Dietary Questions

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    Jan 11, 2012 12:56 AM GMT
    Hey all,
    So I recently decided to get serious with working out, and as such I'm trying to control what I'm eating. As such, I'm wondering if people could give me some advice.

    I'm pretty much exactly 180lbs right now, give or take a pound either way depending on the day and am 6'1". I've gotten myself leaner from working out and eating right; however, now I want to bulk up with muscle. As such, I previously was eating about 2200~2400 calories a day. However, I was told I should be eating about 2600 if I want to get up to my target weight of 220 lbs, from gaining muscle. As such, I'm wondering how much protein, carbs, etc should I be getting each day? Should I eat less protein on days in between my work outs, or more on those days?

    As well, I'm wondering if anyone knows good foods for helping get more protein, since I'm finding I only get about 120g of protein a day. Is that enough, or what?

    Any answers would be welcome. Thanks.
  • dannyboy1101

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    Jan 11, 2012 3:36 AM GMT
    I'm no expert of nutrition, but really when it boils down to it I think it's a whole lot of guess and check. Everyone's body is different as well as metabolic rates and genetics. I think your best bet is to start with what you estimate is best and track your results. Measure and weigh yourself on a weekly basis. If thats not working, up the intake. You know your body better than anyone here.

    BTW, watch your use of "as such." hahaha

    And now for a post from someone telling you to eat more, eat more, eat more...
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    Jan 11, 2012 4:53 AM GMT
    Some easy foods I use to sneak in extra protein are: Beef Jerky, Protein Shakes, Carnation Instant Breakfast Shakes, Greek Yogurt, TUNA (They make tuna salad kits you can buy for on the go), Nuts (Shelled pumpkin seeds have a lot of protein if you can find them, Protein bars, Eggs, Milk, and String Cheese.

    Its really hard to get enough protein in three meals a day, so I like to snack. Also, I protein load after a workout because there is about an hour after working out where your muscles absorb protein really well.

  • Lincsbear

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    Jan 11, 2012 8:53 AM GMT
    As a general guide, in a muscle building programme, you need to eat about 1.5g of good quality, low fat protein per kg. of body weight. 120g per day seems about right for you at 80 kgs./180 lbs.