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    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:

    Workout A
    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.)

    Workout B
    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:
    week 1:
    Monday: workout A
    wednesday: workout B
    Friday: Workout A

    Week 2:
    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!

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    How many calories should I consume?
    What is your goal?

    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?
    Yes.

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    Tom's question is the most important- Proper number of calories for WHAT? Are you looking to build a little muscle, lose a little weight (at your size, I wouldn't see the need for that). 1600-1900 sounds low, given you're relatively young and active.
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    Whoops! Sorry guys, I wanted to lose about 15 pounds by august...

    I have a large amount of belly fat I want to get rid of.

    It's kind of hard for me to count all the calories i consume, being that alot of food around my house has no label... And I don't have too much money to go around and buy the food I need to eat... my normal diet consists of like, 80$ white rice. But I decided to give that up and focus on more fruits and vegetables and protein (eggs/chicken). >.<

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    For anything that doesn't have a label you should be able to find the calories/nutrition data on a calorie counting website.

    my normal diet consists of like, 80$ white rice.
    ???

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    Typo.. sorry.. 80%*.

    Out of curiosity.. what does your diets consist of?

    (feel free to share anyone. ._. )

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    Out of curiosity.. what does your diets consist of?

    (feel free to share anyone. ._. )
    In case you hadn't noticed this thread.

    http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...ow-much-do-you...

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