Cash saidRestricting calories is often far less important than restricting the KIND of calories you take in.
If you are regularly working out you can often eat as much as you like - assuming you are eating clean.
No one ever got fat off of vegetables. Banana cream pie is another story.
If you are looking to build muscle you need lots of protein.
Once you rev up your metabolism you can burn off just about anything.
You should never go hungry, but avoid crap food and eating out of boredom.
And Dannyboy is absolutely correct - white food in general should be avoided. Rice, bread, pasta. Whole grains shouldn't be a problem and will supply energy for heavy workouts.
^^ Bingo. I second this entire post.
Jon_Alex saidNothing wrong with pasta or rice. People have eaten those things for millennia without issue.
As cash pointed out, it's white
pasta/bread/rice that are the problem.
And it's not really correct to compare today to what people did 1000 or 3000 years ago; people also had shorter life spans then and shorter statures. No, white carbs are not toxic, but they're fattening, particularly in combination to today's sedentary lifestyles, and especially
if you want a beach body. OTOH, if you wanna be "skinny fat", thin with low muscle mass but still considerable flab when you remove your shirt, then go ahead and eat the white carbs.
Just to clarify something about what people ate for millenia: centuries ago, white bread/rice/pasta were a luxury; the poor ate whole grains. In the pre-mechanized world, it took a lot of labor to remove the bran from the grain and produce a purely white grain. Poor people didn't have the time to do that, nor the money to pay someone to do that. The rich did. Of course, the very wealthy were often fat...from European nobility to Chinese emperors.
I'm a believer in eating pretty much everything. I think one of the reasons why so many are overweight today is because they never allow themselves to go hungry.
Awful, awful, awful advice. You should never allow yourself to go too hungry. Provided you're also active, and that you don't eat crap, you should always have something when you're hungry. Starving yourself actually fucks up your metabolism. Your body will burn muscle and try to preserve its fat.
isn't that people eat when they're hungry. It's that they eat crap when they eat. I have an obese friend that wants to lose weight, and despite the advice I've given her, she insists on having "cheat meals" every fucking time I'm around her, and she'll snack on cupcakes, ice cream, cookies, whatever the fuck she finds, in between meals.