View Full Version : Advice needed - supplements, diet, routine

08-19-2003, 08:54 AM
Hey Everyone,

I suffer from high blood pressure and I am on a beta blocker to keep it down. My doc strongly advised me against any energy boosting supplements, ephedra free or not. My triglycerides are also around the 500 mark and my liver enzymes are high, so I am not the picture of perfect health. My goal is to get off the b.p. meds through diet and excercise and to cut up the mass I already have. My vital stats:

Height: 5'9"
Weight: 275 lbs.
Chest: 51"
Bicep: 17"
Thighs: 26"
Waist: 43"

I have been blessed with natural mass all of my life and my goal is to cut up what I have but not to bulk anymore. After all, I am not a competitive bodybuilder, I just want to look good naked. Obviously, getting to a weight of 180 lbs. is impossible, but if I can get down to a lean 230, I would be quite happy.

1) Do I take the docs advice about the supplements?
2) What type of workout/diet will get me to where I want to be?

08-19-2003, 09:06 AM
I would say doing regular cardio woudl help burn the weight you don't want. also, cutting out carbs for two weeks at a time may help in reduction of your body weight, but it is not reccommended to go longer than two weeks without any carbs. And for the two weeks, i mean NO carbs. Remember though, diet is definately half the battle.

08-19-2003, 01:32 PM
Originally posted by BocaJoeS
1) Do I take the docs advice about the supplements?


2) What type of workout/diet will get me to where I want to be?

A diet that creates a calorie deficit, either through diet, activity, or a combination of the two. Make sure to take in adequate protein and EFAs as well.

You could try one of the WBB routines to start out with.

Here is some info I have posted in numerous threads that might be of some help. You could also post your current diet, and I am sure you would get some good advice.:)

Here are some general dieting guidelines that might be of some help:
1) 1 gram of protein per lb. of bodyweight and try and get some protein in at each meal

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 decrease cals in small increments until you are losing 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 3000 cals and maintaining your weight then you would need to decrease cals by a small amount (about 200-300). That would put you at 2700 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 lost. 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.

03-20-2007, 02:28 AM
i'm on bcaa supps, and i run regularly, it seems to be helping the muscle loss

03-20-2007, 02:30 AM
damn, u got high blood pressure eh, otherwise i would majorly sugges no explode, that stuff is killlll