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isosceles
01-16-2007, 11:20 PM
fairly new to serious weight training... sorry if this is a stupid question:

how important is it to get a well-balanced diet if you take vitamins etc. for the stuff fruit provides? the only way i can manage to eat and at the same time afford to get 30% protein, 30% fat, and 40% carbs is fairly restrictive. Lots of wheat bread, peanut butter, and tuna fish.

Built
01-16-2007, 11:33 PM
Why do you feel a ratio approach to diet is important?

isosceles
01-16-2007, 11:55 PM
*tucks tail between legs* hahaha I've just heard over and over that those are the ratios you should be shooting for, and when I first started lifting a lot of the websites I read (unbiased ones) recommended something like that.

Built
01-17-2007, 12:34 AM
<giggles>

Read the link in my sig.

The easiest suggestion I can offer is this:
Set your calories
Consume no less than a gram of protein and half a gram of fat per pound LBM
Fill the rest of your calories with whatever you like... but
Make sure you get in at least 25g fibre a day.

Do all this, and your diet is likely to be "complete enough" that a multi and some fish oil will top you up.

(Get Built issue 1 (http://www.wannabebig.com/article.php?articleid=272) covers the fish oil thing)

isosceles
01-17-2007, 12:36 AM
hahahaha GOD im a beginner: what exactly is lbm and how do i calculate it??

Built
01-17-2007, 12:42 AM
Okay, well, what do you weigh right now - 190? What bodyfat are you?

If you're around 15%, then 85% of 190lbs (about 160 lbs) is your lean body mass - your LBM.

Make sure you eat no less than 160g protein and no less than 80g fat a day. Fill the rest of your calories however you please.

isosceles
01-17-2007, 11:35 AM
haha yeah that is about accurate. thanks a lot