I have been working out for 4 years. I used to play professinal soccer for many years and most of the time I was in shape.
When I wasnt working in a regular basis I used to socialize more often and also having some drinks too.
Since I started to work out more seriously and stop drinking my social life has gotten a back seat.
I have a girlfriend who use to drink and eat what ever she wishes and still be in a perfect shape.
Very rare I would have a glass or 2 of wine.
What do you guys order when you go to a restaurant ?
Do you find time and way to socialize (drink,dinner etc) ?
Cannot wait to hear your opinion!
To answer your questions
You can always schedule trips to a restaurant on you cheat day that way you don't have to watch what you eat & order whatever you want to eat
And in terms of socializing you can still socialize you just have to make some changes. Like instead of going to the bar all the time go to a movie and at the movie instead of having popcorn by a mealreplacement bar from a health food store before going to the movie. And if your girlfriend truly understands and cares for you she'll gladly accept that you are phasing certain things out and adopting a healthier lifestyle, the same thing goes for your friends. And who knows maybe you & your girlfriend can go to the gym together and you might become even closer. At least if she comes to few workouts but isn't interested she'll have a greater understanding of what you are trying to do.
Hope this is helpfull
Best way to cut out some calories from your diet. Don't drink coke, pepsie, sprite, beer, etc. They all contain "hollow" calories.
You drink a can of coke; thats like 120 calories (Not exactly sure).
There are people who drink 5 - 10 cans of coke a day (Used to be me).
If you have to drink, drink diet drinks or light beer. Just don't go overboard.
Restaurants everywhere are aware that people in the USA are over weight and starting to realize. Point is; most places have food choices that are made for those that watch what they eat.
Instead of getting fries with your sandwhich; get some vegetables. Maybe corn, or a baked potato (hold the butter).
For appetizers; eat a salad. Not mozzerella sticks or something.
Speaking of diet coke or pepsi I dont know what to believe anymore as this subject is so controversial!
Some would say that is OK to have one a day others would argue that the aspartam make it bad for ya..Asparatam another controversial issue !
i started a new thread on it in diet. i dont know much about it either.
Vvitto, I learnt a long time ago not to let bodybuilding rule your life..
I used to be Mr super dedicated..
I used to NEVER drink. I can't go out with mates and NOT drink.. It just doesn't feel right in the pub in the evening with a glass of water..
Moderation is the key..
Hell you are not gonna be a pro bodybuilder so donlt make it your life.. If you go to a restaurant I am assuming its not that often right? So eat what you want..
Drink in moderation.. Right now I drink 1-2 times every 2 weeks. Try and not drink AS much as you would normally..
Eat well, and train hard.. Believe me the stress and unhappiness from not socialising will restrict your gains more than a few drinks or a meal at a restaurant.
Socialise with friends, do what you want in moderation,. train hard and get big
I agree with hulk on this one, BUT it does all depend on what your goals are.
Personally I wanna get to be a respectable size, to go out and have more women give you second looks because of it.
With being 19 a good social life is more important to me than being completely dedicated to my diet, I mean don't get me wrong I do eat sensibly 80% of the time wathcing my fat intake and consuming my carb and pros at the right times of the day.
and as hulk does i usually find myself goin out for a few drinks once a week or so.
My social life definately has a negative impact on my training, but training is not my whole life (far from it).
Having said that, I usually have a protein shake before going out for dinner. That allows me the luxury of enjoying the food (albeit smaller portions).
Since I hardly ever drink anymore, my alcohol tolerance is way down, one glass of wine get's me happy and two - lookout!
If you were seriously into competing, however, I would say that going out for dinner/drinks would have to be kept to a minimum.
There's nothing to say that you can't redirect your social life to activities such as hiking, biking, etc. You may find that having like minded friends is somewhat more rewarding than the ol pub crowd.