Hello, first off I'd like to let everyone know that I am happy to have joined this forum and that I hope I achieve my goals with the help of others here.
Right now I am overweight and of course I plan on losing a lot of weight. Last year I went on a no starch, high vegetable and chicken diet and I lost a ton of weight. I achieved this pretty fast and I went off that organized diet right afterward but still ate right. This was midway through last year. Well I picked up bad eating habits and half a year later (now) I have gained all that weight back. I am not really ashamed of what happened as I did gain all of the weight I lost (which I lost pretty fast) in a very slow manner.
Well I'm planning on gaining some muscle (to begin with of course) while I go on my diet. What I'm wondering is if a very little carbohydrate (and they would be coming from the vegetables only), high vegetable and chicken diet will help me gain muscle. I heard that having fat helps one gain lots of muscle. If I go on my diet my body will default on my current fat for its energy and it will burn it up like crazy. Will my body also be able to use that fat that it burns up for muscle gains? Is my diet fine for muscle gaining? Thanks.
01-21-2007, 01:34 AM #1
Would a no starch, high vegetable and chicken diet work?
01-21-2007, 01:43 AM #2
add some healthy fats to the mix and youare pretty close to a keto diet...
so yeah it will work... fats aren't just important for muscles by keeping your testosterone at mid to upper thresholds, but also in cell maintenance, skin, hair, and other bodily health functions. So I would definitely up the fat. You don't need all that protein.
i think you already know it will work and just looking confirmation, so, yeh... do it. BUT ..I would vary your food more? but if you really like chicken that much, ok, its not optimal but it should work...
while your at it check out the keto section.@__@
01-21-2007, 01:56 AM #3
What always worked for me when cutting was to follow an approach like this
Meal 1: 2 eggs, 4 egg whites, 1/2 cup oats (dry measure) 1/4 cup blueberries
Meal 2: whey protein shake
Meal 3: Chicken breast, kidney beans, brussels sprouts
Meal 4: can of tuna
Meal 5: Haddock, black beans, brocoli
Meal 6: cottage cheese
That's just a rough outline.
The idea was to eat a dry carb source with maybe a little fruit (if eating oats or cereal) at the first meal of the day only. Then having two servings of beans a day (black, kidney, red, pinto) and green veggies or a vegie blend such as normandy blend as my carb sources for the rest of the day.
It works great for me. I don't like keto or super low carb. But lower carb definately works for me.
01-21-2007, 02:06 AM #4
01-21-2007, 02:19 AM #5
I wont be eating any fruits, they have sugar in them.
I read up on Keto and I was pretty much doing the stuff on that diet except I wasn't really consuming high fat stuff. I think I'll stick to chicken as it is low in fat and I really want to clean up my heart from whatever fat that may be there.
Good luck on your diet. Ketosis can be a great stage, you will feel really energetic once your body starts burning up all the fat, you'll feel like a train.
01-21-2007, 02:31 AM #6
01-21-2007, 04:47 AM #7
"I won't be eating fruit, they have sugar in them"
*pounds head against wall repeatedly*
Not all sugars are created equally. The sugar from fruit is actually fructose which is MUCH different than regular table sugar, which, in large amounts would hurt you.
The whole avoiding fruit thing is totally unneccesary.
01-21-2007, 08:14 AM #8
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The benefits FAR out weigh any harm that fruits could bring to a diet. Eat fruits at specifc times of day to make the most of what fruits contain. But that would be testing out what works best for you. For me I eat fruit on my 2nd break at work (just before my preW) and more fruit in my PostW.
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