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aboutbusiness20
07-25-2015, 03:08 PM
Hey everyone,

I'm pretty new to the forum and I've just began my journey to become an expert in bodybuilding.

My name is Josh and I'm 24 and it's nice to meet all of you and I've come across a stumbling block!

I've decided to take up Jim Stoppani's 6-week short cut workout plan which is killer. I went to the gym today and tested it out and you will certainly see results if your focused.

My problem is I'm not a fan of his food choices I mean it doesn't really get tasty until dinner time and the rest of the day is bland. (Didn't realize he gave other alternatives but still would like some advice)

I'm not experienced enough yet to know which foods I can replace and if all those supplement vitamins he has are even required right now at my stage.

I'm 185 with an athletic build and I'm pretty fit just not toned and ripped the way I want to be ripped.

I'm just looking for strictly gains and building muscle. I don't want to get BIG I just want to lean out and tone up.

Could anyone give me some suggestive meal plans for this right here and I'm looking to spend anywhere from $150-$200 per month on groceries on the foods assuming it will give me 4 weeks worth of food every month.

Thank you so much for the help. Throw a bone to the newbie would you?

sevenhm
07-25-2015, 03:10 PM
Drop the Stoppani program. Calculate your calories then apply a 10% surplus. Aim to gain 1-1.5lbs per 2 weeks. If you're gaining too fast drop by 100kcal of whichever macronutrient you prefer provided your minimum fat/protein requirements are met. If you're not gaining increase by 100kcal with the aforementioned guidelines. Pick any of the novice programs below and be consistent.

Please refer to:
Calculating Calories and Macronutrients (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=156380183)
Nutrition For Newbies & Must Read Threads (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=136691851)
Discretionary Calorie Allowance (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=133634471)
The dirt on clean eating (http://wannabebig.com/diet-and-nutrition/the-dirt-on-clean-eating/)

Novice Programs:
All Pro's Beginner Routine (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=147447933)
Stronglifts 5x5 (http://www.stronglifts.com)
Fierce 5 (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=159678631)
Jason Blaha 5x5 (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=148036063)
Starting Strength (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=998224)
Push/Pull/Legs (http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=149807833)

EjnarKolinkar
07-25-2015, 03:25 PM
Jim Stoppani's .......My problem is I'm not a fan of his food choices I mean it doesn't really get tasty until dinner time and the rest of the day is bland.


Sounds like you need a better grip on the basics so you can make your own food choices. See links in post #2 and good luck with it. It's not that hard you can figure the basics out in a day, and build on it with practice.



I don't want to get BIG I just want to lean out and tone up.



toning.com maybe?

aboutbusiness20
07-25-2015, 03:34 PM
Why stop the Stoppani program? I mean I'm not new to working out more than my food choices I'm still learning of course but Im use to HIIT workouts like Insanity etc.. I can't handle simple workouts I don't feel like I'm gaining anything. Is there something wrong with his program or are you thinking I haven't got any knowledge at all on working out and eating?

Thank you so much for the references and I'll look into the food links you've provided.

gbullock32
07-25-2015, 03:45 PM
Why stop the Stoppani program? I mean I'm not new to working out more than my food choices I'm still learning of course but Im use to HIIT workouts like Insanity etc.. I can't handle simple workouts I don't feel like I'm gaining anything. Is there something wrong with his program or are you thinking I haven't got any knowledge at all on working out and eating?

Thank you so much for the references and I'll look into the food links you've provided.It's a trash routine designed to sell supplements.

aboutbusiness20
07-25-2015, 03:58 PM
It's a trash routine designed to sell supplements.

Well if that's the case then I guess I need to re-look at some other workout programs because obviously the results he is promising isn't real? I mean the workouts feel good but I suppose not I'll just keep on looking then! Have a lot of content to cut through here.

gbullock32
07-25-2015, 04:02 PM
Well if that's the case then I guess I need to re-look at some other workout programs because obviously the results he is promising isn't real? I mean the workouts feel good but I suppose not I'll just keep on looking then! Have a lot of content to cut through here.sevenhm gave a great list, read through those.