I have been lurking around the site for a few months and have gathered a ton of great information. I have some questions regarding supplements (protein specifically).
37 year old male
I am 6 feet tall and recently dropped from a fat 215 lbs. back down to 190.
For the past 3 months I have started to run, bike, do a lot of push-up and pull up type exercises and a small amount of lifting to supplement a mixed martial arts program that I enjoy.
After the new year, I hope to focus more time on strength training. I would like to approach it with the right plan. Obviously, I want to become stronger for my martial arts program, with a secondary interest in overall appearance and health. I would also like to gain lean muscle without packing on all the fat I just worked so hard to lose.
I eat pretty healthy, lots of fruits, veggies, meat, yogurt. try to only eat whole grains.
My current supplements are a multi vitamin, Flaxseed oil, and chromium.
My first question is should I be taking a protein supplement? I have noticed some gains just by doing simple exercises and no real attention to dieting for gains. Am I denying myself anything by not eating a ton of protein? I really struggle with trying to figure out what time of day to eat what foods etc. especially during and after a workout? That seems like a pretty important time to do things right diet-wise.
In my 20's I weight trained for a while and lost interest due to the fact that I am a hard -gainer. I seem to get stronger, just not bigger.
Again, any and all advice is welcome and appreciated. Feel free to recommend any other supplements or ideas.