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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-01-2009, 11:53 PM
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Originally Posted by dmiller21283 View Post
since its easier to break down carbs than protein, should I cut back on protein and take in more carbs? to me this seems logical. Carbs are easily converted to energy and will burn quickly where as protein takes longer to break down and is the building block of muscle.
The reason for the gut is bad carbs. Trust me, I've bulked up too.. eating macaroni and cheese, cheese burgers, grilled cheeses (they all have white bread or proccessed grain if you see what I'm sayin.) I still added a lot of mass and strength on that diet but dude thats where the belly came from. Not that I'm trying to offend you but people would lecture me on good and bad carbs but it took me like a year to fully understand.

If you eat a slice of white bread, it gets in your system quick and doesn't burn long. If you eat a piece of brown bread it stays in your system longer which means it's burning longer. This is ideal for losing weight and before you train so that you are constantly being fueled with energy. Now what happens when it burns longer is that it increases your metabolism. So you want to constantly be fueling your body all day (6 meals) if you wanna lose weight.

And you shouldn't categorize protein and carbs as two different things it doesn't rly make sense, it depends on the food. I would recommend HIGH PROTEIN/LOW CARB so cut a lot of carbs out. And if you eat carbs make sure its whole wheat or google a list of complex carbs, no simple carbs like sugar, gatorade,pop, etc. And no carbs for dinner if your serious about losing weight. And with the other part if your taking protein shakes they absorb into your body very fast not slow. So stack up on the whey and eggs. It'll get you cut, trust me.

Please don't mind the bold letters I was just trying to make this as simple as possible.
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Seems like your biggest problem is that you eat lots of low quality carbohydrates:
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2 servings of raisin bran in the morning with skim milk.
Look at the table of contents on the side of the pack: Does it have added sugar? If it does, change it to a brand that doesn't add extra sugar. Raisins contain enough natural sugar.
a sandwich
What kind of bread and what's on it?
If the hamburger bread is the same soft white kind that the big chains use, it has a GI similar to refined sugar and should be avoided.
french fries or some other form of baked potatoes, pasta noodles, rice
Change to slower carbs such as cooked potatoes, whole-grain pasta and brown rice.
My vice is pop
I guess it's self explanatory, the pop has to go.
I've been trying to eat crackers like cheeze-its instead of chips
Eat peanuts, cashew nuts, pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds instead. Cheez-its contain hydrogenated vegetable oils which are very unhealthy and fattening, not to mention the white wheat flour.
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Stop drinking soda man, thats liquid sugar.
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Originally Posted by dmiller21283 View Post
I think I've read that before. Surprisingly there a lot of foods on there that I thought would be bad for you. I guess its the form of fat and calories that matters.

What kinda of cardio should I do to maximize fat loss? I usually run for 20 minutes 3 days a week at about 5 mph. The treadmill says 288 calories. But that's only 3 days a week.
You're not going to lose weight regardless of how much cardio you do if you keep feeding yourself the poor food you do.
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Stop drinking soda man, thats liquid sugar.
More like liquid awesomeness.

If you have to drink them (and I do), have them after a good workout, when your body can use the sugar for replenishing glycogen stores. Also, make sure it's sweetened with actual sugar, not high fructose corn syrup. Jones soda, Coca-Cola imported from South/Central America, Dublin Dr. Pepper (Dublin, TX, that is), Boylan's are all made with real sugar.

Don't get me started on US corn subsidies and cane sugar tariffs.

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