Can someone please help me with amount of protein and carbs?
I read the BFL book and I understand that each person's program is their own--they need to decide how much weight to lift and what their own levels are. But what I need help with is the protein/carb intake amounts. I am concerned with gaining bulk with the training. As a larger-boned female, I want to tone up and slim down, not bulk up. I've read and been told that you can have too much protein, which causes the bulking. I've also experienced jeans that no longer fit due to muscle building which annoys the crap out of me. (That happened months ago when I began going to the gym all the time. My body fat was down, but being bigger doesn't make any girl feel better. And I didn't even add any protein in during that time!)
When I look at the protein bars/shakes--including EAS--there is such a variance in grams that I don't know what to do. Am I supposed to eat the bar with 15 gr or 25 gr. of protein? And does that bar also include the necessary carbs? And for each of my other smaller meals, how much do I eat? Two eggs? One egg with oatmeal? Please help me figure out how much I'm supposed to be eating and what the balance should be between the two each time because right now I feel like I'm eating too much and not working out enough. (I was training for a 1/2 marathon and my running was supposed to increase but now I do the slotted 20 min for two of my three cardio days...) HELP!
for the portion sizes per the book it says the size of your fist is your ideal amount and for the carbs, it depends what type, you may be able to have one english muffin, half cup of oatmeal, one cup of fruit. Print the paperwork for the challange and it gives good ideas on your meal planning. good luck, hopefully i didn;t confuse you more.
Usually women don't bulk up from weight training. We do gain muscle definition. Leave the bars for emergency situations where you can't fit an authorized meal in, use shakes instead. Try about 20 grams protein and carbs each for things like wheat bread, you can't really measure by hand. Be sure your oatmeal is not the prepackage instant kind. I suggest if you are wanting BFL results that you do the recommended cardio 2 times a week and your training cardio once a week and see how that works. Also call EAS at their 800 number for help.
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