Need Help: Build muscle, lose weight, best approach?

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  1. PianoProdigy

    PianoProdigy Better than most at most things OT Supporter

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    Background: I'm 23, 5' 10", about 180 lbs. I had never "worked out" as in lifted weights in the gym before about 8 weeks ago.

    I started lifting at the gym about 8 weeks ago doing a program called "Max OT" that my friend uses. Basically, it advocates doing 6-9 heavy sets of 4-6 reps to positive failure (most weight that you can lift and do at least 4 reps but not more than 6). I'm told this is good for "bulking." I haven't taken any kind of supplements. I'm also doing cardio (about 400 calories worth per the treadmill) when I work out. I lift 4 days a week (Shoulders, Back, Arms, Chest/Abs). I've cut down on eating as much crappy food, but I still splurge. Before, I was eating 2 "crappy" meals a day and was slowly gaining weight, and now I try not to eat more than one unhealthy meal a day and am slowly losing weight.

    All that said to say, I would like to get bigger and lose weight. If I had to pick one or the other, I would like to just lose the fat. My brother has a very similar build as me (bone structure at least) but he has virtually no fat on him at all. He also has basically no muscle on him (very scrawny). He weighs 150 lbs, so I figure I need to get to about 160 lbs to be where I want to be assuming I don't start trying to really bulk up.

    Anyways, I'm rambling. Basically, I wanted to ask for some advice. It seems everyone has an opinion as to what supplements are best. It has been recommended to me that, at a minimum, I should be taking in some kind of protein within 30 minutes after my workout. Beyond that, if I wanted to step up the "bulking" what would be the next step? Creatine? Finally, if I want to also focus on weight loss (getting "cut"), is there anything that I could take to help out with that, or is the natural diet and exercise approach (eat less, exercise more) the best way to go there?

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Letifo

    Letifo Moderator

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  3. nosnikliw0

    nosnikliw0 I am the cheese.

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    read the Noob sticky and read and reread the archives
     
  5. PianoProdigy

    PianoProdigy Better than most at most things OT Supporter

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    Yeah, my bad. I didn't even think to look at a sticky.
     
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    Vailripper Daywalkers have feelings too.

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    4 days of upper body? :ugh:
     
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    you forgot your legs...
     
  8. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    What about the other half of your body? (legs)
     
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    siniquezu New Member

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    He's paralyzed? :dunno:
     
  10. MaineSucks

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    he obviously gets enough of a leg workout on the treadmill
     
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    lif New Member

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    :werd: I got swole calves from running
     
  12. MaineSucks

    MaineSucks OT Supporter

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    you suck at sarcasm
     
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    [][][] what makes you think i wont cut you

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    haha, this reminds me of my friend. doesnt work his legs out at all. i have to beg him to do squats with me.
     
  14. Damnation

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    you're better than me. :rofl:

    i only told a friend of mine once. now he has a lean upper body but sticks for legs :bowrofl:

    i'm a horrible friend :wtc:
     
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