Archive | February, 2012

Not Got Bulk?

24 Feb

Twelve stone three today. So one pound lost since the start. As mentioned before, I am getting to be keener on shifting the gut than getting bigger – certainly got bigger muscles now. What I have noticed is that I have never been so sick as when I started going to the gym.

Starting at the gym coincided with my winter work slowdown; my taking on more childcare etc which I normally atribute to getting many colds, but I do wonder if meeting people in the gym and having all out viruses circulated in the aircon may also not be helping?


Valentines Day

14 Feb

Nothing quite like it for making you feel bad about your shape. After almost a week off with various illnesses brought back by the children, I went to the gym again in earnest last weekend. I’m still finding the little fat belly a pain – moreso than the bigger arms and legs I am getting. Infact, the more I notice it, the more I have come to think that reduction in belly is more important than increasing bulk. So thats a bit of a pain.

Calories in vs Calories out

Should be simple maths, but 3 miles up a hill on a cross trainer barely burns off one half of a Costa Coffee Triple Choc Muffin so I am going to have to consider diet. Moreover, I am going to have to stop eating things that I like. And drinking. But how does someone with a sweet tooth and like of crisps get over the fact that healthy food is really boring? Add another M&S cheese and chutney sandwich and thats 500 more calories. There is something decidedly antisocial about living on tins of tuna and hemp protein.


4 Feb

After the recent “belly girth increase” incident, I have been looking a bit more closely at my daily food intake. I suppose I ought get the inclination to work out everything, but that simply isnt practical, although I can recommend, as it has a very comprehensive list of foods which users can add to, and also has a free trial which you can use again and again to work out a one-day view.

So I put in my meals for one day and it came out with this:

Your Calories

Your Nutrition Profile

Daily Calories 2094
+ Exercise Calories 376
Total Calories 2470
Calories Used 2387
Calories Left 84
Maintenance Calories 2344
Calories (kcal) 2387
Protein (g) 129.4
Carbohydrate (g) 239.2
Fat (g) 98.0
Fibre (g) 28.1
Fruit & Veg 1.3
Water (litres) 0.0

Now to figure some science out. The online rule of thumb states one g of protein for each pound of weight you have, so I am a bit under there. But the science would sugest that I am above maintainence. Everything else looks about right, provided I avoid booze and goodies.

A discussion with a friend who is knowledgeable about these things shows that there are no studies that say you can loose the belly without loosing some muscle – so its tolerate the belly and add bulk, or loose the belly and start again.

Its Like Drinking Seaweed

Protein in supliements is very pricy. And horror stories abound. Whey makes me bloated. I dont fancy the phytoestrogens in soy giving me bigger boobs than the wife. So I plumped for hemp. I chose this one which cost about £15 from my local Holland and Baratt – its called Good Hemp. Apparently they now do a flavoured version which is good as initially I felt like puking it all over, but now it is established I quite like it, although my poos have become enormous.