I have spent the last couple of years trying to lose body fat as I was seriously overweight and my blood pressure was high because of it. I was 270lb and I now weigh 195lb and my BMI is no 24 which is quite healthy and I went tothe hospital last week to have some toutine checks and my blood pressure, cholesterol, pulse, kidneys and liver are all in good shape now which is good.
Over the past six monthsI have been training but whenever I lift heavy weights for an hour or so it takes me about 5 days to stop feeling really really sore which is stopping me from training and I also seem to have lost a lot of strength.
I have just spent the morning raeding the labels on the food I eat and I was shocked beyond belief....
The diet I have been eating which has made me healthy and lose weight contains very little protein at all and thousands or carbs.
My Daughter became vegetarian about a year ago and now my wife and I are both veggie too but we still eat fish and seafood. I eat a lot of pasta and pulses which I thought was great but most of it is just carbs carbs carbs and very little protein.
I am also careful about which fish I eat as I want to watch my sodium intake.
I want to stay healthy but I also want to give my body waht it needs to enable me to train and grow.
I am also shocked at how weak I have become and after reading several articles on the net it looks like my body is eating its own muscle due to lack of protein which I guess may contribute to my sorness.
I joined the Gym where I work a few weeks ago and now train 5 hours a week as follows :
- Bench press, Military press, Flys, Rows, Pec deck, biceps curls and various other upper body exercises....(1 hour)
- Cardio ... Cycling, rowing, jogging (1 Hour)
- Squats, Deadlifts, Leg press, Leg curls and abs workout
- Cardio same as Tuesday
- Upper body same as Monday
Saturday and Sunday
My typical diet consists of the following :
White grilled fish
Vast amounts of salad
lots of chilli peppers
Vegetarian Sausages (Which are one of the only things that has high protein lob carbs that I eat)
Small amounts of cheese
I have sins such as coffee, beer and the odd ciggerette but I try and keep these in moderation.
Would I benefit from adding whey protein into my diet to help me?
If so I would like a low fat low carb soloution to aid fat loss and muscle growth and could anyone suggest what to go for.
Sorry for the long winded post but I couldnt belive what I have been doing to myself and neglecting my body of energy and goodness when I thought I was eating a very healthy diet.
If anyone could advise or help I would be very happy.
PS for your information I am 6 feet 3" tall
Many thanks guys...Tim