Skinny fat Indian guy looking for fitness tips

Microsoft xVeQ24
Apr 13 53 Comments

I’m 6’2 and weigh 190ish. 26. I have never lift weights ever.

My question for y’all is:
Given my genetics, how long would it get to build a nice muscular body?
What program shall I follow?
Since I am a vegetarian, how so I increase my protein intake?

I live in Redmond in case that’s important.

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    • Microsoft xVeQ24
      OP
      How do you back your assertions
      Apr 13
    • No words for how shitty and ignorant your statement is.

      Sure certain ethnic groups tend to express certain genes more often. But to discretely categorize “strength” into 4 huge umbrella groups with your basis being “scientific studies”...you must be stupid, racist, trolling, or all of those.

      Define “black”: originated from Africa? What part? Define “white”: Northern European? Western European? Eastern European? North African? Middle Eastern? Same goes for “Asian” and “Indian”. Etc etc etc....

      Your hypothesis sounds like a German government study in 1942.
      Apr 13
    • Microsoft notok
      Google Milind Soman. Disproves your assertion.
      Apr 13
    • Microsoft / Designowo;
      I’ve seen plenty of muscle-y Indians, as well as Asians. If u think a whole race has one type of genetic makeup for ability to put on muscle then lmao ok
      Apr 13
    • Twitter iLCforFun
      @msft I never said every single Indian. I said most.
      I goto the gym daily. Rarely seen a buff Indian. 1/10 maybe.
      Apr 13
    • Google / Product4pmCoffee
      I always wondered what would happen if they teach potential coders only coding and math through the school.
      This!
      Apr 13
    • Amazon leetN00b
      To address your sources of data, going to the gym gives you a sample size of that one gym in your town of the people who signed up and go.

      The second source of data of an unnamed wellness company that collected data on the current state a sample of a population. That cannot be extrapolated to interpret as one of the races "cannot build much muscle no matter how hard they try. It's genetics."

      I won't even address the data source of "just look at any black guy"
      Apr 13
    • Amazon leetN00b
      Apr 13
  • Oracle not_larry
    Skinny fat?
    Apr 133
    • is a body type. guys with thin build that get fat around the waist, at least my definition
      Apr 13
    • Oracle not_larry
      I see. I was thinking skinny and fat cancel each other and tada op is already fit 🤷‍♂️
      Apr 13
    • unfortunately no, and it’s worse to be a skinny fat than a big guy for a simple reason, your heart is genetically sized based on your body mass and getting to a bigger size would increase the effort it has to do let alone the other facts like cholesterol etc... at least my little knowledge
      Apr 13
  • Wayfair abcef
    Get a personal trainer and be consistent with your workout.
    Apr 130
  • Uber yoi
    If you've got some extra $, get a personal trainer
    All the best with your goals
    Apr 130
  • Oracle / DesignMiddleWest
    Do a basic linear progression strength program like Starting Strength.
    https://startingstrength.com/get-started/programs

    Get strong first, then worry about getting lean after. Plus...if you follow that program, you’ll get pretty muscular within 3 months.
    Apr 130
  • Micro Focus Fuuu
    Don’t waste money on a trainer or nutritionist. Get the book “Bigger Leaner Stronger” by Mike Matthews. It’ll answer all your questions about nutrition and lifting.

    Also don’t do CrossFit unless the idea of destroying your shoulders or herniating a disc in your spine sounds appealing.
    Apr 135
    • New .rant.
      Good book. But if money isn’t an obstacle, there’s no downside to starting off with a trainer and nutritionist.

      Having a trainer builds confidence, and ensures you’re not picking up bad habits that are hard to break later, as you start moving past the novice level.

      Nutritionist I normally wouldn’t bother with, *except* for folks with strict diets and/or aggressive goals. Food will make or break it.
      Apr 13
    • Micro Focus Fuuu
      I should probably clarify on my comment that a trainer for a barbell strength training program will be invaluable for sure. The types of trainers I’m against are the ones you’d find at a commercial gym that have people running around doing random exercises without any logical structure. I’ve seen these type of people going to the gym for months without making any noticeable strength or aesthetic progress. But someone who can teach OP proper squat, bench, deadlift, etc form...then yeah go for it.
      Apr 13
    • New .rant.
      I guess my bias is showing; when I think “lifting” I immediately assume “powerlifting.” 😊
      Apr 13
    • Google chenku
      +1 to fuuu, my friend paid a ridiculous amount to a trainer for 2+ years. At the end of it he couldn't even squat a single plate. He's ditched the trainer and is doing free weights on his own now and seeing great results.
      Apr 13
    • New .rant.
      Just find the right trainer. I saw one for four years, lost 80 pounds, and went from not being able to dead lift the bar, to 450+.
      Apr 13
  • eBay lllgd
    Just join CrossFit, I went from 190 to 160 in 6 months
    Apr 130
  • Before you hit the gym consistently, do us a big skinny fat favor: use a lot of deodorant. Work on getting those noobie gains 20-22 lbs of muscle, whatever people say about genetics, anyone can attain this within their first 1-1.5 year of consistent training. Afterward, it will be harder, but reach your natural potential. When you are 30, get on gear.
    Apr 131
    • Palo Alto Networks KTkC88
      Yes, please watch your hygeine and get help to learn proper form and gym etiquette. Don't just go in swinging weights around.
      Apr 13
  • Google / Product4pmCoffee
    1. Kudos that you decided to get fit.
    2. Focus on getting healthier, fit is an outcome.
    2a. Healthy = Exercise enough + Eat well + Rest well
    3. Throw the word genetics out of your dictionary
    4. Get a Trainer. Pay him/her for 6 months to a year till you understand the mechanics of human(not indian) physiology
    5. Ask all other questions to trainer. Stay curious
    6. Don’t give up if you don’t see visible changes in 3 months. I know right now it’s all about looks but Fitness is not a goal it’s a way to live better. 30-45 mins workout everyday is like depositing energy in your retirement fund. All those people that we all wonder “how do they have so much energy in 50s, 60s... = how they look young at this age” cuz they funded their energy 401k in their 20s, 30s and 40s.

