I am new to this website. I was introduced to it at my gym. I am interested in losing fat and increasing muscle. I am 5'0 and weigh 163. At my lowest weight I weighed 135. I am very stocky and put on muscle easy. There is so much information, i need some pointers on how to best lose weight and begin with a weight lifting program. I feel like right now I am contridicting myself. I am willing to take any advice or suggestions.
start with this...
GENERAL CUTTING GUIDELINES:
1. Eat every 2-3 hours, balanced meals of protein, carbs, fat. Exception: you don't necesarily have to eat carbs for your last meal or two of the day, you CAN just eat protein and fat. Unless it's post workout, then you NEED to eat some carbs.
2. Try to keep the protein intake in each of your meals consistent. Eat a minimum of your bodyweight in grams of protein, divided up equally into each of your meals.
3. Don't be afraid of fat, you NEED fat in order to BURN fat. You need to turn your body into a fat burning machine. In order to do this, you keep your carbs fairly low and your fat intake moderate. As in, the lower your carbs, the more fat you should be consuming.
4. Avoid sugars like the plague. Read your labels, avoid food with sugar listed in the ingredients.
5. Avoid processed foods, like those in boxes/packages and also anything made with white flour. White flour is overprocessed. Also anything that says, "enriched" avoid it as well.
6. Eat as close to nature as you can. In other words, the closer the food to how it occurs in nature, the better for you it is, and ESPECIALLY for fat burning.
7. Avoid starchy carbs like corn, bread, pasta.
8. For your last meal or two of the day, have only green veggies for your carbohydrates.
9. Last but not least, do NOT cut your calories too low. For starters I wouldn't even drop ANY calories. I would eat maintenance calories and just focus on cleaning up your diet and getting consistent with a good macronutrient ratio (protein, carbs, fat). Examples of good cutting ratios are: 40P/30C/30F, 40P/25C/35F, or 40P/20C/40F (of course there ARE others, those are just MY personal preferences).
10. A good website (free) to help you keep track of your calories, protein, carbs, and fat is: www.fitday.com or www.calorieking.com
Here are some good choices for foods to eat, conducive to burning fat and/or staying lean. If the food you are eating is not on this list, I would question it.
Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
Tuna (water packed)
Fish (salmon, seabass, halibut)
Extra Lean Ground Beef or Ground Round (92-96%)
Egg Whites or Whole Eggs
Ribeye Steaks or Roast
Top Round Steaks or Roast (aka Stew Meat, London Broil, Stir Fry)
Top Sirloin (aka Sirloin Top Butt)
Beef Tenderloin (aka Filet, Filet Mignon)
Top Loin (NY Strip Steak)
Flank Steak (Sir Fry, Fajita)
Eye of Round (Cube Meat, Stew Meat, Bottom Round , 96% LeandGround Round)
Ground turkey, Turkey Breast Slices or cutlets (fresh meat, not deli cuts)
Low-fat cottage cheese
SLOW BURNING/COMPLEX CARBS
Oatmeal (Old Fashioned or Quick Oats)
Sweet Potatoes (Yams)
Beans (pinto, black, kidney)
Oat Bran Cereal
Farina (Cream of Wheat)
Multigrain Hot Cereal
Whole wheat or Spinach Pasta
100% Stoneground Whole Wheat Bread
Green Leafy Lettuce (Green Leaf, Red, Leaf, Romaine)
Green or Red Pepper
Lemons or Limes
Natural Peanut Butter
Olive Oil or Safflower Oil
Nuts (peanuts, almonds)
Other Tea (without sugar)
Coffee (without sugar)
Reduced Sodium Soy Sauce
Reduced Sodium Teriyaki Sauce
Hot Peppers and Hot Sauce
Sugar Free Maple Syrup
Extracts (vanilla, almond, etc )
Low Sodium beef or chicken broth
Plain or reduced sodium tomatoes sauce, puree, paste)
Stevia (natural sweetener)
GENERAL TRAINING GUIDELINES
1. Always start with big muscle groups first. Always do chest before triceps and shoulders, always do back before biceps.
2. Work each bodypart once per week with the exception of abs and calves, you can work them 2-3 times per week if you'd like.
3. For big muscle groups, generally do 3-4 exercises per part, 3-4 sets per exercise.
4. For smaller muscle groups, do 2-3 exercises per part, 2-3 sets per exercise.
5. Work each muscle group to failure on each set with the exception of warm-up sets. Pick a weight where you cannot physically lift it more than 12 reps. Lift the weight til you can't lift it anymore (for 12 reps or less).
6. Take 1-3 minutes rest between each set of 6-12 reps.
7. Make up your training split based on how many days per week you can go to the gym and how long you want to spend there. Personally, I wouldn't try to do more than 2 bodyparts per session if you can help it. Reason is cause it's very difficult to maintain your intensity for more than two bodyparts. If you are really giving it all you got, you'll find it quite difficult to still have the energy to train that third bodypart.
8. Never do cardio before lifting weights, ALWAYS do cardio AFTER weight training and PREFERABLY on a separate day altogether.
9. Don't overdo it on the cardio, cardio is WAY overrated in terms of burning fat. DIET and weight training (muscle) is what's gonna burn the fat for you. For starters, I'd only do cardio twice a week for no more than 30 min and I recommend high intensity interval training if you're up to it. H.I.I.T. is explained in the "workouts" section I believe, blue tab at top.
NOTE: If you are a total beginner and have not mastered the proper lifting techniques/forms yet, I would NOT advise starting with heavy weights but rather a weight you can lift in the 12-15 rep range until you have mastered the proper form, to avoid injury.
For different weight training exercises to do, see the blue tab at the top of the page labeled "exercises". Each exercise has its own description along with an animated illustration to show you how to perform the exercise properly.
EXAMPLE OF A TRAINING SPLIT
Monday - back & abs
Tuesday - chest & shoulders
Wednesday - cardio
Thursday - legs, calves
Friday - arms
Saturday - off
Sunday - cardio
here is some more information on losing body fat...
13 Weeks to Hardcore Fat Burning " The Diet "
13 Weeks to Hardcore Fat Burning " The Workout "
Self Analysis Part Two - Nutrition & Supplementation
H.I.I.T. Aerobics, An Unconventional Way To Get Shredded!
that should be enough to get you started, or at least confused enough to post a bunch of questions [img]/forum/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]
THE BODY CAN ACHIEVE WHAT THE MIND BELIEVES
What are you doing now? What's your diet like? How about your workouts?
It's very tough to lose fat and increase muscle at the same time. It's better to just pick one and concentrate on that.
The guidelines that GetPsycho posted are excellent for losing fat.
Weight: 150 Height: 5'7"
Thanks so much for the information. Now I just have to get myself going. I am anxious and will let you know of the results.