Posted by: Superd | 2004/01/29

diet advice<br>diet advice


Im going to start a gym course where I would like to both build some muscle but tone and lose some flab. Can you suggest a diet to help with this.


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Dear Suped
To lose weight you need to combine a weight loss diet (i.e. a balanced diet with a reduced energy content, so start cutting out fats) with your exercise. Click on 'Diet' and 'Weight loss' and 'Slimming Diet' for a copy of a low-fat, energy-reduced diet which you can use. You don't really need to increase your protein intake to build muscle as most South Africans eating a western diet eat more than enough protein anyway.
Best regards

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Posted by: kennyg | 2004/02/02

Reducing fat is based on outdated research that is just plain wrong. To lose weight, you need to cut out the dense carbohydrates like bread, pasta, potatoes, rice and sugar.

The fats are essential to the correct functioning of your hormones. They do not cause coronary heart disease, contrary to what the drug companies, and their paid lackies would have you believe.

If your body fat percentage is not excessively high, you can simply go for a balanced diet (balanced means 35% protein, 35% fats and 30% carbs) and you will lose weight in the form of body fat, not muscle.

The muscle building formulas combine protein and carbs to promote rapid muscle recovery after exercise, and hence muscle growth.

Do your own research. When you are training, you need up to 2 grams of protein per kilogram of lean body mass per day. You also need plenty of calcium and the anti-oxidant vitamins, especially vitamin C.

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