I have been steadily making progress gaining weight mainly because I changed from drinking skim to whole milk and changing to beef/bison from chicken the past year in order to get in more calories.
I also consume about 6-7 eggs every day. The only problem I have now that I have gained significant weight/muscle (6’1 238) is that my cholesterol has gone from 170 to 218 and ldls to 140.
My question is what do you suggest I try to change in my diet or would adding in some cardio help with this? All other bloodwork stuff is normal. Thanks
What has your doctor recommended? Remember, there are skinny and ‘ripped’ people with high cholesterol, too (genetic propensity for high cholesterol).
What was your triglycerides number?
I eat what you posted (ie lots of eggs, steak, whole milk) on the order of 3-4000 cals and my cholesterol plummeted. What you posted-- how many cals does that add up to daily? I’m asking because are you being honest in that the weight you gained is muscle or is it fat.
How much are you cheating (chips, sweets, etc) from what you posted? What’s your green veggie intake (and fiber) like?
I am picking up a copy of my bloodwork tomorrow because I like to keep them for my own personal records as well and I will look them over.
I’ll check to see what my triglycerides were as well but the only order from the doctor was to watch my diet (yeah I know pretty generic) and everything else she said was normal.
I eat a lot more than 3000 calories and the amount of other foods besides the milk, steak, eggs you eat/drink might be different than me. Yes I eat vegetables and on days when I get maybe two servings in, I make sure to at least get some V-8. As far as fiber goes, I make sure to eat blueberries,apples and I mix plenty of oats in with my shakes.
Obviously any sane bulker knows that some fat will be gained and I did gain some fat but the amount of muscle I gained was more significant. I also didn’t just start eating huge amounts of food right away. I have been gradually increasing the food I eat since I started and I was below 200 lbs 3 years ago.
But I made much more progress/gains after I stopped worrying so much about minutia and whether or not my drumming would be affected by weight gain(and it hasn’t been, actually it has gotten better).
I also stopped writing down what I was eating after a couple of years and instead took pics every month, went by my progress in the weight room and weighed myself every other day (as well as asking questions and listening to experienced people on this site) along with getting routinely checked at the doc.
I guess I should start posting comparison pics from when I joined close to three years ago. It would give people an idea of the difference and the work I have put in but I am posting honestly, truthfully and would not even think of exaggerating what I have worked hard for.
As far as cheats go, I don’t eat empty calories i.e donuts, cake, chips, etc but I will have a few slices (and few means 3 or 4 the most) of pizza once or twice a week and it is never more than that but now I will cut it down to once a week or none depending on my progress and bloodwork stats.