Hello, I desperately need some help! Originally, I weighed about 13 Stone, and in January this year I did all the cardio I could and slimmed down to about 11 stone, eating nothing but soup. In May, I decided I was happy with my weight and I thought I would get into weight training to tone up. I am 22 years old and currently weigh 160Ibs. My general routine is:
My general routine is:
Day 1: Chest and Legs
Day 2: Football/Soccer
Day 3: Biceps and Triceps
Day 4: Abs and Shoulders
I do a combination of supersets and high rep individual sets.
After 5 months of training as above, I feel that my muscle growth, particularly my pectorals lack any kind of definition. The key changes I have seen have been in my arms that have grown slightly and have become more defined. My main issue is my 'Man Boobs', as I have been bullied about them in the past and is the main area that I want to tone as I have been conscious of this for years. I cannot seem to remove the fat layer in the lower part of the chest or the fat layer around my stomach, which have come back since I cut down on the cardio. Another issue that someone at the gym suggested was that I may be overtraining? Could this be the case, as I train Monday - Thursday, but rarely Friday and Saturday, as I have to travel elsewhere for the weekends. Therefore, I try to compact my workout during the week.
Are there any tips you could give me to get faster results. Although I am a vegetarian, I find that I very easily put on weight no matter what I eat. My current diet is:
Breakfast 9am: Bran Flakes Cereal, with approximately 1/2 pint of milk
Snack 11am: 1 Banana and a handfull of mixed nuts e.g. almonds and roasted soya nuts
Lunch: A mixed bean e.g. chickpeas, soya beans, kidney beans and tomato mix - with either wholemeal pasta or rice
Snack 4pm: 1 boiled egg or Quorn Fillet
6:30pm: 1 Banana
8:30/ 9pm: Tofu/quorn or mixed bean curry with rice and plain yoghurt. 1 Wholemeal Pitta Bread with 150g of cottage cheese.
Are there any key areas where I am clearly going wrong, as I feel I should have seen more change over the period of time that I have been training. Or is slow progress for beginners normal?
Any help and advice that you could provide would be much appreciated.