to keep my testosterone boosted (Google search it). I do love my sweets and eat them when I need an energy/calorie boost, which is usually a few times a day. Up until this point I haven't been worried about the sweets because I figure it's the calories that matter most, right? And on top of this I do get enough protein throughout the day.

    - I do full-body weight lifting usually every other day. I'm training for bulk/size so I'm doing lighter weights with higher reps (usually 12-15) with four sets. Currently I'm doing no cardio.

    Critiques and suggestions would be most appreciated!


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    Jan 27, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    Simple: cut out all the salt (use lemon juice and herbs for flavor), refined sugars, and the alcohol.
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    Jan 27, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    I get by on salt, refined sugar and alcohol only...
  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 27, 2011 1:37 AM GMT
    titojtd said And on top of this I do get enough protein throughout the day.


    Yeah, you're gonna want to elaborate on that.
    The short answer is count your calories, keep them low (but healthy, say 20-25% below whole body maintenance, or around lean mass maintenance) and eat a tone more *complete* protein. Do that while keeping everything else in line (vitamins, fiber, etc.) and make sure that ton of protein is taken in forms that you can process. (e.g. whey protein [I know won't use it, but it's an example] is great, but burns quickly, if you take too much at a sitting you won't be able to process it.)

    So that's basically it: count your calories and count your complete protein. Harder to do while vegan, but c'est la vie.
  • neosyllogy

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    Jan 27, 2011 1:39 AM GMT
    marcobruno1978 saidSimple: cut out all the salt (use lemon juice and herbs for flavor), refined sugars, and the alcohol.


    Where do you people get this stuff?
    And why do you think it's a good idea to give it to people as advice?
  • titojtd

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    Jan 27, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Thanks for the advice!

    To neosyllogy: how much is enough protein? I always make sure that I get complete protein but I've heard wild things like 1g of protein per pound of body weight and surely this can't be right icon_eek.gif (?). After getting maybe closer to 40g of protein within a day my body says "no more protein!". So how much are you talking about?
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    Jan 28, 2011 11:19 PM GMT
    titojtd saidThanks for the advice!

    To neosyllogy: how much is enough protein? I always make sure that I get complete protein but I've heard wild things like 1g of protein per pound of body weight and surely this can't be right icon_eek.gif (?). After getting maybe closer to 40g of protein within a day my body says "no more protein!". So how much are you talking about?


    That's not nearly enough. You should be getting at least 0.7g / kilogram (not pound) as a recommended minimum. At 40g, you're still not even getting the recommended dose for a sedentary person.

    Personally, I shoot for 150g even when I'm trying to drop fat, but that's probably on the excessive side.