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Alright, this is my first post in the nutritional section, and currently I'm looking to bulk and bulk as much as possible and fast as possible, I play baseball during the summer and I just want to have more power and weight behind my bat so that's a huge reason I want to bulk, but I also want to bulk because I'm not exactly the biggest guy around, (18 years old, 140 pounds, 5'11) and well it doesn't hurt to look go for summer so anything helps. If anyone can give suggestions for meals it would help a lot currently what I'm eating is lots of cooked chicken breast with white rice and whole grain rice on occasions, or I'll eat the chicken with whole wheat pasta. I eat peas and carrots with most of my meals as a side. I also tend to eat lots of eye of the round steak with mashed potatos aswell. As for breakfast I tend to eat 2 sunny side up fried eggs (omega 3 eggs), with 2 pieces of brown toast with nothing on it. I'll also eat honey nut cherios with skim milk on occasion if I'm in a hurry. These are my main go to meals I want to change it up a bit and give me suggestions on if anything I mentioned there isn't worth eating for whatever reasons. Also any suggestions for good snacks? As for the workout itself I go 5 days a week with 2 rest days, monday chest, tuesday back, wednesday shoulders and calves, thursday rest day, friday arms(triceps, biceps), saturday legs, sunday rest day, repeat. On occasions I'll also do triceps monday and biceps tuesday along with the workouts mentioned before. I also do abs 1-2 times a week. I do about 4 sets of 8-12 reps of everything I do. and usually about 5+ workouts for each category. (if you need me to be more clear about which workouts I do exactly let me know). But suggestions on types of workouts I can add, change my routine, etc. I've been going to the gym for a while now with my younger brother and I usually get my workouts online preferably bodybuilding.com but now I memorized my workouts and just do much of the same every time I workout. as for supplements, I'm currently taking 7 pills every morning with my breakfast (the megamen pack), I take c4 pre-workout before every workout as I have so little energy I find, then post-workout I take a protein shake with skim milk, and peanut butter in it for added protein. I also add a scoop of almax creatine to every protein shake. I drink lots of water so I'm not really worried about the creatine, I find that what I'm doing shows little results, I'll put on a pound after a long while of doing what I'm currently doing, I feel like what I'm doing is working but I'm just not sure, I get good pumps, I don't always sweat but I do occasionally. anything helps at all guys, please tell me what I'm doing wrong and how I can improve and where to start. I'm going back to the gym tomorrow after being off for a week, my membership is being renewed so tomorrow is a new day. Thanks a bunch for reading!
Realised we don't have one of these and I know a lot of people are trying to eat better for the new year so I figured I'd start one up. I've recently moved out and started cooking for myself. Initially I was really intimidated because cooking looked really hard and complicated, but I realised with the right tools you can cook good meals without needing to use 50 different ingredients and 20 different spices. The first thing I did that made my life incredibly easy was buy myself a cheap Slow Cooker and Rice Cooker. I use these to cook a lot of my meals and they take a lot of the hassle out of cooking. There's a really good slowcooking subreddit and they have a 6 ingredients or less thread in the sidebar that I've used since now to make some pretty good simple and cheap meals. Because I've started working out I've needed to eat healthy and eat a lot so I've been trying to make meals with a lot of protein and fat, here's an example of my average day when I go to the gym: [spoiler]Breakfast: Porridge Oats (peanut butter, jam, yoghurt, protein powder) Banana Orange Juice Aprrox 600 kcal Lunch if at school: smoked salmon and cream cheese/tuna sandwich or leftover pasta or cheap chicken deli wrap from mcdonalds Aprrox 200-300 kcal Lunch if at home: Yesterdays leftovers, pasta with meatballs Aprrox 500 Kcal Snack: Banana, Mixed Nuts,Terry's Chocolate Orange Aprrox 200 Kcal Post Workout Meal Chicken Katsu Curry from Wasabi in Waterloo Station 1050 Calories Protein Shake on the way Home (banana, peanut butter, oats, yoghurt, whey, milk) Aprox 400-500 calories Dinner Shredded Mexican Chicken with Black Beans, Salsa and Rice (slowcooking recipe) Approx 500 Kcal Pre bed Snack More Oats, or French Bread with Bacon and Maple Syrup Approx 500 Kcal [/spoiler] If I hit this consistenly every day (which isn't always) I end up eating way above my TDEE and so bulk well. Anyway post here for recipes, advice, tips, or if you have any advice or tips to give. My main tips are: Buy a rice cooker, buy a slow cooker, make bananas one of your staples, don't get too intimidated by recipes that have loads of spices, look for super cheap deals on protein (meat and fish) at your supermarkets. I can also share some of my favourite slow cooker recipes if anyone needs them, Once you start eating healthy you realise how easy it is. If you can get through the first hard part of pushing yourself to cook you're sorted.