Originally Posted by PonyFever
I've been drinking a Pepsi a day for lunch longer than I care to remember. I tried replacing it with Gatoraid but one of the trainers said if you drink something like Gatoraid without working out, you can get too much of a good thing (salt for one thing), leading to things like diarreah (sp?). I'm going to try Lipton Green Tea for a while since it's supposed to have a bit of energy potency without much of the side effects. It is 80 calories though for those that count them.
DUDE. 80 calories > 0 calories. If you're trying to lose some excess baggage, man up and drink diet cokes or water. Seriously. If you want to really get control of your weight, bite the fucking bullet and cut out all the shit you don't need.
I counted calories for several months, down to the chip/nut/tablespoon/ounce of milk. YES... count them all and be very very exact. You'll get to a point where you'll have it stored in your head to where you can pretty much look at a meal and know what you're about to get into. You can stop counting and writing them down, because you'll understand macronutrients and what you need/are getting.
I am trying to bulk up presently, and I've been at the gym like a fiend for 7 months now. Ever heard the phrase, "muscle eats calories"? Well, I am inhaling anything and everything I can find, getting between 2,600-3,200 calories a day, and In 6 weeks I've gained maybe 5 pounds depending on when I last took a crap. I am 5'6", I weigh 154lbs as of 30 minutes ago. I started my mini-bulk at 149lbs.
What I am getting at is that if you keep destroying the weights and lifting your ass off, your body will effectively use what you give it. The more muscle you gain, the more you have to feed it to make it grow and maintain. I'm not saying it's carte blanche to eat $30 worth of taco bell daily, but you can get away with so much more. Hell, I've made a 900ish calorie milkshake an almost daily part of my eating cycle after the gym to kick start this little mini-bulk, and have since a couple weeks after my dead lift meet. I upped my daily caloric intake by ~ 1,000cal/day. Every day. I've only gained about 6 pounds... all of my pants still fit like a charm on my waist: the only thing getting tighter are my shirts across the chest and my pants around the quads
BAD ASS BODIES START IN THE KITCHEN!