I have decided to be healthy and get the body I have always wanted however I'm reading so many different things my head is spinning. I have started eating 5-6 small meals a day and trying to find a good program wile I do this. I have not started to workout just yet because I want to know what I'm doing before I get in the gym. Anyway, I have read in several different books / magazines that say high protein intake is the way to go to build muscle, then last night I was reading another book that said "high protein intake" is not the way to go. It said if you eat decent then you probably already get enough protein in your diet (so things like protein shakes aren't necessary) and that to much protein can have side effects like weight gain. So, high protein or not. Also I'm curious about creatine. At what point should I start using it? Does it cause weight gain? What are the side effects if any?
Generally accepted practice for those wishing to gain muscle, is to consume about 1 gram of protein per lb of bw.
Start using creatine whenever.
It will cause intramuscular water retention.
There are no side effects that I am aware of. Just keep water intake high (a gallon or so a day).
How do you suppose you are going to figure out how to lift without doing it? Get to the gym, start with light weights, and you will soon have a better idea of what to do. If you want a good training program, check out the WBB routines.
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Doubtful that you're getting adequate protein in a normal diet.
And I agree with what Nate said. The only way to figure out how to lift, is to go to the gym and do it. Start out light, learn form, then up the weight & intensity once you've learnt it. Even if you are researching how to eat and all that on the side, there's no excuse not to be learning form at the same time.
Also, if you're looking for a routine, look at the WBB ones. Or search through here, cause enough get posted.