View Full Version : Hey Guys, I'm really confused on how I should be eating....

Michael S.
08-26-2003, 06:53 PM
Ok, so I haven't posted in months. I'm just doing the WBB Routine 1. It seems to be working. I'm *slowly* getting bigger, so I'm happy there.

My big question is how should I be eating? I'm 6', 190lbs. I don't really seem to have any fat anywhere...except....a bit of a gut. My diet has basically been garbage. I eat whatever I feel like, whenever I'm hungry. Despite this, my metabolism must be high because I'm NOT FAT.

So...should I be bulking? or cutting? I'm trying to get larger. Not mucleman big, but a decent size. At the current rate, I'm going to keep gaining muscle, but also keep the gut...or it may get bigger.


Am I not lifting hard enough? Maybe I should really ramp up on carbs and protien, but push myself harder.?


Should I just cut my intake down, eat better, and just forget all this bulking crap.

I do know I should at the very least just eat healthy foods. But I guess I'm just confused on where my calorie intake should be and what I should be eathing (carbs? protien?)

Hope you can.

Mike S.

08-27-2003, 03:25 AM
Well if you want to increase your LBM, then you should increase your cals and continue lifting. If you are lifting with the proper intensity and following the WBB routine, then that should have you covered as far as routines are concerned. Of course you would want to change up your routine periodically.

Diet is an important part of the equation, and I am sure once you improve your diet you will start to see better gains in the gym. Maybe this will help get you on the right track, and if you like you can post your average daily diet.

Here is a post that I have posted in various threads.:)

Here are some general dieting guidelines that might be of some help:
1) 1 gram of protein per lb. of bodyweight

2) ~25% of daily calories should come from fat (remember to include some essential fatty acids)

3) Fill in the rest of daily calories with low glycemic index carbs, except pre/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, poultry, lean beef, dairy, fish

low GI carbs: oats, sweet potatoes, beans, whole wheat bread, vegetables, fruit

fats: nuts, natural peanut butter, oily fish (such as salmon), fish oil, flax 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.

08-27-2003, 09:15 AM
Doesn't sound like you are very fat. Are you progressing in your lifts? How many chinups can you do?

You can probably continue to gain strength and a bit of fat continuing as you are as long as you continue to eat.

Aim for 1-2 pounds a week. If you are less, add 100 calories per day. If you are gaining more than that, it's probably fat so cut back 50-100 calories per day.

Without knowing what your goal is it's hard to give advice but know this, if you want to reduce bodyfat, it will require more discipline than you are currently using :)

08-27-2003, 11:29 AM
6 foot 190 pounds is big, not muscleman big, but big. Anyone who has a gut it fat. Period. Follow Bradley's eating guidelines.

Scott S
08-27-2003, 01:39 PM
Maybe getting your bodyfat assessed would help you to make a decision. If you are lean for the most part, it would probably be more beneficial to bulk a while more.

08-27-2003, 04:53 PM
Originally posted by hemants
Aim for 1-2 pounds a week. If you are less, add 100 calories per day. If you are gaining more than that, it's probably fat so cut back 50-100 calories per day.

Gaining 1lb. of LBM per week would be great, but 2lbs. would probably add more fat than necessary. Most people seem to add the least amount of fat when they concentrate on gaining .5-1lb. per week.