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Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - March 31st 2010, 03:20 AM

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Hey all i know this sounds wierd but i want a diet that is good to build muscle i work out every other day but i dont want a diet where i will gain weight if i dont work out that day from the carbs/calories. If anyone can give me some advise/sites or give some ideas of good diets greatly appreciated


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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 3rd 2010, 05:20 PM

I'd recommend you stick to the plan where you'll eat healthy breakfast at a certain time and do your daily activities but don't eat anything between the times, and at lunch eat healthy or your choice but if your eating any junk food, I consider you having junk food once every 2 weeks as the body will beat it. and at dinner your choice.

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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 4th 2010, 06:18 AM

Um okay if you're building muscle, you're going to gain weight because muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is made out of fat so you won't be gaining fat if you're gaining muscle.

If you want to build muscle muscle, eat iron. There's lots of it in certain fruits and vegetables and red meat. Also, if you want to build muscle you can't do a weight training workout every day. You need at least a day's rest for your muscles to rebuild in between.


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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 6th 2010, 07:58 PM

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I'd recommend you stick to the plan where you'll eat healthy breakfast at a certain time and do your daily activities but don't eat anything between the times, and at lunch eat healthy or your choice but if your eating any junk food, I consider you having junk food once every 2 weeks as the body will beat it. and at dinner your choice.

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Most serious lifters eat more than 3x a day. The idea works for the majority of people that lift weights, and even benefits people that do not lift. Eating 3x a day WITH SNACKS IN BETWEEN keeps your metabolism going through the TEM (thermic effect of a meal). Generally speaking, a person's metabolism slows down between meals because your body has to sustain the energy the calories of the meal you just ate provided until you get to your next meal. Less time between meals = less time for your metabolism to slow down. The only diet I have seen that does NOT use this idea is called the Warrior Diet.

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Um okay if you're building muscle, you're going to gain weight because muscle weighs more than fat. Muscle is made out of fat so you won't be gaining fat if you're gaining muscle.

If you want to build muscle muscle, eat iron. There's lots of it in certain fruits and vegetables and red meat. Also, if you want to build muscle you can't do a weight training workout every day. You need at least a day's rest for your muscles to rebuild in between.
Muscle is more dense than fat, it doesn't weigh more. They are two different tissues- muscle is not made out of fat.

In terms of diet, I would say you are going to have to determine what works with your body. Some people enjoy ketogenic diets, and that works for them (both muscle gain and fat loss), where some people do well on a high carbohydrate diet. Just try and tinker around and see what works for you. If you are serious about lifting OP, try doing some research on www.bodybuilding.com (check the forums as well) and www.exrx.net


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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 7th 2010, 06:48 AM

Just don't overdo the calorie surplus basically. And if you're going to be alternating between workout days and relatively inactive days, adjusting your carb levels between the days could probably also be of use.

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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 7th 2010, 01:23 PM

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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 12th 2010, 05:34 AM

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I'd suggest some Whey Protien since you do work out. Some websites has workouts for you to do and also suggests a lot of different foods for you to eat for your personal goal.

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Re: Eating to build muscle but to also watch weight - April 15th 2010, 03:31 AM

A lot depends on your current body composition. If you're overweight, it's best to run a calorie deficit and focus on sustaining muscle rather than expecting dramatic increases. Once your body fat is down [Edited], run a surplus along with weight training and light cardio to gain muscle. You'll also gain weight -- there will be no fat to displace, but as long as you stay within [Edited] your daily caloric needs you will probably gain very little fat.

If you're just starting out and are overweight, try running a slight calorie deficit, in my experience you will still be able to gain some muscle even while holding or losing weight.

If you're underweight, run a surplus (obviously), but don't rush it or you risk gaining a lot of fat in addition to muscle. A
[Edited: Read "small"] increase a week is a good goal.

Generally, it's best to stay away from a high carb diet -- foods with a high glycemic index cause blood sugar spikes and excessive insulin release may have detrimental effects on muscle development. Also, the body metabolizes carbs before fat, which will make burning any excess fat more difficult. Try to aim for 40/30/30 carbs/protein/fat, and remember that fat contains 9g fat per gram as opposed to 4g for the other two. A balanced diet can only help, the "fast food" bulk may or may not work in the short term but will almost certaintly hurt in the long run.

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