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post #16 of 41
Get a decent diet going and stick to it. You are losing weight because you are expending more calories than you are taking in.

Try eating 3 hearty meals a day and drink MRP's (meal replacement) such as Met-Rx in between each meal. Do not concern yourself at all with eating junkfood as long as you are getting your nutrition elsewhere.

MrR
post #17 of 41
Also consider a protein supplement, as that is one of the hardest things to get naturally (for reasons of sheer quantity of consumption). I've been quite happy with Optimum Nutrition Natural Whey. However you manage it, you absolutely need to get your diet fixed before you start seriously training. You can (and should) start doing stretches and perhaps some light cardio just to keep from getting in worse shape, but nothing too strenuous until you get this down, or you'll be bordering on anorexia territory.
post #18 of 41
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice guys. I'm gonna start recording my nutrient intake and see how many calories I actually consume each day. What's a typical meal of 4000 calories though? That sounds like a lot of food, don't know if I can stuff myself with 4000 calories aand not puke.
post #19 of 41
Well, yeah, don't eat one meal of 4000 calories, that'll probably kill you. In my case, it's 6 to 7 meals spaced across the day, every three-ish hours or so, though one of those "meals" consists of a protein shake directly before and after any weight-lifting workout, plus some simple carbs right after the workout, and my first "dinner" comes just an hour after that post-workout shake, and is often one of the largest meals of the day.

Make sure you work up to it; start by eating more meals, and that'll train your appetite to get hungry frequently, then start increasing the size of each of the meals. I actually feel hungry sometimes even on 4000/day--I understand now how people can get ridiculously fat even without thyroid problems and medical conditions. Your appetite can adjust to almost anything, in time.
post #20 of 41
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Originally Posted by metkirk
Thanks for the advice guys. I'm gonna start recording my nutrient intake and see how many calories I actually consume each day. What's a typical meal of 4000 calories though? That sounds like a lot of food, don't know if I can stuff myself with 4000 calories aand not puke.

4000 is just gonna make you fat. At your current weight, 3000 will be plenty. I was heavier and taller than you and that still allowed me to pack on the weight.
post #21 of 41
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Originally Posted by Tokyo Slim
Try eating a pound of bacon every day for breakfast.
Thats what gives me my atlas-like physique.

I don't know how you carry that thing above your head everyday:



Jon.
post #22 of 41
For a small guy (5'7", 115lbs), you sure got a mean avatar.
post #23 of 41
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Originally Posted by GQgeek
4000 is just gonna make you fat. At your current weight, 3000 will be plenty. I was heavier and taller than you and that still allowed me to pack on the weight.

"Heavier and taller" doesn't mean anything. I have friends who are in great shape, and both heavier and taller than I am, who can gain muscle on much smaller diets than I need to do the same. Metabolism is what counts. I agree that he should start with a lower amount of calories than 4000/day, but 3000/day may very well not be enough for him. It wasn't enough for me, at 6'1" and 125 pounds. I didn't start seeing weight gain until around 3300 calories/day, and now that I've put on 40 pounds of muscle, I need that 4000/day I'm eating currently.
post #24 of 41
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Originally Posted by Saucemaster
"Heavier and taller" doesn't mean anything. I have friends who are in great shape, and both heavier and taller than I am, who can gain muscle on much smaller diets than I need to do the same. Metabolism is what counts. I agree that he should start with a lower amount of calories than 4000/day, but 3000/day may very well not be enough for him. It wasn't enough for me, at 6'1" and 125 pounds. I didn't start seeing weight gain until around 3300 calories/day, and now that I've put on 40 pounds of muscle, I need that 4000/day I'm eating currently.

You're right of course, I wasjust saying that 4000/day is likely overkill for a skinny asian guy. :P

There are formulas for calculating the amount of cals you should be eating for weight gain and the breakdown in to protein/carbs/fat. He should check some body building forums. I found a lot of great info on them. You do have to keep things in perspective though. Some guys get a little carried away with the supps.
post #25 of 41
Embrace your leaness. Try to eat a well balanced diet and make it a priority to pump a little iron a couple times per week and you'l be fine.
post #26 of 41
When I started adding calories I did 2 things. First I added a meal before bed-a real meal, consisting of eggs or some kind of leftovers or whatever. It doesn't have to be a lot but it makes a huge difference. Also, what everyone is saying about the protein suplementation is very true. Snacking on protein shakes between meals can add up in a big way, especially if you add oats or peanut butter to your shake and blend it.
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Originally Posted by quevola
Embrace your leaness. Try to eat a well balanced diet and make it a priority to pump a little iron a couple times per week and you'l be fine.
shut up.
post #27 of 41
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Originally Posted by Ott
Also, what everyone is saying about the protein suplementation is very true. Snacking on protein shakes between meals can add up in a big way, especially if you add oats or peanut butter to your shake and blend it.
I've been using two scoops of whey and two cups of soy milk. It's fairly neutral and it gives you a 60-66 gram shake without getting heavy. There are, of course, more or less infinite variations on how you want to do this. The important thing is to do it.
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shut up.
Yes.
post #28 of 41
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shut up.[/quote]

Sorry - I'm new to the forum and just wanted to chime in. Disregard
post #29 of 41
Thread Starter 
I calculated the amount of calories and found out I usually consume 2000 calories a day. Damn I thought that was a lot of food! If I don't work out will protein shake make my belly fat? The other day at the office my boss let me use a scale and I weigh the same as one of the girls
post #30 of 41
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Originally Posted by metkirk
I calculated the amount of calories and found out I usually consume 2000 calories a day. Damn I thought that was a lot of food! If I don't work out will protein shake make my belly fat? The other day at the office my boss let me use a scale and I weigh the same as one of the girls


Yes - I think 2,000 calories is enough to stabilize your weight. Consuming excess calories and protein without a corresponding increase in physical activity will only change your body-fat composition in an undesirable way. No matter how busy you are, you need to incorporate a little resistance exercise in to your routine.
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