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  1. Wow that's a really good time for your first half! congrats! I don't think it was wise to tape yourself up and go for it. You could really injure yourself. I had a shin splint that set me back about a year before I could run again. Sometimes it's best to stop at the first sign of pain and take a few weeks off.
  2. I wouldn't worry too much about going through the floor. Have you been to Walmart lately? A lot of the people there are easily 400-600lbs and you don't hear about them going through their floors.
  3. Whether you need those ratio really depends on your goals. I eat 40/40/20 (protein/carb/fat). I have no problem hitting this by eating a lot of tofu and seitan. I eat like that to stay low body fat and build muscle. If you're not trying to be sub 10% body fat then I wouldn't worry too much. Just eat like you're eating and watch the total calories more than anything else.
  4. I agree completely, and this will be a by-product of doing every other exercise, especially squats and deadlifts. Focusing on working the abs for the purpose of getting a smaller stomach is counter productive.
  5. Abs are made in the kitchen. Track your diet macros closely and aim for 40/40/20 protein/carbs/fat. The last thing you want to do is work out your abs and make them bigger. It'll make you look like you have a gut.
  6. There's a fantastic article with a table of the amino acid profiles of vegan foods here: http://veganhealth.org/articles/protein As stated by Stcalico, Lysine is the hardest amino acid to get as a vegan. That article directly addresses this issue and suggests a number of vegan foods high in Lysine.
  7. It's so cheap that I think it's worth using. I don't think it's a must though, but every little bit helps. I would suggest really tracking your diet macros closely. They matter a whole lot. You have some nice muscle mass, but may have a hard time leaning out in time for a June comp. Good luck! Keep us updated.
  8. In my opinion the debate isn't about how much protein we need. When you're trying to be big and lean what matters is what type of calories you're putting into your body. All calories are not created equal, protein calories take more energy to break down than carbs, and carbs take more energy than fats. Meaning that fats are most easily stored as fat on your body, followed by carbs, followed by protein. Obviously we need the energy that carbs give us, but there's an upper limit where we can consume more than we need. Decades of experience by many competitive body builders suggest that 40% protein, 40% carbs, 20% fats is the best mix to get big and lean. We absolutely can survive and even thrive on less protein intake, but you're likely to carry more fat than if you trade some carb calories in for protein ones.
  9. I had gyno issues during puberty (needed to see a doctor because it was so severe), I know first hand that it's quite common. Supplying a source for that one thing does nothing to convince me. Gyno is not fat, gyno is breast tissue, breast tissue is not fat. Fat, on men and women, often builds on the breast area more than other areas. Gyno or not. Breasts are just one small part of why women carry more fat than men. Here's a really good article you should read: http://www.humankinetics.com/excerpts/excerpts/learn-why-women-carry-more-fat-than-men Here's a couple quotes from it: "One of the main morphological differences between men and women is the greater amount of fat that women carry" "Fat in normal women represents between 18% and 20% of body weight, whereas in men it represents only 10% to 15%. The reason for this difference is that women at some point in their lives may nourish a fetus and then a baby from their own reserves, so women have to stock energy in the form of fat in anticipation of future pregnancies (and must stock even more energy during the last two trimesters of pregnancy)." Here's some more articles supporting this difference between men and women: http://www.livestrong.com/article/469651-why-do-women-have-a-higher-percentage-of-body-fat-than-men/ http://www.quickmedical.com/health_information/weight_management/message_for_women.html It's OK for there to be differences between genders. Argueing over semantics is silly. Always vs almost always.. whatever...
  10. I agree with everything Stcalico said. You can't target fat reduction by working a specific body part. Working out your stomach is going to make the muscles bigger which could make you look like you have a gut (counter productive). In order to lean out your stomach you're going to have to really track your diet and make sure it's perfect.
  11. I think I may not have expressed myself cleary. If you look at a man and a woman side by side that both have similar ab definition and similar muscle tone the woman will read higher on a body fat percentage analysys. If you disagree with that I'd love to see some scientific proof otherwise. Women carry more fat than men at the same level of fitness. Maybe there's one in a hundred thousand men that have extreme gyno that may be otherwise, but in virtually all cases women will always read a higher body fat analysys than men do when they look to be the same. Honestly, I think you're taking offence to something rediculusly trivial and it was way off base to twist this thread so off-topic over such an insignificant variance of the word "always".
  12. I'm guessing you're a woman, maybe I missed it, but at 33% body fat and seeing bones I think it's a good guess. women will always carry more fat. a woman at 10% looks like a man at 5%. here's a great guide to body fat for women. IMO the mirror is the best judge: http://i.imgur.com/eeBdhdi.jpg Without tofu or seitan I'd be carrying a lot more fat than I do. I think you'll need to rely on a lot of protein shakes to lean out at 1200 calories per day. Here's the men picture too for comparison: http://i.imgur.com/2jXA6MJ.jpg
  13. I understand where you're coming from, BUT I don't know of any omnivorous body builder that doesn't need to suppliment their protein intake. Sure you can be strong and healthy as a vegan without shakes, but if you want to be less than 10% body fat with big muscles... Good luck
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