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General nutrition help and questions
Hello, I'm here looking for a little bit of advice when it comes to the nutrition side of working out.

Basically I've been working out for 6 weeks now, I follow P90X every day except for Tuesday which I do Insanity Cardio. I'm getting stronger but I don't really seem to be putting on any muscle at all. As far as my diet goes I just eat whatever I want whenever I feel hungry. I didn't think it was that important cause I'm a real skinny guy but now that I've read around the forums a bit I realize its really important and that my diet is actually awful.

I pretty much have no clue where to start with this whole diet stuff so If anyone could give me a hand or point me in the right direction I would be really thankful. I know for a fact I need protein to build muscle, and a guy I work out with recommended a protein shake called Cell Tech. Is this any good? And I see people's diet plans with them eating about 5 times per day. I generally eat twice a day, would eating 3 times a day and taking the protein shake be enough? What is the recommended amount of times per day to eat? And lastly, how do I choose which foods I eat? Sorry if these are bad questions, but like I said, I have no clue xD.

Truth be told I'm a huge fan of eating xD I love food. I love pizza and chocolate cake and stuff like that and for my whole life I just ate whatever I wanted without getting fat(guess I have a fast metabolism). It's a bit upsetting(just a bit) but I'm willing to give that up to get the results I want. How strictly do I have to follow the diet though? Can I still eat the stuff I love once in a while? and how often is once in a while?

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help me out.
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RE: General nutrition help and questions
11/17/12 10:15 PM as a reply to DavidP91.
I'll try to keep this short with some general tips to help you start. Based on what you said above I would say you don't have to watch carbs too much because of your metabolism. Try to eat carb sources like white rice, brown rice, sweet potato, oatmeal, ezekial bread and bananas. If you look up complex carbohydrates you will find a lot of other foods and you can decide what you like to eat.

You will want to keep protein pretty high as well. Some common sources are eggs, chicken, fish, beef and turkey. Protein shakes are great especially before/after workouts because they get into your system quickly. Cell Tech is decent but you can find equal quality at better price.

I will list a very generic diet, so you can get an idea what it will look like. You may need more or less of each food based on your metabolism and activity level. I hope this helps man and let me know if you have any questions. There's too much info to put in one post lol.

meal 1
4 whole eggs
1/2 cup oats

meal 2
1scoop protein
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter

meal 3
8 oz chicken
1/2 cup rice

meal 4
1 scoop protein
1 banana

meal 5
8 oz steak
1 large sweet potato
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RE: General nutrition help and questions
11/17/12 10:53 PM as a reply to NateCampbell.
Thanks for the guidelines, I appreciate it.

I notice you said Cell Tech is decent, what protein shake would your recommend? And Should I take before or after the workout? If there is a lot more you can advise me on thats too much to post, could we take it to pm or something? Haha
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RE: General nutrition help and questions
11/18/12 8:54 AM as a reply to NateCampbell.
I will post some protein info here, but you can PM me for more info on the diet or any questions you have. Sorry the diet was so generalized, but without knowing your age, height and weight I can't really get too detailed. Cell Tech can be used for muscle building but it's not really a protein shake. It's mostly a carb/creatine/BCAA drink for muscle building. I think the person who recommended it might have been thinking of nitro tech, which is a protein shake made by the same company. Personally, I like NOW Foods whey protein and NOW Foods whey protein isolate. They have good prices and quality products. The isolate is a little more expensive, but it's a purer form of protein and your body will absorb it much more quickly.

One thing I didn't mention before is feel free to have a few cheat meals a week. You will want to eat clean foods most of the time, but with a fast metabolism your body will need cheat meals like pizza haha.
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