All Natural vs. Supplements

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    Jun 23, 2008 9:43 PM GMT
    So....when I first started weight training I consumed about 1 - 2 protein shake supplements a day, one before working out and one after. I noticed some gains in muscle mass, but not as much as I would've liked seeing. So everytime I finished one container of protein, I would switch to another brand to see how well that one may work compared to others. So I can clearly say that I have tried about 10 different brands of proteins.

    After not seeing any signicant difference, personally, I decided to stop taking supplements and go "all-natural." Now I am usually having 3 eggs in the morning with a cup of coffee and yogurt. And after the workout about 2 cans of tuna with tortilla chips and milk. I have seen a change in body composition after this change, but I still want more mass!

    SO, what do you guys recommend in adding muscle mass, and not the fat??

    I NEED HELP!!icon_confused.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 6:33 AM GMT
    Hoodie....first of all you have to realize it's a slow process! From the looks of it, at 5'10" and 146lbs, you are hard gainer anyway because of your naturally high metabolism so that's going to make it even tougher. If you don't already have a workout partner, I suggest you get one because you're going to need to push as heavy weights as you can with good form and a spotter is essential for that. Stick to basic mass building exercises for a while and when you hit the gym, hit it hard and get out of there. Muscles grow with proper rest and nutrition not repeated long drawn out workouts.

    As far as nutrition goes, you need to eat clean and eat often. You should be able to make great gains without spending a lot of money on supplements if you eat properly. Start at 3,000 calories a day and divide that over 6 meals at 500 calories each. You'll basically be eating about every three hours. Make sure your protein/carb/fat ratio each meal is 40/40/20 or 50/30/20. Your protein sources need to be lean....lean cuts of red meat, chicken, turkey, fish, eggs (whites). Carbs should be whole grain foods (wheat bread, wheat pasta, brown rice, oatmeal) and veggies. Fat sources should be low saturated fats like olive, sunflower or flax oil, fish and seafood or nuts. Limit your intake of added refined sugar which means read your food labels and if sugar is listed as an ingredient it's been ADDED and you should skip it along with anything with High Fructose Corn Syrup. NATURAL sugar like that in fresh fruit and some veggies is OK. Some whole grain cereals will have sugar in them but not ADDED sugar so those are fine too. AND make sure you get between 25 and 35 grams of fiber every day.

    If you eat like this and train HARD you should see good gains in lean body mass. If you find you are still having trouble gaining, cut back on the cardio to 30 minutes each session vs. 60 as you list in your profile.

    Protein supplements have their place but any good whey protein should be sufficient. For the most part their isn't much difference between them except for their marketing gimmicks. If you find eating six meals a day difficult, then substituting a good meal replacement shake that is low sugar and low fat is a good alternative.
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    Jul 13, 2008 8:38 AM GMT
    Hey thanx for the amount of imput! Reflecting upon it, it really helps. I am down in the LA area for a month and don't have many options to find a workout buddy, but I am sure I can manage until I get back up to my home.
    As for the eating portion....I have to admit it will be tough to back away from the treats I am used to. But I can do without, we all could for that matter. In anycase, as the only one who commented to this post, I am thankful with the amount you replied with. So thank you again! And hope youre having a good week!