Hey All, I've been lurking here for a few weeks and figured I might as well create an account and throw a few questions out.
As the title says I've been Vegan for a while but have literally never lifted weights in my life until the beginning of April. I have a physical trainer who's helping me learn the basics and keeping me motivated. My routine right now is lifting & physical complexes like Tacfit M/W/F and then running for ~20 minutes T/TH. It feels amazing and I'm extremely excited
I've always been skinny my whole life, was beginning to get a gut, and decided it's time (I'm 32 years old, 5'9'' 140lb with a belly). The gut is visceral fat as well which I understand is harder to work off, but I'm determined.
Beyond that I'm confused about a few things with regard to the optimal diet and any sort of supplements I should be taking. Before my workouts (not runs) I'm drinking a 6g scoop of Jarrow's creatine and afterwards I'm drinking the Vega Performance Protein Recovery with a scoop of Chia seeds and ground flax. Is there anything else I should be taking before or after a workout that will help to burn off my gut and build muscle mass? Zinc/Magnesium before bed?
For my diet, I'm removing beer first
and am cutting out almost all bread or empty carbs. If it's high quality bread I'll have some but I'm curtailing my overall bread/pasta intake and focusing on eating purely veggies/grains/beans with minimal soy and seitan. Am I missing a crucial thing I could be eating that would help me recover faster or burn the gut off quicker?
That's all I got. It's only been one month but I feel amazing already and am looking forward to ultimately seeing my physical form change