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Am I a Lost Cause? Can I Be Fixed?


#61

Yeah it’s an area of interest of mine.

That being said, I want to express my surprise in finding that a person that is built like you are and has your stats and achievements doesn’t put that much thought into nutrition. That does put things into perspective.


#62

Wait, you’ve changed the subject again. We’ve gone from nutrition for optimal performance to now just nutrition, period.

I’m pretty aware of nutrition, and I take consideration into what I eat. It’s nutritional for optimal performance that I’m not concerned with.


#63

Omg, that’s what I meant!!! :joy: stop making my head hurt so much lol


#64

You gotta understand the difference between optimal and good here. Optimal is the enemy of good.

I train and eat for good performance, because good is sustainable for MUCH longer than optimal. I save optimal for competitons.


#65

I do understand the difference, I was just being somewhat simplistic for the sake of it, but I understand your point


#66

Hey buddy. I’m a few months older than you. I’ll be honest here, because I really have nothing to hide — I almost killed myself a number of times throughout the last year. I struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts on a regular basis, and over the last year things got especially bad for me (sick 24/7, life was on hold, lost 30 pounds, lost a girl that was really close to me — twice!). Well, flash forward a year. I have a girlfriend who is 10 times better than she ever was, I figured out WHY I was sick (currently taking medicine to get rid of a parasitic infection, thankfully), and I’m putting weight back on.

Things get better, dude. If I can do it, so can you. Do 5/3/1, Starting Strength, or even just fix up your diet and keep doing what you’re doing. Throw in some chicken/milk/peanut butter/steak please. Seaweed salad is best left to Whole Foods hippies.


#67

Nothing really, I just thought it was funny to see the mostly healthy foods and then a super sugary, processed cereal that you had so much of you you needed to note it.


#68

Yeah I have found in the real world with training or nutrition. Good is allot more substainable than optimal.


#69

All my maxes for lifts probably went down but heres what I think it was a couple months back.
DL:300 bad form I think
Bench: 150ish
Squat:250ish
Ohp:90?


#70

Those actually aren’t bad.

Have you ever done anything athletic like track, wrestling, cross country, etc.?


#71

It’s a variation/mix of the alpha M. Guy on youtube. I do his warmup and then do an athleanx workout


#72

Pyramid so usually 10,6,5,3


#73

I tend to enjoy going to bed satisfying my remaining cravings. Aka save craving foods till end


#74

Nope


#75

OK.

So if a higher volume program has you gassing out, missing workouts, and becoming demoralized and you don’t know whether you’re more of a strength/explosive or endurance athlete, why not try lower rep work geared more toward strength than volume?


#76

You’re a junior in high school (that’s all I gleaned; I didn’t read everything, which is definitely where all the best internet advice begins - after this I’m headed to vote!): eat some decent foods, but don’t be terrified of a cheeseburger, lift some weights, and play some sports. If you’re covering those bases, you’ll be good for life, and might accidentally have fun.


#77

Holy I just found something out that might be a solution. POSSIBILITY. Not saying its certain
I’ve been performing really bad in the gym and body weight has been increasing and I just figured out that the chicken breast I eat daily is made with sake(cooking alchohol). Could this be why my lifts have been decreasing but body mass increasing?


#78

probably not, no


#79

It could be, but Occams razor suggests that’s not the answer.


#80

I think it may be time to concede that you are a lost cause.

Unless they are soaking the chicken in alcohol after it is cooked then the alcohol will cook away when they cook the chicken.