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Offline Oli

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Howdy!
« on: October 04, 2006, 05:21:26 AM »
Hello, I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Oli and I've been eating/living a laregly paleo/ev-fit life for about a year now. I'm 23 years old. Not sure if it's really necessary for you to know but I'm 5'9" and weigh about 135lbs. I've always been light (?). I'm generally quite active and play football (soccer) regularly. I enjoy eating this way and feel really good, healthy and very rarely get sick. The biggest problem I have eating the way I do is because I'm quite thin and also pale, people put 2 and 2 together and assume that this is a result of how I'm eating (I've always been this way) and so I subsequently get grief. But it's not a major issue.

I would like to be able to increase my muscle mass, but find it very difficult to do so. Overall though I'm very happy with how things are and am enjoying reading people's contributions on this forum

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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2006, 07:09:26 AM »
Hi.

You're almost exactly the same weight as me, although I'm 5'5".

I once weighed about 180lbs, back in the days when my breakfast consisted of two enormous bowls of Special K with three layers of two-heaped-spoonfuls of white sugar (six heaped spoonfuls in total) poured over them.


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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2006, 10:21:11 AM »
Welcome!

Are you also a Brit?  I'm confused by the simultaneous use of "Howdy" and calling soccer "football".

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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2006, 12:31:23 PM »
Sorry for the confusing use of 'Howdy', PenskeFile. I am indeed a brit!

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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2006, 04:10:10 PM »
Hello, I thought I'd introduce myself. My name is Oli and I've been eating/living a laregly paleo/ev-fit life for about a year now. I'm 23 years old. Not sure if it's really necessary for you to know but I'm 5'9" and weigh about 135lbs. I've always been light (?). I'm generally quite active and play football (soccer) regularly. I enjoy eating this way and feel really good, healthy and very rarely get sick. The biggest problem I have eating the way I do is because I'm quite thin and also pale, people put 2 and 2 together and assume that this is a result of how I'm eating (I've always been this way) and so I subsequently get grief. But it's not a major issue.

I would like to be able to increase my muscle mass, but find it very difficult to do so. Overall though I'm very happy with how things are and am enjoying reading people's contributions on this forum

:)

Welcome to the best diet and fitness plan

I spent years reading and posting on "bodybuilding" forums and guides.  Some good info and encouragement for success but also a ton of bad information that can really screw up the human body

You seem to be doing great with your diet and fitness but want more muscle mass and some color to your skin

For the mass you should be eating more food.  Should be mostly Paleo and as varied and good of quality as you can afford.

In your workouts focus on intensity and bigger lifts while shortening your time spent.  Ensure you are doing full body compound exercises.

Get enough sleep.  Roughly 9 hours a night.

You need sunlight for Vitamin D and just common sense tells us that we are made to be outside a lot more than we are spending these days.  In winter time we are mostly covered up so put on warm clothes and get a good walk every day at lunch.  You will get a healthy glow after a while on your face which is all people see in the winter.  If your face is dry moisturize it if you have any acne avoid it

Also incorporate sprints I feel that they encourage skin health and glow and improve appearances more than other exercises.  This will also help you realize what true intensity is.  If you're not frightening other people on the jogging path while in full bore ahead you aren't sprinting intensely enough

Lastly keep in mind that even the leanest most muscular guy may look average underneath all those clothes.  I remember laughing at all the posts on a weight lifting site from newbies who wanted to look like Brad Pitt in Fight Club.  In that film he was lean and muscular with visible abs but with an average outfit on and that physique it's not even visible.  Professional bodybuilders are unhealthy and too big so don't expect to look "jacked" underneath a sweatshirt and jeans.

Also consider longevity, I'd rather be ripped and 165 than be a little chubby at 200 with a slightly higher bench press. 

Anytime I stray from caveman diet and exercise I come crying back for that great healthy feeling I have.  Gone are the days of forcefeeding myself cup upon cup of raw oats.  You will be happy healthy think clearly and have truly the best diet fitness and health possible with what I recommend and that's all you can ask for


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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2006, 04:29:26 AM »
Hi Eric, thanks for the advice. I've got a question about sprints. I've been thinking about incorporating them into my workouts for a while now and think I might do so tomorrow. Do you perform them as part of a bigger workout? Or as a workout in itself?

Also, how do you structure it? Do you follow a tabata-like principle with minimal rest periods in between sprints, or something different?

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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2006, 02:12:37 AM »
How does one go about getting 9 hours of sleep per night? I sometimes spend 9 or more hours in bed, but mostly only manage to sleep half that time. I don't know whether it's a problem or whether I'm just unique. Vanity compels me to believe the latter, but I'm prepared to countenance suggestions to the contrary.

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Re: Howdy!
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2006, 06:13:25 AM »
How does one go about getting 9 hours of sleep per night? I sometimes spend 9 or more hours in bed, but mostly only manage to sleep half that time. I don't know whether it's a problem or whether I'm just unique. Vanity compels me to believe the latter, but I'm prepared to countenance suggestions to the contrary.

There are slight differences among people but the average time we need is 8hrs 45 minutes based on modern studies

Way too many people get closer to 5 or 6 or 7 hrs a night and basically NEED drugs to sustain their livelihood (yes the caffeine in coffee is a drug :) )

If your diet is good and you are exerting physically most days you shouldn't have any problem getting quality sleep

Also ensure it is absolutely dark in your room.  Those eye covers for sleeping work well for this.

Get some pure lavender oil if really necessary to help encourage sleep

Stay the hell away from melatonin (all natural! great!  but shrinks your balls.  look it up) and sleeping pills

Also it helps to keep regular hours, try to wake and sleep at roughly the same time each night

Easy to do except weekends for me throw this off a bit but I can usually get back on track

Vielen gluck!
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