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I train hard, sometimes 7 days a week, that includes 3 days of football and at 4 days of weight training. Have been doing the weight training for 5 years and I love it, gone from 10 stone to 13.5 sto…
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
I train hard, sometimes 7 days a week, that includes 3 days of football and at 4 days of weight training. Have been doing the weight training for 5 years and I love it, gone from 10 stone to 13.5 stone which I am very pleased with and also gained a lot of muscle.

My problem is that my diet is so poor that all this training is partly wasted. I carry a little bit of weight around my middle. Its not a lot but to much for my liking and I want to get rid of it.

I'm not stupid, I know that cardio and a good diet will sort that out but I cannot for the life of me get the diet right. I start well, then lose it completely. I dont want to be super strict and still want to allow myself a few drinks on the weekend.
I run out of ideas as to what I should be eating and hate salad, a little bit of salad with something is ok but whole meals that consist of just salad is a no go.

What do you guys do? How do you manage it?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
What do you guys do? How do you manage it?


discipline...
#2
yup i know it is discipline but I just struggle with my diet because I like my food and different flavours.
#3
I agree with fresh ingredients but I dont want to be spending a fortune on food, what I have noticed is that a lot of these diets cost a lot of money. Its not that I am skint its just that I cannot justify paying it.
#4
brettytopbanana
I agree with fresh ingredients but I dont want to be spending a fortune on food, what I have noticed is that a lot of these diets cost a lot of money. Its not that I am skint its just that I cannot justify paying it.


you cant put a price on your health....fresh food is the only way forward :thumbsup: plus it shouldnt be a diet...just a change in your daily eating habits
#5
brettytopbanana;6333300
yup i know it is discipline but I just struggle with my diet because I like my food and different flavours.


it's about eating little and often, limit processed foods, get a smoothie maker or juicer, drink a glass of water for every alcoholic drink and take milk thistle to help liver get rid of toxins

bulking agents hidden in protein drinks aren't great, fresh protein from eggs, rare red meat, fish and good quality dark chocolate

plus......get a good nights sleep :thumbsup:
#6
OK, firstly how old r u?
2ndly, wot's a typical day of eating, the more honest u r, the better I can give u an idea of wot u need to do - (pm me if u don't want everyone to know that u r eating 2 super's BOGOF:thumbsup: Dominoes Pizza's everyday)
#7
I am 24, in a day I will eat this.

7am weetabix or some shredded wheat
11Am snack of either nuts or a cereal bar
1:30pm- luch which will consist of wholemeal bread and a filling of some sort ham, chicken, meat balls.
2pm another snack of ceral bar or something like this.

Its the evening meal that really lets me down

That is my honest daily diet
#8
As you've said, its pretty simple theory, intake vs expenditure, but in terms of something that works for you, that's the key.

I do 2+hours exercise a day (i have a very obsessive personality) so need to eat a lot of calories but i find the only way i can stay happy about my body and mind is to make sure that i eat mostly fresh food, eg;

# skip breakfast (bad i know)
# bread at lunch (healthy baguette type affair)
# a truck load of fresh vegetables and chillis with a bit of white meat or fish in the evening followed by loads of cereal/yoghurt and then a bit of chocolate as a treat.

trying not to eat too late in the evening seems to make me feel perkier too.
#9
fizzy **** and sweets n chocolate etc, get them gone, more meat and pasta etc, is a faily easy diet to stick to :thumbsup: its what i tyr and do and i go out for a drink with m8's a few times a week and im keepin in shape :thumbsup:
#10
I love pasta but I thought all the carbs would be no good for cutting back on body fat?
#11
brettytopbanana
I love pasta but I thought all the carbs would be no good for cutting back on body fat?


CARBS DONT DO ANYTHING IF YOU EXERCISE
there just energy that needs to be used or it will turn into fat
#12
tony_dudz
CARBS DONT DO ANYTHING IF YOU EXERCISE
there just energy that needs to be used or it will turn into fat


yes but by definition if you eat a lof of them you risk consuming too many calories so its always good to try and eat pleantly of low calorie ('watery') foods (vegetables + fruit) to balance it out, no? ;-)
#13
eat lots of chicken breast skinless, tuna on wholemeal bread
take a protein shake
cut out all junk
add 1-2 peices of fruit a day
your intake looks ok but can be tweaked, do u like eggs? add a few of them boiled or omlette in with ur meals
sorted
#14
eating the clean way is quite boring but if u want results u gotta make the sacrifice
so no fast food! no fizzy drinks and no sweets cakes biscuits etc!
#15
thanks for all the replies guys.
#16
Yr food during the day is not that bad for a 24 yr old, however, r u eating anything between 2pm & the evening meal. Also, wot time is that meal & wot does it normally consist of (gimme a typical 3 days in a row for the evening meal)
#17
its difficult to say what it consists of but it could be anything from pasta with meatballs and a sauce, to gammon with mashed potato or maybe even an indian from the supermarket. I know thats where I am going wrong but I find it so difficult. I need to keep my protein up because I want to carry on building muscle or at least keeping it at the level I am at.

