View Full Version : Help me build a meal plan!!
Yes, you get to help me!! :)
Right now I'm averaging 3,500 calories a day, but a lot of it isn't real good food for me. So I'm trying to keep the calorie count there, or more, so I can gain weight (I'm 6'0" 160)..and eat healthier.
Suggestions? Throw some foods at me (not literally!) so I can build myself a plan!
07-21-2003, 04:15 AM
This might help:)
Here are some general dieting guidelines that might be of some help:
1) 1 gram of protein per lb. of bodyweight
2) 25-30% of daily calories should come from fat (Essential fatty
acids making up most of this total)
3) Fill in the rest of daily calories with low glycemic index carbs, except postworkout which would ideally include high glycemic index carbs along with a quick digesting protein (whey protein).
4) Drink plenty of water throughout the day, and one gallon would be good starting point.
Listed below are some good sources of each macronutrient. This is just a small list and is by no means all inclusive.
protein sources: eggs, chicken, lean beef, dairy, fish
low GI carbs: oats, sweet potatoes, beans, whole wheat bread, vegetables
fats: nuts, natural peanut butter, oily fish (such as salmon), fish oil, flax oil, hemp oil, olive oil
To find out how many cals you should be eating each day I would slowly increase cals in small increments until you are gaining the desired amount of weight each week (approximately 1lb per week is a good number IMO). You can use www.fitday.com to help you track calories if you like. Here is an example of what I mean. Say you are eating 2000 cals and maintaining your weight then you would need to increase cals by a small amount (about 200-300). That would put you at 2300 cals for the week. Keep cals at this level for the week and then weigh yourself at the end of the week and see how much weight you have gained (if any). Repeat this process until you are gaining about .5-1 lb per week. I woud weigh myself at the same time each week to try and ensure the most accurate measurement.
As far as routines go you might want to check out one of the WBB routines on the main page. The following site has a list of exercise illustrations that might be helpful as well www.exrx.net
There is a lot of information in previous threads as well. Run some searches and you will find a lot of answers to your questions.
This thread may also be of some help.
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