Originally Posted by PayWithPain
some good advice here, im just wondering how to bulk up, ppl inform me that i should eat plenty of carbs like bread and pasta.
i started a training diet and logged it very well, i got about two weeks in, and ppl were telling me that i didnt include any fats in my diet.
I was told that bread was fatty, and would bulk me up but theres only 1.5 grams of fat per slice.
i stopped when i got disheartened cos ppl were saying that id eaten a load of stuff for nothing.
i was eating about four meals a day....not bad considering i hate eating and only ate one meal a day!! food is not a priority of mine. im only 21, 6ft and 154 pounds
so should i eat these fats....like a chocolate bar, in my diet or will i get the bult from the carbs?
Carbs aren't nearly as important as protein for bulking up. You should eat 5-6 times a day, and get complete proteins at every meal. These come from sources like egg whites, protein powders, chicken, fish, steak, turkey, milk and cottage cheese.
You should also focus on cleaning up your diet- no processed foods, and make sure to only eat good fats like fish (or fish oil), nuts (peanuts are not nuts) and olives. Eat lots of vegetables and fruits, and try to drink at least a gallon of water a day (no soda or sugary juice or any of that crap).
Make sure to get some protein in your system right after you lift- a protein shake when you get back from the gym works great. Eat a bowl of cottage cheese before you go to bed- this has lots of casein protein that takes about 4 hours to metabolize, allowing your body to use that protein to rebuild muscle; when you work out, you cause small tears in your muscle fiber. When you sleep, your body uses protein to rebuild these fibers bigger and better than before, so if you don't have protein in your system your body can't rebuild. Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Ideally you should wake up after 4 hours and have another bowl of cottage cheese.
These are some basic guidelines, if you need more specifics PM me and I can point you in the right direction.
EDIT: wukkadb is right, white bread is terrible for you, stick to whole grain breads. Other good carb sources are plain oatmeal, brown rice, black and kidney beans.