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Totally Confused About Nutrition


Im 40 years old -I'm 5'8" and right now Im 159 pounds. I usually make gains at the gym but lately ive been stuck. I've had this gut until I lost this weight (I was like 167) and I still have a slight gut at 159. I eat protein bars and shakes and protein rich foods -I usually consume between 100 and 150 grams of protein a day.

Here's the dilemma .I want to get stronger but I don't want the gut back. I don't know what to eat and if I gain weight I don't know if its muscle or fat and fat I don't want. I can bench 280 so Im not a total weakling at 159 but I know I should be heavier. What should I do and what supplements should I take -thanks


You need more protein. At your weight 160g is the minimum. You'll know whether you're gaining muscle or fat if you keep bodyfat measurements every week or so. Other than that.......



In addition to the Nutrition articles listed in the Beginners thread that OneEye linked to, check out the following Berardi articles:


To monitor whether or not you're gaining muscle, either pick up a set of calipers (you can get them for less than $20) or even one of the Tanita scales (not as accurate in terms of absolute bodyfat percentage, but good for tracking changes if used consistently) and measure yourself weekly.