like most asian guys i am naturally skinny. here’s a really awesome picture of me back in highschool
notice how my entire arm is the same thickness as my wrists? yeah. not cool.
so for me to maintain a 180lb figure, it was a lot more work than you think. i didnt just eat because i was hungry. i knew if i skipped a meal or god forbid i go like an entire day without eating i will lose like 2lbs over night. i mean i ate because i enjoyed it but i also knew i had to keep eating to make sure i keep a consistent weight to be able to lift the kinds of weights i do in the gym.
so what i did in the last 4 days is this;
i decreased the rest period inbetween each set and each workout to promote more of a circuit training routine. i think this was the most important part of anything im doing.
i started working out more of my legs; in the past all i did for legs was squats but now i do squats, leg press, leg curls, add/abductor and calf raises. the muscles in your legs are the largest in your body so to promote growth there is the fastest way to promote thermogenic processes which will ultimately aid in fat burn.
i also stopped eating food that i dont prepare myself, or know the exact ingredients of. mainly popeyes :’( i mean i know the only ingredients in popeyes is chicken and god’s grace, but i am learning to not rely on it so much. it’s tough to walk by the delicious establishment on the daily but it also helps with my self discipline.
i also drink a lot more water. last cut i did i drank a gallon of green tea each day and that helped TREMENDOUSLY. i didnt need coffee or anything. this time around im sticking with water with lemon; close to a gallon a day. only because ive been sick and i thought the lemon water was helping me with my throat. now its just really tasty.
ive also started eating breakfast again. i think by eating breakfast in the morning im allowing my body to start getting warmed up for the rest of the day. the blood pumps to the stomach to start digesting and starts the metabolic process. this helps me to not go crazy during lunch too. its easy for me to say no to popeyes when im not as hungy at lunch time.
but i think the biggest factor in all of this is the time i spend at the gym. i hate to say it but i always tend to look down on people who say they “cant” lose weight. the reason u “can”t lose weight is because you don’t put in the effort in the gym. and most people who dont put in the effort in the gym are those who dont enjoy it. makes sense. but then pick a workout program that looks enjoyable. u wanna work on those glamor muscles? u want big arms for the ladies? pick a program that has a lot of arm workouts. do u like the challenge of performing the perfect squat? do u dream of deadlifting 1000lbs one day? well pick a workout program the focuses around building strength for a squat or deadlift. challenge urself to where you can enjoy it.
EVERYTHING works, but nothing works forever.
that means pick a workout program and just do it. there is no “best” workout program, it’s just whatever fits into your schedule. so pick something and keep a log. theres nothing more motivating than seeing results, and the quickest results come on paper. you will see ur bench increase at insane rates when you first start working out. then the results will come in the mirror. yeah good stuff. good luck. have fun