After too much research, I'm so confused that I'm stuck at a standstill. I'm at the point that I just need someone to tell me what to do so I can start doing something.
I practice martial arts and my aim is to get back into full time training but I'm always lacking a lot of energy. I've been putting this down to my nutrition as this is the only area really lacking any consistency.
I am 70.5kg and approximately 23% body fat. In the past year, I've lost 8kg of fat and gained just over 3kg in muscle. Ultimately, I'm looking at reducing my fat levels to 16% which means losing another 5kg of fat.
I have read so much conflicting information, I just don't know what to do anymore. I've read that I should be on a high carb diet (70% intake). Ive read i should be on a low carb diet (30% intake). I've also read that I should be carb cycling. I've read that I should be on a high protein diet. But the most mind boggling of all is reading that I should be consuming 1300 calories by one Martial arts text to 3500 calories in another. That is a HUGE difference!
Where do I start?
- I burn 250 to 600 calories in exercise per standard day (0.5-1.5hrs training) and up to 1500 calories on Wednesdays (3hrs training)
- Chicken breast is my only meat source
- I'm happy to eat the same food types every day as variety doesn't phase me
04-10-2012, 11:35 PM #1
I don't know what nutritional information to believe
04-11-2012, 12:06 AM #2
04-11-2012, 12:13 AM #3
You're overthinking it way too much. At the end of the day, it all comes down to cals in vs cals out.
All those carb tricks are for bodybuilders so dont worry about them. They are ment for surprising your body with carbs to draw more waters into the muscles to look bigger. Probly not what youre aiming for.
Just find your daily metabolic rate, and eat below it every day while also doing some form of cardio 4-5 times a week.
I train fasted when i get low on bf to help cut (~15% for guys) but some would argue agajnst doing that
Im not too hot on womens nutrition so bare with me on this last part. Most men eat aroud 2000cals a day while lifting and cardio several times a week to lose weight. Id imagine a woman would be somwhere a little below that since you are lighter and more likely less muscular than average exercising males
04-11-2012, 01:36 AM #4
Nutrition is by far not a strong point for me and never has been. My training is great and very structured towards my goals. I am here asking because I want to step up to the next level.
For the last two kilos I was trying to shift to get to my first goal weight, I successfully did that on 1400 calories eating 118g protein, 46g healthy fats and high carbs at breakfast and post workout, but once again I've hit a plateu I've been the same for the past four weeks. At least I haven't gained anything
04-11-2012, 01:45 AM #5
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You might just need to keep plugging on. Your 'stall' might just be retained water.
As the above posters mentioned, it is not as complicated as you seem to think:
- calorie defecit
- adequate protein and fat
- adequate vitamins and minerals
...and that's pretty much it. The rest is down to preference - you can experiment with different levels of carbs vs. fats to see how it makes you feel but if you feel OK on your current diet then you don't have to change it if you would rather not.
04-11-2012, 01:49 AM #6
Going on from that, I know on average I burn around 3000-3500 calories on a full training week. So that would mean I should eat an extra 400-500 calories daily on top of the 1515 to maintain weight, less intake to lose?
Sorry about the 'ignorance' on the subject but it's something I find really hard to get my head around.
04-11-2012, 01:50 AM #7
I'm currently on ketosis, my macros are Calories:2,365
You should research it, it's really different.
I'm pretty much on a vegan diet, I do alot of functional-strength training.
I also do martial arts, I train combat sambo, boxing and judo.
I combine that with parkour, climb up and down a rope using just your arms ten times.
Subscribed by the way, hope you get help.
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