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Old 04-19-2012, 09:04 PM   #161
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I'm eating a lot of protein, but I am having trouble growing lately. My weights have gone up, but I am not seeing more muscle growth. I sometimes feel like i am plateauing or something.

Maybe its just too many juice heads around me in the gym that are messing with my head.
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Old 04-21-2012, 03:11 PM   #162
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I'm eating a lot of protein, but I am having trouble growing lately. My weights have gone up, but I am not seeing more muscle growth. I sometimes feel like i am plateauing or something.

Maybe its just too many juice heads around me in the gym that are messing with my head.
Well this is pretty normal. If you're doing a high protein diet, you're likely losing fat as you gain muscle. So until the excess fat is gone it won't really seem like you are "growing." If you're getting stronger, your muscles are "growing", plain and simple. Net caloric intake each day will determine size more so than the amount of protein you eat.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:06 AM   #163
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I still feel like I'm not losing any weight, seems like my weight has been going up and down over the passed couple of weeks between 2-3 pounds.. my daily intake is..

7:30am, 1 serving Whey shake - 120 calories
10:00am, 3/4 cup egg whites, 1 serving of almonds and a banana.
1pm Piece of chicken/fish, 2/3 cup of rice, and a small serving of veggies
4pm Yogurt (Yoplay light, I know I need to be doing greek, gotta change that) and 1/4 c of granola mixed in.
7ish pm 2 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 servings Whey shake.
I usually eat dinner about 30 minutes later which is
Fish/Chicken and veggies.
10pm Serving of Casein before bed

I calculated it up and its about 2200-2300 calories. I'm at 240 looking to get to 200 and then reevaluate at that point.

I finally got a bench for my birthday so I can put up some heavy weight now, and have been for the passed few days. My workout usually consist of

I warm up with 4 sets of pushups, however many I can do, which isnt much yet, at the end I've probably done about 50 to the 4 sets.

4 sets of 12-15 dumbbell curls.
4 sets of 10-12 reverse curls with a curl bar.
4 sets of 10-12 on the bench.

20-30 Minutes of cardio, which is always done on my stationary, its really the easiest thing I can do while my daughters asleep inside.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:30 AM   #164
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Yeah you should def be losing weight with that setup. Could be water weight. Also, if you're working out pretty hard muscle weighs more than fat so you could be building muscle at a decent rate.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:34 PM   #165
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Man, my gym was crawling with a bunch of dbags tonight. The type that only do the upper body/arms workout, wear the tank tops that don't cover anything and have their little tiny toothpick legs sticking out.
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Old 04-25-2012, 10:02 AM   #166
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Yeah you should def be losing weight with that setup. Could be water weight. Also, if you're working out pretty hard muscle weighs more than fat so you could be building muscle at a decent rate.
I was wondering this, but I feel like I might need to tone back my weight lifting and focus more on cardio because I'm 40 pounds heavier than my goal, and 60 pounds heavier than the suggested weight for my height. I dont look 40 pounds overweight, which is good, but I know my stomach and chest are my trouble areas. My legs are thick and full of muscle due to soccer, and I guess carrying around my big ass lol. Plus I've been doing cardio for the passed 3-4 years almost everyday so thats helped tone them up.

I'm kinda stuck as I dont know how to hit it any harder I guess.
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Old 04-25-2012, 11:33 AM   #167
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Found a pretty good calorie counting app on my phone. Apparently to lose 2 pounds in a healthy manor I need to be eating no more than 1690 calories a day. I think I can work with that. The app is pretty cool, you can scan the barcode of what you ate and tell it how many servings and it'll tell you how many calories you have left and all that jazz. Hopefully this will help out some. I've also decided since I work out every day, that I plan on doing 3 days of only hour long cardio a week. I think at the point I'm at right now I'd rather lose some more weight before I start putting on loads of muscle, plus I go to the beach in a little over a month, so it'd be nice to be in the 220 or less area by then If possible.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:05 PM   #168
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hi all, i started bootcamp 2 1/2 months ago and lost 14 lbs so far. my trainer told me a good tip: the more you lose, the less calories your body needs. make all the calories count with good proteins at each meal. don't eat empty calories that have no value to your system. if you maintain the same amount of calories at a lighter weight, you will maintain or gain. good luck all!
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Old 04-29-2012, 12:28 AM   #169
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I'm eating a lot of protein, but I am having trouble growing lately. My weights have gone up, but I am not seeing more muscle growth. I sometimes feel like i am plateauing or something.

Maybe its just too many juice heads around me in the gym that are messing with my head.
Don't necessarily focus on increasing weight alone. Building strength is linked to muscle fatigue as well, which means you can still build strength with less weight and more repetitions as long as you are working to the point of muscle fatigue.
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Old 04-30-2012, 03:25 PM   #170
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Finally broke through, found a good calorie point for me and have lost about 5 pounds on it. Down to 238 from 255 and lost almost 2 1/2 inches in about 5 weeks.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:34 AM   #171
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What was your starting weight again?

