I still consider myself a newbie, so I figured i’d post here. I’m 5’10, male, 19yr old, and last time I checked I was about 210 lb. But, since then I’ve lost weight and gained some muscle.
I have a few questions actually, my first question is: how much cheese is too much? Sometimes when I’m lazy and want something quick, I put a small pizza on the pizza maker and eat that, and I also put cheese on my burgers, sandwiches; I heard it was a good thing to eat a lot of dairy is this true for someone wanting to build a lot of muscle?
My second question is: can I effectively build muscle all over my body just by using dumbells? Or should I be going to the gym? I figured since the dumbell exercises are so diverse that it was a good choice, and its easier on my schedule between work & college.
Right now i’m only using 25 pound dumbells, but they’ve gotten easier to lift, they still put a strain on me depending on what exercise I do however. Should I move on to something heavier if I want to build muscle?
My third question is: should I have a stricter diet to lose the excess fat on my belly or should I just exercise the muscles in that area? Or both? Would I not gain as much if I dieted?
Edit: Also I forgot to ask, should I use nitric oxide and creatine? Or just plain whey protein and milk? Or a combination of those?
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Regarding cheese, there’s no reason why not to eat it if it fits in with your allowed calories and fat/protein intake. I lost 30lbs of fat last year while putting on muscle(I was a Former Fat Boy at 210), and I ate tons of cheese (usually the reduced calorie stuff so I could fit it into my diet easier, since it’s pretty calorically dense and I like to eat). Just make sure you get adequate fibre, cuz too much cheese will block you up.
As for the dumbells, yeah, you can effectively build muscle all over your body with the proper dumbell exercises, but not with just those 25lbs dumbells. I suggest you get the gym membership and find a way to make time (unless you wanna blow a lot more money for some dumbells).
And dude. Diet it HUGE! If you want to lose fat, you need proper diet! No matter how hard you work, you can’t outtrain a shitty diet. And spot reducing doesn’t work. Just eat right, and work hard. On that note, why are you eating a bunch of pizza, burgers, and sandwiches?(If anyone knows of a way to make eating pizza help me shed fat, I’d love to know, because I’m missing out on life). I mean, the occasional cheat meal is ok, depending on your diet, but not regularly. Clean up your diet, and you’ll see better fat loss results.
If you’re doing adequate resistance training, you won’t really lose muscle if you work on fat loss (and since you’re a beginner, you might even make gains).
And finally: Nitric oxide = don’t waste your money.
Creatine = hit the gym for a while first to drop your fat. No use spending the money now.
Protein powder = never a bad idea. Especially if you’re eating shitty college food and can’t get enough protein.
Hope that helps. Best of luck.