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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Frustrated!!!

    I have been lifting for almost 1 year. I lift 3 days/week and do cardio 2-3 days/week. I am not gonna post my routine because its really not the issue, this is more of a general question. First off, I am quite happy with the fact that I have gone from a 36" waist to a 33" waist. What frustrates me is that with all of the lifting I have done, I am still carrying those darn love-handles and my chest, although quite firm, is not well-defined...decent size, but still not truly defined. My BF% is 17% and I am 5'8" and 170lbs.. I have a suspicion that its my diet but I cannot eat 6 times/day and I don't want to add to my love-handles!!! I definitely look better, but I would have expected a much better physique with 1 year of consistent training. Am I expecting too much? I mean, is 1 year of consistent training just the beginning and it takes longer to get a really nice physique with broader looking shoulders and tighter sides? I am just frustrated because I figured that by now my BF% would be at like 12% and I would have a better physique. Instead, I feel like I am stuck on a plateau. I am not really losing anymore fat nor am I getting much bigger. I know this is a "wanna be big" forum but I really want a cut physique...kind of a Mark Wahlberg look. Not huge, but some bulk and well-defined. I can't imagine, with Mark Wahlberg's schedule, that he can eat 6 times/day and work-out hard all the time on a consistent basis...maybe I am wrong.

    Sorry for the long post, but I am just frustrated. Thanks!!!

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    training itself won't remove the handles.

    diet is the key there

    you don't need to eat 6x a day... you do need to eat clean and smart

    I had a similar problem... I plateaued after dropping from 255 to 235 or so, and was stronger and more muscular but then couldn't get past that level

    this spring, I did a focused cut on a ketogenic diet and went from about 235 to 195. I have a '4-pack' now and can see a lot more definition. I don't look like Marky Mark yet but I know I will with time.... I think he has the advantage of a naturally lean build, the lucky bastid

    anyway, whether you do keto or not, I think the key for you is to really REALLY get a grip on your diet. Thats what it will take to get you to the next level.
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    Originally posted by Callahan
    training itself won't remove the handles.

    diet is the key there...

    ...I think the key for you is to really REALLY get a grip on your diet. Thats what it will take to get you to the next level.
    I'd have to agree with Callahan. Tighten up on your diet a little more. And I wouldn't worry about getting 6 meals a day. That's more of a building neccessity than it is when trying to drop weight. I'm not sure what your lifting routine looks like but you may want to try decreasing weight while increasing reps per set. Just a thought if you want to mix it up in the gym a little bit.
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    Originally posted by Tim Nissen


    And I wouldn't worry about getting 6 meals a day. That's more of a building neccessity than it is when trying to drop weight.
    Actually, 6 meals is equally important when cutting. A steady but smaller supply of food will keep your metabolism going all day, and signal to your body that there is a constant stream of nutrients, so there is less motivation for it to cling to those stubborn fat deposits.
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    Thanks!!! Keep those recommendations coming!!!

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    My diet (no flames please, its not that great)

    I work 12-8pm so I usually don't eat breakfast.

    I usually have a protein bar for lunch. Dinner at 5pm is usually something like chicken and veggies. I then tend to eat again at like 8-9pm and have either a tuna sub or a turkey sandwich. I eat ~1800 calories/day and try to get as much protein as I can. Sometimes I can get to 150+g of protein but I usually don't get enough. I drink a lot of diet Pepsi and water. However, lately I have not consumed enough water.

    I don't really eat a lot and yet I do a lot of cardio and lift 3 times/week.

    I can understand why I might not be getting big, but with the amount of activity I do and with my current diet, I figured I'd be losing a lot more weight!!!

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    You might want to think about eating more. 1800 calories a day is not enough to put on serious muscle, and you shouldn't need to worry about fat if you're working out at the level you mentioned and eating healthy. Also, if you don't work until 12, why skip breakfast?
    Last edited by Ross; 07-09-2003 at 04:59 PM.

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    I skip breakfast because I usually get up around 10:30 AM. I am kind of a night owl.

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    I know you don't want to hear this, but - change your routines. Thats what I did, and it's paying off.
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    Originally posted by Callahan
    this spring, I did a focused cut on a ketogenic diet and went from about 235 to 195. I have a '4-pack' now and can see a lot more definition.

    what is a ketogenic diet?
    "pain is weakness leaving the body"

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