Originally Posted by thegrova
Howdy All. Thanks for the feed back and comments. In particular the link to directfitness.com. I have previously seen a dietician and have been weight training for years - but seem to make little progress. I have decided that I want compete and previously have found the issue of the diet the biggest challenge. Not because I cannot eat regularly but because I quickly get tired of the lack of variety. Which is why I am looking for recipe suggestions.
OK i have experience. I used to be an avid body builder. I got pretty big at one point. I am 6'2'' and i got to 280 pounds. I do have one picture of me when i was that big to bad i don't currently have it online though. Anyways i want you to understand something here. When you look at most of the muscles...almost all of those individuals are steroided out. They take massive amounts of testosterone, deca, dianabol, finaplex. THey even take more than the casual people on these drugs. Not only do that they do other things to keep them lean like clebuterol and lasix to make them look more cut. I guess what im telling you is don't expect to get that big. If you do you might be disappointed in the end. A lot with potential have to do with genetics. There are people out there that could live for years and years and do everything right (diet, program, whatever) and they would still be skiny. Im not saying they won't get stronger because they will but they will have limits. I have been graced with genetics to put one muscle pretty easily. I see few people in the gym that can get as big as me without taking anabolics.
That said my lifting came to a screetching halt. I hurt my lower back pretty badly (smith machine & squats) if you really want to know what did it. My doctor had told me to either stop doing what i was doing or risk becoming paralized. Well this was a no-brainer for me. So my once lifting passion has turned into passion for running. Unfortunatly the gentics for running and lifting are like opposites.
Anways onto diet (sorry i rant a lot sometimes). It depends. Don't look into one of those body building magazines and look at their diets and think if you start one of them you will get as big as the people in the magazines because you won't. Those people in the magazines sometimes eat anywhere in the 6000-10,000 calorie a day mark because they are taking heavy anabolics and they are gifted gentically at the same time. If you try to eat a diet like that all you will do is get fat. Here is what i would do. I would start to increase your calorie content a little at a time. Maybe 300-400 calories a day. You need to keep track of 2 things:
1) Body Fat
Make sure you keep your body fat in check. You can expect some increase it it but if you see large increases in body fat without a increase in strength that means you are at your limit and taking in more calories than your body needs so you need to cut back or do more cardio if you want. So what im saying here is the make slow increases in your daily calorie intake and maybe every couple of weeks evaluate whats happening. If you see your strength increasing and your body fat only increasing by a small amount your doing the right thing.
here is a really good site for real world goals in weightlifting:
Cyberpump! - The Home of High Intensity Training (HIT)
. Use what you learning here as a basis for goals and not the body building magazines (which are horrible). Read the Hardgainer FAQ & the HIT FAQ and you will be on your way to a better body.