Advice on getting stronger?

I have generally been a gamer all of my life and haven't had much of an issue with my weight until recently and I decided that I would like to lose some weight, but also to get stronger. My friend sent me a list of programs but I'm not sure what to pick out of the list, or if I should be doing something else entirely? I also want to take some supplements so I was looking for something that applies to gamers as well and saw LuxxBunny mention her sponsors' product which looks like it has green tea in it I think that is also good for losing weight? I was also looking on but I feel pretty much lost.

Anyways I figured this would be the perfect place to ask...for advice.

I think the first thing is to have a realistic target to work towards. What could you see yourself as being like at your best?

Essentially, losing weight and gaining muscle are two different things, and after a certain point, mutually exclusive. You can even end up fat and very strong, or light and lacking any muscle mass. People have naturally different body shapes that will influence how you look (limb length and torso length), so factor that into your realistic self-perception. I have a long torso, so whilst I have nice shoulders, I look ridiculous riding a horse. Similarly, different activities, like certain diets and certain exercises, often favour one body part over the other; if you do a ton of cycling it will help you lose weight and won't bulk up anywhere except your thighs.

If you want to bulk up all over, get to the free weights! Squats and deadlifts are the most efficient way to gain muscle mass, in a way that is reasonably distributed across your body. Don't expect a miracle turnaround however, as you'll only try to lift too much in one go, strain yourself, put yourself out of action, get less fit and lose confidence/interest. Doing that regularly (3 times a week) for a few months and you'll feel the difference. If you don't do anything else though, you could easily end up as a strong and fat man.

Weight loss is best achieved by cutting out snacking, alcohol, soft drinks and juices, fries. Most of these can be replaced with something as filling and healthy (though admittedly more boring): cups of tea or water, fruit, boiled potatoes. I find dieting and calorie monitoring to be miserable, but it is a continuous commitment. I've invented arbitrary rules, like reducing my alcohol intake to specific days or avoiding meats on the weekdays; even if you don't 100% commit to a diet, these rules make you mindful and give you a chance to say no to unhealthy things.

I don't know about supplements, but without getting into a regular fitness regime and diet to the point where both become a habit, any such thing would be a waste of time and money. Getting the right amount of sleep, sunlight, exercise and diet will keep you as sharp as anything.

Become a Super Saiyan, it's the only way to stay competitive with today's power levels.

Tea, no sugar, no milk. Exercise. Eat right. Talk to your doctor if you're feeling unwell, or to clarify possible medical problems and their opinion on how you should approach the issue. 'Getting stronger' is a process. One that will probably not be enhanced without a specific exercise regimen and eating to fill that purpose. In the military they used to feed us to the point where I found it unbelievable compared to coming out of the gutter.

No joke ... diet was riddled with protein, iron, carbohydrates, the works. And of course the reason was simple, because after 11 weeks if a soldier isn't eating well, they suddenly start losing the capacity to march 30 kilometres in 4 hours, carrying 50+ kilograms of weight, begin suffering problems due to stress and adrenaline. We used to call it 'the Stomp' or 'stomping'.

But in military logistics it's known as 'loaded marches' ... and depending on the outfit, you were expected to do 25 kilometres in 5 hours under the weight of gear and arms, regardless of season.

Effectively it's a baseline idea of just what a soldier should be expected to do at a moment's notice.

So the diet was constructed in a matter of being able to maintain that singular vision of highly mobile, and combat effectiveness, regardless. So the diet wasn't centred around weightloss but maintaining peak physical coditioning as wellas acclimating a person to eatingthe food that allows those expectations. Basically the expectations were conditioning the body to accept such necessary 'fuel requirements' as to be able to perform such strenuous activity and maintain it, even if rationing is cut by 50% over a 11 week stretch.

After that period it's suicide to expect soldiers to continue to operate in the same capacity. Feeding soldiers is incredibly expensive if you expect them to run around and stay active.

In Paulus' Sixth Army at Stalingrad, you had starvation cases in 3 months ... and that was when soldiers were still getting roughly half a kilo of bread, 50-100gm of general vegetable product, and 25-30gm of animal fat to eat each day.

So why am I writing this?

Because eating to lose weight is fundamentally different from 'getting strong'. 'Getting strong' as in to perform a stomp at a moment's notice, carrying around as if an adolescent on your back and doing a 25 kilometre combat patrol on foot in 4 hours ... well the sort of daily diet regimen and constant physical activity to maintain it is antithetical if you're not liable to maintain that physical performance or that tailored diet in tandem.

Feeding a soldier to maintain it is ludicrous. So much so you should hear some stories of ex-service personnel whowent from eating for such strenuous physical activity to working inthe private sector. It really is a blow to your body if you're not careful.

I think you should concentrate on one goal at a time. Talk to your doctor first, find ways to lose weight with exercise and decent eating... and if you're really keen on 'getting stronger' perhaps tailor your diet to accommodate the physical activity you're prepared to make longterm and consistent.


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