Also, have a cheat day. Your body will get used to the low calorie counts and adjust, which will send you into a plateau. I suggest once every 7-10 days eat an extra 1000 or so calories that day (any way you want to – pizza, fries, whatever); it keeps your metabolism engaged when you consistently take in reduced calories every other day.

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What was your starting weight again?

Also, have a cheat day. Your body will get used to the low calorie counts and adjust, which will send you into a plateau. I suggest once every 7-10 days eat an extra 1000 or so calories that day (any way you want to pizza, fries, whatever); it keeps your metabolism engaged when you consistently take in reduced calories every other day.

Bench is up to 305!
Yeah I have set aside friday/saturday to have 1 day a week to pig out. I started at about 255 and I'm at about 235-236. I've definitely gained some muslce. The only thing I havent done since the beginning was measure my waist, 2 weeks ago I was 45 and 1/2 and now I'm 43
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:17 AM   #173
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Nice dude! Honestly though, I would stretch the refeed (pig out) day to less than once per week. I would do it every 10 days or so. If you're already doing it once every 7 days I don't think it would be too tough to stretch it out a few more days.

Also, when you're lifting, make sure you change your routine, even if it's just in the amount you lift and your rep count. What I mean by that is if you have, say, two "upper body" days per week, make one your "heavy day" (where you use ~90%+ of your max on every exercise, 6-10 reps per set) and one your "light day" (where you use ~75% of your max, 12-15+ reps per set). This will help your body avoid plateaus and also work on toning as well as building.

Admittedly, I get hung up on too many "heavy" days myself because I get bored with the repeated high rep exercises, but if you can be a little more disciplined than I am I strongly suggest it.

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Nice dude! Honestly though, I would stretch the refeed (pig out) day to less than once per week. I would do it every 10 days or so. If you're already doing it once every 7 days I don't think it would be too tough to stretch it out a few more days.

Also, when you're lifting, make sure you change your routine, even if it's just in the amount you lift and your rep count. What I mean by that is if you have, say, two "upper body" days per week, make one your "heavy day" (where you use ~90%+ of your max on every exercise, 6-10 reps per set) and one your "light day" (where you use ~75% of your max, 12-15+ reps per set). This will help your body avoid plateaus and also work on toning as well as building.

Admittedly, I get hung up on too many "heavy" days myself because I get bored with the repeated high rep exercises, but if you can be a little more disciplined than I am I strongly suggest it.

Good luck!
Pigging out every 10 days or so wouldnt be that rough, lately though I've been setting a weight that I want to hit, and when I hit that weight I plan on pigging out. Once I hit 230 I plan on getting the sampler platter at wild wing lol.

Lately I've been just doing heavy weight and making sure I hit muscle failure every time, so that might not be such a bad idea. I can tell my arms are getting stronger because I can do more reps with my heavier weight. It feels like my arms havent grown much since the first week though.
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Your arms are probably going to appear smaller because you are in the process of converting fat to muscle still. Once more muscle definition is able to be seen you'll get the effect of your arms getting bigger just because you can see more definition when in reality they probably still will get a little smaller.

Edit: I say converting fat to muscle but I don't mean that literally.
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Your arms are probably going to appear smaller because you are in the process of converting fat to muscle still. Once more muscle definition is able to be seen you'll get the effect of your arms getting bigger just because you can see more definition when in reality they probably still will get a little smaller.

Edit: I say converting fat to muscle but I don't mean that literally.
. This was along my lines of thinking, as well as losing more of my body fat should give me natural definition should it not?
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. This was along my lines of thinking, as well as losing more of my body fat should give me natural definition should it not?
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. This was along my lines of thinking, as well as losing more of my body fat should give me natural definition should it not?
Keep in mind that it takes at least 5 weeks of training for true muscle hypertrophy to develop.
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Keep in mind that it takes at least 5 weeks of training for true muscle hypertrophy to develop.
I do not know that kind of stuff. I definitely feel strength in the fact that a few of my sets are getting easier and I'm going from 8-10 to 12-15 on a few things.



Right now I'm starting to get hit with the realization of how damn expensive it is to supplement. Its a couple hundred bucks a month it seems like between the stuff I'm taking.

CLA - Pill Form.
Fat Burners - Obviously at one point I'll be able to drop this.
Fish Oil
Multivitamins
ON 100% Whey
Musclepharm Assault
Xtends Intrawork out
ON Casein

The casein seems like it will last about 3-4 months because I only take 1 scoop a night and I got a 5 gallon container, but the Whey seems to go so quick.
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Also my buddy has me taking a shake at 7am when I wake up to get my metabolism going, then I eat at 10 for breakfast, but I feel like this is kinda expensive with me taking 2 more scoops after my work out. Is there anything I can do to replace this scoop, or is it even needed?
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