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Re: Beef Up Time!!
Have relatively high protein (don't need fancy supplements - they're a waste of money), low fat, and relatively low carb (depending on your activity level - you need complex carbs to fuel hard-working muscles, but chair-surfers like me can't over-do it).
Get your protein from low-fat natural sources, and skim milk powder can be used as a protein "supplement" if you feel you aren't getting enough protein for some reason - most people get too much protein anyway, it's all a bunch of crap when the magazines try to sell you on taking huge amounts of supplements. Too much protein is bad for your liver, and protein is the most expensive part of your diet. You can't properly digest more than about 30 grams of protein at a time anyway.
Get sufficient amounts of vegetables, expecially green leafy stuff, but not iceburg lettuce which is almost nothing but water. Vegetables keep you feeling full, don't add a lot of calories, cleans out your digestive system, adds natural source vitamins, etc, etc.
Then do cardio - in the winter, treadmills are great and won't hurt your knees like a stairmaster might, and is a more natural motion than with a stationary bike. In the summer, do cycling, running, walking, whatever. Don't go nuts on the cardio though - work your way into it - don't blast into it because that will be the best way to lead to burn-out and quitting.
Cook with vegetable oils instead of butter, lard, or margarine (unless it's the non-hydrogenated type). And on that note, do as much of your own cooking as you can so that you can verify exactly what it is that you're eating.
The WORST thing anyone can do is to drink their calories. DON'T drink pop, avoid juice (sure there's vitamins, but juice has as much calories as pop does), if you drink milk only drink skim, (this is painful to say . . .) don't drink beer - it's the evil that I've had to fight so that I can look half decent. All people that are "overweight" drink too much of something. Replace all fluids with lots of water only.
And don't give in when your belly asks for fatty food when you know you don't need it.
I've got lots of good recipies if anyone's interested.