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    Wasted Years

    I've wasted so many years trying to both lose fat, and gain muscle at the same time. I"ve had times were I've built up big and stong (bench got up over 405) but my stomach grew big too!
    I'm 6'1", 243 now (down from 265) and I'm starting to think about how I'll build my muscle back up once I'm satisfied with how lean I am (probably will be around 220-225). I"ve been lifting whole body on Tue and Sat with cardio on the other days and it's worked well, haven't lost a lot of strength.
    I don't think I need to BULK like many do, my body just absorbs nutrients and builds easily.
    So HOW should I go about it? I am thinking about keeping the protein where it is (300g per day) and adding clean carbs at 2 hour intervals with the protein meals (pasta, breads, cereals, milk, etc...).
    I tend to put a stomach on easy with the muscle, so how can I keep that to a minimum (realizing I'll get some fat storage).
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    Quote Originally Posted by homeboybonanza
    I've wasted so many years trying to both lose fat, and gain muscle at the same time. I"ve had times were I've built up big and stong (bench got up over 405) but my stomach grew big too!
    I'm 6'1", 243 now (down from 265) and I'm starting to think about how I'll build my muscle back up once I'm satisfied with how lean I am (probably will be around 220-225). I"ve been lifting whole body on Tue and Sat with cardio on the other days and it's worked well, haven't lost a lot of strength.
    I don't think I need to BULK like many do, my body just absorbs nutrients and builds easily.
    So HOW should I go about it? I am thinking about keeping the protein where it is (300g per day) and adding clean carbs at 2 hour intervals with the protein meals (pasta, breads, cereals, milk, etc...).
    I tend to put a stomach on easy with the muscle, so how can I keep that to a minimum (realizing I'll get some fat storage).
    Thanks.
    -HB

    bro, the past is the past what counts is what youl do starting today. as for your carb (pasta, bread, milk) choices most will agree that their are better. choices.

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    Got it. To clean bulk don't get sloppy.
    Also, thanks for the encouragement! I'm 31 and have been a student of the game since High School. Been generally happy building my physique, I'm just at a crossroads now and paying attention to doing things more productively is paramount. I used to just eat and gain, never really got out of shape...but now...whew...gotta do it right or else my gut grows too!
    Thanks dog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homeboybonanza
    Got it. To clean bulk don't get sloppy.
    Also, thanks for the encouragement! I'm 31 and have been a student of the game since High School. Been generally happy building my physique, I'm just at a crossroads now and paying attention to doing things more productively is paramount. I used to just eat and gain, never really got out of shape...but now...whew...gotta do it right or else my gut grows too!
    Thanks dog.
    I hear ya bro, im 27 years old. been working out since i was 18 hardly made any significant gains. biggest gains ive had so far are when i joined ar, learned about nutrition and smart dieting. its made a world of difference. diet is paramount. i hear ya tho, nothing like eating whatever you want. i guess discipline is they key. i wish i found this sight sooner remember its never too late til ytou decide and give up peace!

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    Thanks bro.
    You don't think that the mowing I'm doing is burning any fat? It's a low intensity so it has to be...maybe not intense enough to burn LOTS of cals, but enough to be burning fat nicely...I'll be doing seperate cardio anyway.

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    Try doing 1-2 days cardio for 2-3 weeks with your mowing, then evaluate the results and take it from there.

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    I'd run calories in the maintaince range and rid the fat with cardio several days a week. Keep food selections clean (lean protein meats and cleans carbs such as yams, oats and brown rice) and stress the importance of meal timing (i.e. the best times to eat carbs, etc..). Let the cardio get your weight down to where your satisified. Try not making the mistake of dropping your cals too fast in order to rush to meet your goals. Remember keeping muscle is half the battle when dieting!

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    thanks dog.

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