I thought it would be cool to start a thread with a collection of tips for the FFB. Chris has written a ton on this, but I was curious as to what some of you out there in the trenches have found out about our physiology.
Some background on my story:
I lost a good deal of my fat ass via anorexia years ago before I knew any better. I wasn't really concerned with fitness at all, I just didn't want to be fat anymore.
So I went from a 255lb fatso to a 185lb skinny fat guy. I still had love handles and probably 12" arms. It was sad, however I discovered T-Nation and things have changed for the better to say the least.
That being said, trying to add lean body mass has always been a uphill struggle. Losing fat I can handle, I know what works and what doesn't, but putting on muscle still has me stumped. Winter for me, is always a very difficult time of year.
I have never been all that lean, I'd guess 12% BF is the leanest I have ever been, but the second I start to increase calories I just seem to get fat. I have a hunch this is purely psychological. The last month or so has been mostly my fault, I haven't really been paying much attention to my diet and doing the classic eat everything in sight bulk diet, I should have known better, but I learned my lesson fairly quick and I'm back on track now. I'm trying out CT's Carb Cycling and I seem to be doing ok, though I've only been at it for 10 days now.
A few things I have learned though my quest to gain muscle:
Eating junk will only make me fat. I still need to eat clean and keep cheat meals to a minimum.
Carb intake on non training days needs to be kept at a minimum.
Carbs MUST be consumed on training days or else I can hardly unrack the bar.
Over-doing cardio does not apply to me.(to an extent)
Skipping meals causes me to return to my former fat boy ways, eating WAY too much food that is usually none to nutritious to begin with.(Pizza, nachos, donuts, ect) If I eat something every 2-3 hours I'm fine, if not...ehhh...
Carbolin-19 was MADE for us!
Water keeps me lean and helps me grow the right stuff.
Basing my training off compound movements(read that ALL exercises are compound movements)is the best thing I ever did.
The more sleep I get, the leaner I am.
The more sex I have, the leaner I am.
It would be awesome if some of you could post some other ideas/tips/stories, this kind of thing fascinates me because we really do fall into our own category, at least from a nutritional standpoint. So if you all have any secrets to share go for it!