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Can't Finish A Huge Protein Shake! Also, How Do I Build My Abs?

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Can't Finish A Huge Protein Shake! Also, How Do I Build My Abs?

I have a question for you about lifting weights. I've been lifting for a little over a month now. I try and do it every other day. I'm 17, 5'6" tall and I weigh about 120. I take creatine and I've gotten some N-Large 2 because I'm so skinny. I want to put on weight so I can put on muscle easier. Do you have any advice about the N-large 2 because I've tried to take it with milk and I can only handle 1 scoop (it recommends 4 scoops per serving) without feeling like I'm going to barf from being so full.

The other thing is, I'm trying to work on my abs so I hold one 15 pound dumbbell in each hand and try and do sit ups. Will that work? How many a day do you think I should do to start seeing results? Thanks!

This guy wants to gain weight and build up his abdominals at the same time, which can be done. He is young and has much to learn. Read on as I school him on food mixing, which is the biggest and most common bodybuilding mistake. Also learn my secret to having a great set of abdominals. I assure it is not what you are thinking; it is done without performing any abdominal exercises. Do I have your attention yet?

I read the write up on your N Large 2. It sounds like a great thing. My only complaint is that it heavily does what I call food mixing. Food mixing involves the combining of fat protein and carbohydrates into one big meal, which is a pretty common practice in America. And by the way you were right, it would be hard to gulp down one of these bad boys especially if you are mixing it with milk. Damn man! Are you trying to clog up your system with gunk? Adding a slow digesting food such as milk to this already heavily mixed concoction slams the hamper down on every thing even more. All of your timing pathways would have to be wide open in order to benefit optimally from this meal.

What has happened here? You heard that N Large 2 was a great product right? Well it can be but you have taken a great mixture and messed it up. You need to use this supplement wisely. Water would be a much smarter vehicle for delivery into the gastrointestinal track. The nutrients found in N Large 2 would be better off if they were consumed alone or in 2-hour intervals. "Alone" meaning that you would have to separate the carbohydrates from the protein. I know that this is impossible but it would be the ideal way to use this supplement. This would allow for the absorption time that is needed to get the best out of this product. The only time I would recommend this product to someone at its full strength is if they were in the hospital as a patient of mine and they were severely malnourished and even then I would only allow them to take a few sips every 3-5 minutes or so till it was gone. Man! I am telling you if you throw a huge amount of nutrients like that into an empty stomach you will shock the heck out of you system and it will not be able to handle the load properly. There is just no way.

This is what is found in your product:

Total Kilocalories: 620
Total Fat: 6 grams
Saturated Fat: 3 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 89 grams
Dietary Fiber: 4 grams
Sugars: 23 grams
Protein: 52 grams

If you were to break up a serving in half I would say that since you were trying to gain weight and because you consider yourself a hard gainer (which I feel that you do not really know that you are or are not yet because you have been training for all of one month) I would say give it a whirl. The reason I am hesitant about you using it is because I do not want you to gain fat weight. If you spillover by consuming too many excess carbohydrates you will gain some adipose tissue.

A goal of yours is to develop great abdominals and if you want to see those abdominals you must stay lean! This brings us to part two of your question. Sure the exercise you described will build up the abdominals but you can build them up all you want, if you are not lean you will not ever get to see your results. I do not like saying this because people get the wrong idea but it is true. When I enter a contest I always get comments from people in the audience, people that I do not know come up to me and tell me how great my abdominals are. I have had several people tell me that I have had the best abdominals in the entire show at the 2002 Mr. New Orleans. I have always had the best abdominals in my class hands down. Well my point is this... I do not work abdominals. Nope-Never! I just get shredded and they are there. I can never stress enough how important conditioning is to putting a polish on a great physique. I am not genetically gifted in the abdominal area and at one time I did train abdominals and I trained them hard. Being a short male (5'1" bare foot) I was afraid to build a thick blocky waistline, which would take away from the aesthetic beauty of my physique I stopped training abdominals about 5 years ago. Now I just keep great posture and form while lifting and I do not wear a weight belt during training (even for squatting). My abdominals get enough secondary work to stand out.

I need you to keep at the weights and gain your weight slowly to assure that you are not just getting fat. Use the mirror as a reference and not the scale. Pictures are great ways to document your progress as well, and they do not lie. As far as results... well because you are lean to begin with I would say that with in two to three weeks (max) you will begin to see some type of change. The change may be in appearance or strength. Just do it smart (gain weight) and do not rush into anything. You are young and you have that on your side. Starting early is the best thing that you could be doing right now. If you stick with it you will be ahead of your time come your 20th birthday. You have a perfect height for bodybuilding and if you dedicate your self hard enough you will prevail. Good luck!

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