View Full Version : i'm a newbie, need diet help...

08-07-2002, 12:42 PM
I'm 19 years old and I have been training 3 or 4 days a week for about a year now, but I have not been eating right. I need all the help I can get since I am very skinny, 140 lbs (started training at 127). I don't really know where to start with my diet, I don't know anything about nutrition and it will be hard to eat right since I'm going to college in the fall and will be limited to cafeteria food, and I have no options to cook food on my own at all. Any help would be appreciated.

Saint Patrick
08-08-2002, 03:10 PM
As far as cafeteria food, stay away from it. Bring food from home. Your body will thank you in the long run.

08-08-2002, 03:26 PM
Why don't you have the option of cooking your own food? If you're living in the dorms, they should have a sort of community kitchen so to speak. I know mine did.

08-10-2002, 02:31 PM
Most dorms are horrible food, but some of them do a "healthy" food section or things like "no sauce" section where they do just grilled chicken breast, dry veggies, raw fruits and such.

Try to get a good mix of C/P/F in your diet. I suggest starting at 34/33/33 (isocaloric) and keep your calories about where they are now + 250/day (seems like you've done pretty well on gaining weight, 127 to 140, nice start!).

Set up an account at www.fitday.com to track your intake of calories. And finally, talk to the cooks. Ask them about what they are making. Tell them you're trying to add muscle and want to keep control of what you are eating. They may even offer to make special meals for you if they like you! good luck!

08-10-2002, 03:04 PM
When I was in the Navy I was forced to eat in the cafeteria also. Whenever the cafeteria was cooking meats that were fatty or in heavy sauce I would take a couple of cans of tuna with me, and just eat the vegetables that the cafeteria prepared. Most cafeterias always cook some sort of vegetables or have a salad bar. Each week find out what the cafeteria is serving and plan accordingly. You can also take canned chicken or salmon. You get tired of eating out of a can but it works. Good luck

08-10-2002, 06:55 PM
ok bro, first off... it is great that you are wanting to start proper diet. I suggest you gather as much info as you can from a number of different sources... here are some good articles/links to get you started... I also have many good stuff I can PM you and feel free to PM me as I will help you as best I can.. but also ask your specific questions on the forums so you can get a wide range of responses (however there are some basics which are generally accepted and therefore won't matter who tells them to you). Also, try the search function... almost everything you can think of to ask has been asked before most of the time, so dig around in the search function on these boards.

here are some links in no particular order

http://www.wannabebig.com/archive.php?catid=2 (goto bottom article called "dieting basics".. read the whole thing and especially page 2).
http://weightrainer.virtualave.net/ (be sure to read all of the 3 nutrition articles here)

hope this helps bro, good luck.