    Veggie protein - Soybean, tofu, rest you know. Start eggs/eggwhites if possible, 100% whey protein shake

    Good luck!
    Apr 132
    • Microsoft xVeQ24
      OP
      Is a Ymca trainer reliable? Not sure where to find a good trainer
      Apr 13
    • Google / Product4pmCoffee
      Join the best gym in the area and they have trainers that you can hire there. Please ask if they have degrees in kinesiology or a related field and preferably have a physique that you would like to have.
      Apr 13
  • New .rant.
    Definitely get a trainer. Definitely get a nutritionist. Your biggest challenge will be eating enough (in general, and especially protein if you’re a vegetarian).
    Apr 134
    • Google ovBk62
      But should you be eating a lot if you're skinny fat like OP?
      Apr 13
    • New .rant.
      Yes, but the right foods at the right times. If you want to build muscle, you need to eat. And the more muscle you have, the easier it is to lose fat.
      Apr 13
    • New .rant.
      Astute readers will note that this is why most people approach serious training in two phases: the bulk and the cut.
      Apr 13
    • Google ovBk62
      Hmm I see
      Apr 13
  • Microsoft Gynamid
    Give up rice and eat more protein. I did and results were fantastic with excersizing 3 days a week.
    Apr 132
    • Google Tken
      Does substituting with brown rice work?
      Apr 13
    • Microsoft Gynamid
      My nutritionist mentioned that brown rice is much healthier than white rice but I decided not to eat rice. BTW, I am vegeterian and getting protien rich food was a challenge. Go for more lentils and beans. Add some protien supplements if you can. All the best.
      Apr 13
  • New timber
    With regards to protein intake: try to get about 75-100 grams of protein everyday to start with. Being a vegetarian, the best thing I can recommend is consuming protein shakes. Invest in a nutritionist bullet. Get some frozen fruit of your choice, or greens. Mix with one scoop protein powder, 1 cup Greek yogurt, some milk, and some nuts preferably almonds, walnuts. This itself can get you around 50 grams of protein. For the remainder you will have to rely on lentils, and paneer.
    Apr 132
    • Microsoft
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      dnejmore
      How often do u eat like this?
      Apr 13
    • New timber
      With regards to smoothies almost everyday. However I am not sure if I get to 100 grams protein everyday
      Apr 15
  • Amazon ojVm01
    Invest in nutritionist and CrossFit
    Apr 130
  • Oracle / DesignMiddleWest
    Re: protein, look at some vegan or vegetarian protein powders. There are many. There are plenty of vegan athletes and vegan bodybuilders, and because the vegans love talking about it, you can get decent guidance.
    Apr 130
  • Airbnb ronomail
    Stay away from protein powder. Bad for your hair, you'll go bald
    Apr 142
  • Canonical jpcD43
    Eat Greek yogurt, cottage cheese and drink whey protein and milk. Lift heavy things _every_ day and try not to drink too much alcohol and limit the oil in the cooking. In 3-6 months you will notice a difference and after 6 months it gets easier and easier to keep going. After a year it's just part of who you are and how you eat. People will start to ask you for advice when they see you in the gym.
    6d1
    • Amazon lamardavis
      What kind of oil? What about olive oil?
      5d
  • Salesforce VKwg47
    Genetics and diet only come into play when you're trying to get REALLY buff. Just work out, eat some more protein (lentils are fine, btw) and you'll do fine enough to be healthy.
    Apr 130
  • Oracle / DesignMiddleWest
    I have at least three herniated discs and never deal with any pain...which is because disc herniations are pretty normal and shown not to be harmful.

    Not that there aren’t reasons to avoid Crossfit of course. I personally am a fan but it’s not necessary to just look better.
    Apr 130
  • Athenahealth tcismylife
    Eat grass
    Apr 130
  • Amazon lamardavis
    There is a protein powder that's organic plant-based. It is called Orgain and I think would be ideal for vegans.
    Apr 130
  • Microsoft hackeddd
    You sound like my type now
    Apr 130
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  • Dell mikecohen
    3-4 months to see good difference, if you do gym regularly and eat good food. Being a vegetarian, it is difficult to have a good protein intake but you can try protein isolates such as ON or other brands but do check for allergies. Don’t mix carbs and fats in your meals.
    Apr 130

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