I'm 6' and 175 lbs. I would consider myself an ectomorph. I have been looking for a good workout/diet routine to gain muscle quickly. I have browsed the internet for different plans for meals and workouts. I have found a lot of good stuff, but it seems some of them contradict others.
What I'm looking for is a workout for a beginner like myself and a meal plan that is affordable for a college student. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
Most people are going to suggest SS and eat a lot. It is a great place to start.
Right, do SS because everyone here assumes a newbie is too much of a ****ing ****** to do anything else.
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The meal plans were confusing. I saw a lot about "clean" and "dirty" calories. Some said to eat a lot of fat-free stuff, some said stuff your face with burgers and fries. I'm also intrigued by the Gallon of Milk a Day (GOMAD) thing. I'd like to try that, but I've hated white milk since I was a kid. My stomach just seems to reject it. I wonder if I could do the same with chocolate milk?
Getting enough food is more important than the actual program. If you pick a real program and don't **** with it (basically anything listed on this site), have adequate nutritition, and stick with it for a long time, you will make gains.
Yeah it seems like you've been reading all the right stuff. Just on a personal note, I don't think that the "burgers and fries" approach is the way to go as far as nutrition goes. I believe that since a surplus of calories is the main goal for an ectomorph, the majority of them should be "clean" like lean protein (chicken, fish, etc), and fruits and veggies. Then, any calories you still need after that can come from the burgers, fries and things of that sort.
But...don't wanna get too deep into nutrition here. As far as the workout information goes, it seems like you're on the right track. Higher weight, lower reps with the focus on BIG compound lifts like the deadlift and squat.