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Old 08-26-2005, 11:41 PM   #1
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I Need advice/help!

I used to post on these forums about a year ago when i was trying to lose weight. I used to weigh 225 pounds, now weighing 155 i want to try to get cut. Since i was so heavy I still have extra skin/fat on my body and Im just so sick of having to hide my body. I love going to the beach! I love going to the pool, but I never do cause Im embarrased, and its extra hard for me because Im only 17 and still go to High School and I get invited to the beach and pools all the time! (FL summer SOO HOT) I have a gym available and I also have the will. I figure, If I already applied myself to lose so much weight, I can apply my self to gain muscle mass and to make my body lean and cut which is wat I have always dreamed. I have thought about surgery, as in lypo in certain areas but since Im so young I wanna hold that off and try to do it my self but I just cant seem to get a good schedule or system going. I need help as in how long I should work out and i dont know, I just feel like I need someone who knows about this to guide me in the beginning. Plz some1 help me get myself going and I will take it from there. I also need help with the foods I eat, should I cut all fats and sugars? Or carbs? I dont kno wat to do, the way I lost weight was by eating Weight Watchers meals and salads and doing 40min of cardio 5 days a week for about 5 months. Can some1 plz help me become happy!

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Old 08-27-2005, 09:20 AM   #2
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it sounds like it's just skin from your rapid weight loss, not fat that is making you uncomfortable. Unfortunately it will just take some time for your skin to tighten up, but adding some muscle will definitely help to fill out with some solid bulk. But to add muscle you need to change your whole approach.
First you will ned to start eating more. Not a lot more at first, but you need to cave a calorie surplus in order to build muscle. start with 12-15x bodyweight in calories. If you find you're still not gaining muscle, increase that byy 100-200 calories, if you find fat coming on, drop it by 100-200.
You need to get 1 to 2 grams of protein per pound of body weight. Muscle is made from proteins and you need to provide a constant supply. Lean proteins like chicken breast, eggs (egg whites), fish, tuna (cans of tuna are a quick and easy 37 g of protein), soy, nuts
Do NOT avoid all fats and carbs. They are both important so long as you eat the RIGHT fats and carbs. Avoid saturated fats (animal fats except fatty fish which are actually good for you) but unsaturated fats are good (nuts, nut butters, olives, olive oil, avocado, sunflower seeds etc.) Avoid sugars and starches (potato, white bread, white pasta), but make sure you get in complex carbs, ideally whole grains, brown rice, fresh fruits and veggies, oats and such. You may hate it, but broccoli is king. There's a reason that body builders live on chicken and broccoli.
How many days will you be able to go to the gym to lift each week? Do you have a workout buddy?
Keep your body lean, your blood clean and your mind sharp. -Rollins

Old 08-27-2005, 01:53 PM   #3
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I'm a personal trainer too.
Keep your body lean, your blood clean and your mind sharp. -Rollins

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