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    Nov 2008

    Turnaround Suggestions?

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    I'm 17 years old, around 5'9 and 200 lb area. A couple of years ago I weighed 196 and decided it was too much and lost weight. I ate nothing but tuna for months and worked out while taking creatine occasionally. I got results as I went to 176 and got a lot stronger and healthier. So now I realize I've been eating terribly for a long time and last week weighed in at 204 lbs. I want to cut a lot of fat and get a lot bigger at the same time. I'd prefer to stay at home working out, I have a bench with preacher attachment with barbell (around 15 lbs) and ez curl bar (light as hell) along with some dumbbells but I haven't been using any of them. I have a lot of weights to attach to anything and I have some creatine left. I also have a kickboxing bag which I can use.

    Pretty much I want to:

    1) Lose fat weight, about 30 lbs at least
    2) Gain back that 30 lbs in muscle (in time of course)
    3) Have a healthier diet to help lose weight
    4) Have decent cardio to prepare for MMA

    And what I have to do all of this with is in the explanation.

    I used to have a website which showed animations of workouts and I made my own routine, so if you have that website or any routines you know of that will help gain muscle with what I have and help me eat healthy and lose weight, let me know. Sorry for the long explanation, any help is greatly appreciated guys.

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    Wannabebig Member
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    Oct 2008

    I am not an expert, but...

    Here's what I've gathered after reading through other people's responses to these types of questions:

    use or another calorie counting website
    eat a mix of carbs & proteins and fat, but try to eat less fat (higher in calories). Eating some of each will help muscle growth; people debate what the best diet is.
    Use a pre-existing workout plan - I use the Men's health hard body plan, and it's been working. I'm down from 221 -> 200, and have made strength gains. Is it the best? I don't know. It's working for me.

    Oh, and I've found keeping a log on my phone to be very helpful.

    good luck!

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    student of the game Runty's Avatar
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    Nov 2007
    Milwaukee, WI
    You're probably going to need more weights so you can squat and deadlift. If you can afford the money/space get a power rack so you can squat and bench heavy in it. Sounds like cleaning up your diet might be a bit difficult but try to eat as clean as possible and throw in some cardio AFTER your weight training. And if you're a beginner I would recommend using a premade routine off this site that has been proven instead of trying to create your own and leaving important lifts/muscle groups out. Try BGB, WBB1.1 or the routine from Rippetoe's Starting Strength.
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