As for eating after 2pm- i will probably have a snack around 3pm then hit the gym around 5pm.

Thanks
#18
I don't think u r going wrong at all!
The snack around 3pm is good as u workout at around 5pm (sensible).
As I said previously, yr diet is not terrible, its ok & just like everybody it cld be better, but from wot u hv told me its not a complete disaster.
This leads me to believe that the problem may be the amounts u r eating as from the sounds of it, u r not eating anything which is bad or unhealthy for u.....am I correct?
#19
btw, when you say carry a bit around your middle, are you being hyper-critical, is it just lacking tone or is it a considerable amount - it certainly looks like you are looking after yourself and your consumption looks fine from what you have noted. maybe you are being a bit hard on yourself? ;-)
#20
im probably being very critical of myself in the fact that I do lots of work in the gym yet my mid section is not as toned as I want it to be. I am not over weight at all. I just need to get my body fat down to show the obliques and the stomach a little more.
#21
brettytopbanana
im probably being very critical of myself in the fact that I do lots of work in the gym yet my mid section is not as toned as I want it to be. I am not over weight at all. I just need to get my body fat down to show the obliques and the stomach a little more.


To get the abs u want means reducing fat. We all hv a 'six-pack' but as u say, its all abt how much weight is around that six-pack. To get it to Gerard Butler or Brad Pitt standards means cutting out as much fat from yr diet as possible. A little fat is good as we need it to survive, but u gotta try & reduce it right down to the bone (pardon the pun) if u want a constant six-pack. Even bodybuilders don't hv constant six-packs, they just start cutting down their fat intake & upping their protein intake abt 10 weeks before a competition. The intake i.e. calories gets lower & lower week by week ie. 3,000 one week, 2,900 the next, 2,800 the next etc. etc. Finally come competiton day they r down to the absolute minimum calories they need too survive (hence the constant bad mood bodybuilders are in) & that's why they look so 'ripped'. Since u r not competing, u just gotta work those abs a bit more whilst trying to cut out as much fat as possible. Keep a balance diet & hv a treat now & then (this can actually be good for as u won't crave anything). DO NOT eat so many calories that u don't burn them off, look at it this way.......u wanna go 50 miles in a car one day, and u put 60 miles worth of petrol in, next day u wanna go 50 miles again so u put in another 60 miles of petrol. So that's 10 miles left from the previous day & u'll hv 10 miles left at the end of today, on the 3rd day u've already 20 miles of petrol in the tank & u put in another 60 miles worth......u get the picture, i.e. the calories in yr body work on a similar basis, thus u must try & burn all the calories away on a day-by-day basis, any unburned calories remain on/in the body.....thus weight gain, thus the muscles get hidden little by little.

I think u r smart enuff to get the picture..........work-out hard (i.e. push yrself in every session) & eat enuff to work-out. Don't overload but don't underload either....that's wot's normally meant by a 'balanced diet'.
Once u can get to this stage, then u start tweaking how & wot u eat & u'll see wot is best for u & wot brings out more muscle growth & wot put's fat on u & makes u look heavy.

It's not an exact science & there are no hard & fast rules cos everybody is different, but as a guide, low fat-high protein & burn those calories!:thumbsup:
#22
cheers matey, thats some good advice.

Im not completely stupid, I have been training long enough to understand how it works but I see some blokes in the gym and think to myself that they must be really strict but then again a lot of them are on the gear, that is a definite no go for me. Dont see the point in them but i know some people who have a spot on diet.

I probably need to up my cardio, but I struggle with severe tendonitis of the knees and after playing football I am completely unable to walk for a few days......but im determined to fight on through it and am going to do more rowing, cycling and cross training just to get the cardio up..plus these are a lot easier on the knees.

I am really determined at the moment but that is how I always start off then I seem to slip away. im not going to deny myself some of the things I enjoy ( a few pints) just pull somethings in a little and cut back.

Thanks once again.
#23
No Worries!
Stay away from the gear & be careful re. the tendonitis as I've had this as well, so instead of running on treadmill (which I used to do loads of), I've started using the cross trainer thing which simulates a sliding running movement. I 'cut-up' once a year & this seems to work ok (it also teaches u eating discipline).
Just remember the older u get the harder it gets.................but YOU hv got at least another 20 yrs of having it easy!
#24
the tendonitis is something I have to live with unfortunately, had it for the last 6-7 years and the docs have said there is nothing they can do for me

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