Originally posted by ShawnQ
Have you heard of using them or was the guy I talked to just an idiot?
Can't say that I have. I do feel though, that working at GNC gives no validation to his opinion anymore than getting training advice from a skinny guy in a tank top just because you've seen him in a 24 Hour Fitness uniform before. Experience is what I look for in recommendations, especially when the advisor is about to take my hard earned money. Ask him if he has used either and what the net effect was. If he says he hasn't, then ask where he got his info from. Some supplements are more effective than others on the grand scale, and even more specifically will respond differently to your body chemistry than others. If you think the guy is shooting straight then try them for a week or two (or bottle) and see what happens. You'll soon know if it's worth it to you.
I am of the opinion however, that if you are just starting a program, spend a week or two supplement free and use that time too build a solid nutritional base on which to add a little "help". I promise, the supplements won't do jack if you are eating the wrong foods.
If I wish to stay lean, but not build too much more mass, what should I eat? I'm not worried about building some mass...but like I learned before (when I used to work out), it's a lot easier for me to get CUT, and THEN build mass...it is harder to get cut after you bulk up, at least for me.
Well, now I'm already bulked up a little, and I need to cut it down, so what type of diet should I consider? High Protein? Low? High carb? low? Etc...I've never really 'dieted' per say, just watched that I didn't eat any sweets or anything, not much else though...so help in the diet area would be great.
Diet is another subjective aspect of fitness, but I find a higher protien diet (50% or more) to be best for me for preserving lean mass while cutting up. I'd say start at around 2000 calories (this is based on you basal metabolic rate depending on your lean body mass) in 6 meals, and no more than 30 grams of fat. See how you feel after a day or two and go from there. If you truthfully listen to your body and are eating often enough, you should be able to find a point where you are eating just as you get hungry again. This takes lots of practice and a keen knowlege of your metabolism, so just be patient and continually and consciously evolve your diet to where you need it. Once you do that successfully the weight will be gone permanently, only to be gained back in small proportion to lean mass when you start bulking again.
Pick up any of the various health magazines for healthy recipies, but a good list of staples is as follows:
potatoes (no butter of course)
white rice (steamed)
baby-peel carrots (great quick snack)
fat-free frozen yogurt (nice treat on occasion)
Start reading labels and no fast food until you reach your goal, (cheeseless turkey sub from subway is the ONLY fast food I will touch) and stay away from alcohol. I know this is alot to absorb and will take time to implement, just make smart food choices and you will get there.