Help a crazy flabby noob! Diet confusion!
Hey everyone! I know I'm new! But hear me out!
I've spent the last two years of college locked in my room.. studying like hell.. and finally, I get a break! In those 2 years, I've really lost my sense of fitness. In highschool, I was fairly active, at least enough to keep in good shape!
Right now, I weight about 162 lbs, my height is 5 feet, 10 inches. (Btw, I'm a guy).
I decided to try and do some weight training 3x a week, and researched some good workout routines with the equipment I have (bought from craigslist, 2 dumbbells, 1 curl bar and various weights.. for 50$! lol).
So far this is my workout schedule:
1.Squats: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets)
2.Bench Press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets.)
3.Dumbell bentover Rows: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets.)
4.Overhead Triceps Extensions (with curl bar): (1 set of 10-12 reps.)
5.Calf Raises: 1-2 sets of 10-12 reps. (1 minute rest between sets.)
1.Dumbbell Deadlifts: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets.)
2.Seated Dumbell bicep curls: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets.)
3.Dumbell Shoulder Press: 3 sets of 8-10 reps. (2 minutes rest between sets.)
4.Biceps Curls with the EZ curl bar: 1 set of 10-12 reps.
5.Ab crunches: 1-2 sets of 10-12 reps. (1 minute rest between sets.)
The weekly schedule follows the following pattern:
Monday: workout A
wednesday: workout B
Friday: Workout A
Monday: workout B
Wednesday: workout A
Friday: Workout B
What do you guys think of that?
Anyways, the main question for this topic is this: THE DIET!
How many calories should I consume? This whole thing is confusing! From where I've read, I was told it didn't matter what you ate, so long as you maintained the right calories.
So how many calories do I consume? I used various calorie calculators and got different values. One recommended I consume 1600 calories a day, another recommended I consume 1900 calories a day! But I've read that a man should not consume less than 1800 calories a day..
How does it work?
For example: If I were to consume 1900 calories a day, and I burn 200 calories on my workout days, should I eat 200 more calories those days to maintain my 1900 calories a day requirement? Or do I ignore the fact that I was working out (burning those calories) and go on and continue to consume 1900 calories?
Someone help! :(
I just started working out today. I did each of the sets and consumed around 1400 calories. (I ate a snickers bar when I began to feel really tired and realized I consumed a low amount of calories after reading that no male should not consume below 1800 calories! I know, I was really late).
PLEASE! If you guys/girls can help me, I'd really appreciate it! I cannot wait to get this thing rolling, and become more involved with this forum as I increase my knowledge in this material. (I had no idea how confusing it could be!)
To all who offer their advice: THANK YOU! :hello: