Would you mind detailing your typical days diet and discuss your nutritional guidelines?
This will be pretty easy, as I eat the same thing everyday (which I suppose would be one of my nutritional guidelines).
That said, I don’t measure/weigh food or count macros, so everything is by feel
This will be an example of a training day
0455-Bowl of wild blueberries topped with raw honey and sugar free cool whip
0620-12oz skim milk w/2 scoops protein powder
0745-Zero carb Monster energy drink
0800-0900 Full gallon of water
0900-Romaine lettuce salad with grape tomatoes, cucumbers, and 6-8oz of some sort of meat (either steak, ground beef, or tri tip, sometimes pork) w/full fat ranch or cesear dressing
1200-Either another salad like above, or 6-8oz of some sort of meat with some sort of green veggie, usually paired with a diet coke
1330-Quest protein bar and a 32oz diet coke
1645-Usually 8oz of some sort of meat with some sort of green veggie (typically broccoli, occasionally cucumbers)
1830-.5 tablespoon of natural peanut butter and sugar free coolwhip
2030-5 fish oil tablets, 2 glucosamine, creatine monoyhdrate, and then bed
On non-lifting days, I don’t eat the 0455 meal. Everything else stays the same. This week, I’ve taken to eating a second quest bar around 1430, just because I’m getting hungrier than usual and it doesn’t seem to be affecting my weight.
Nutritional guidelines are pretty simple.
You can spot the carb-phobia, and it’s something I want to get better about moving forward, but I try to eat the majority of my carbs around my training time and then stick with meat and veggies through out.
I’ve learned to have more frequent meals because when I ate less frequently I found myself gorging on meat, and in turn my bodyfat just wasn’t dropping. There might be something to that whole “you can only absorb so much protein in one sitting” thing.
I try really hard to stick with quality nutritional sources. I’m not big on the whole “IIFYM” thing, as I think micronutrients, fiber, and other aspects of nutrition are pretty important. The quest bars are about the dirtiest thing I eat presently, minus of course the terrible chemicals I am putting into my body with energy drinks and diet cokes, haha.
I drink that gallon of water in under an hour because I just want to get it over with. I think hydration is important, I think water is important, and I can’t stand f-ing drinking water all day. I actually think I give myself slight water intoxication from it, as I tend to walk around my office slightly buzzed until lunch afterwards, haha.
I don’t count vegetables when thinking about carbs. As long as it’s green, I can eat it.
Oh yeah, and on Saturday’s, before my deadlift, I eat just about whatever I want. I deadlift in the afternoon that day, so everything else stays the same except for the noon meal. After a less than ideal Taco Bell experience, I try to make sure I get enough protein in the meal (usually chasing it with a protein bar), but otherwise, it’s when I get my carbs for the week.
I can go into more detail if there is anything you’d like to hear more on. For the most part, it’s just trial and error, adjusting until I see results.