Originally Posted by Prada_Ferragamo
How do you define "whole foods"? I consider whey/shakes just as natural as the food you ingest since they are protein isolates. If you want muscle on your thighs,, you have to eat excess calories. Putting on lean muscle will take time, not sure 3 months will do it.
I guess the definition of "whole foods" is kind of gray but in the context of my post and intents I am referring to just home-made meals with fresh ingredients. A solid lean protein source. Any serious carb intake will normally take the form of whole grain, a vegetable, or fruit. In addition, plenty of water and 2% milk. Sugars are to be naturally occurring (i.e fresh fruit). No soda, very little candy (but we all need a little). But ATEOTD, sugar is sugar, so that is limited, as well. No chips, no real junk food. Limiting alcohol intake to no more than 2x a week (this is a challenge, I hate to say).
I hear what you're saying in that whey protein isolate is technically natural - being just an isolate of milk -- but I am even moving away from derivatives and isolates. I want to explore the not so controversial (imo) opinion that a human can acquire all he or she needs to build or maintain sufficient muscle mass and overall health by consuming normal, healthy, well rounded, home- made meals. Important to note that I am not a person who is innately or inherently skinny. I am of average build, but can manipulate my body rather quickly and easily.
I currently have a very good deal of lean muscle mass, as is, for being 130 lbs. Pecks, abs, all that good shit. Repping 185lbs X 5 with no assistance (BP). 30 wide grip, full extension military standard pull-ups with no break (could do these behind the neck, but no need -- also in the interest of preserving my rotator cuff). /brag.
final note, I stopped posting in this sub-forum because I wasn't totally hip to what this micro-fitness-community's overall stances were on the issues of bro-sciences and was finding myself in silly debates and arguments after I tried to relay what my fitness goals were and how I intended to accomplish them.