Originally Posted by kontra
Before I begin I'll just say that I did browse this forum - and I did not find answers for my questions.
So - the question is:
Im pretty short - about 5' 7" weight is 145lbs. Im working out about 4 times a week for the longest time now. At least 4 years. - Im sort of athletic looking as it is. I got wide shoulders and chest I got some muscle and it is growing - slowly but it does. The thing is I dont want to become buff over time. I feel like Im getting there. I want to stay the way I am and shape it up. Sculpt it. Loose body fat. I run 5k every workout - and then do strength training. I try to focus on more repetitions instead of increasing the weights. Also (and its probably stupid of me) I never-ever eat any supplements. I'm afraid that If Ill start eating protein Im going to get faster and bigger muscle growth. And I dont need that. Is it wrong?
Do I still need to have a certain protein intake before the workout even though I want to loose weight? What would be your suggestions for the workout.
First off, let me say at your height, 145 lbs is not considered "˜OK'.
You can afford to put on at least another 15 lbs of muscle.
Just look at Lee Priest who I believe is your height or 5'6 and during competition, his weight is in excess of 200 lbs and during off season its mid 200lbs.
No one can say he is over muscled but aesthetically pleasing is the correct word.
As for your problem, you would need to maintain your protein intake to maintain your muscle mass. In the region of 1 gram of protein to 1 lb of bodyweight. As for your workout, you shouldn't do excessive cardio work.
Just do overall body workout with reps in the range of 10 to 15 will do. Intensity is the word.