Building Muscle Mass
What do you consider to be your level of experience in regards to nutrition?
Be completely honest with yourself when answering these questions so you will get information that is right for you. That's the beauty of this online stuff - there's no one around to make you feel self-conscious!
Also, check out the infographic below to get an idea of what it takes and some general guidelines for achieving different levels of fitness/leanness.
A beginner is someone who has little to no experience with tracking/watching their nutrition.
You may have never really been concerned with or watched what you eat.
You are unsure how much of what foods to eat to improve your health and have never really followed any form of diet, at least successfully.
You may also be unconfident as to whether or not you will be able to make healthy changes and reach your goal.
Also, this selection is appropriate if you have some level of experience managing your diet but have more modest goals such as simply feeling better or just dropping a few pounds and aren't in much of a rush to do so.
If the majority of this sounds like you, or sounds more like you than the other options do - consider yourself a beginner.
The Intermediate level is appropriate for recreational exercisers and high-performance athletes who already have a high-quality basic diet and want to pursue very specific performance and/or body transformation goals.
You should have a general idea of what is required in regards to nutrition to lose weight/get lean, have a fairly good grasp on how to select/identify good food options for reaching your goals.
You probably have followed a strict diet where you eat 4-6 meals/day while hitting specific calorie and micro-nutrient goals and had few issues with following your meal plan and counting calories.
This is also an appropriate selection if you don't necessarily have this experience, but are very determined and committed to achieving a specific fitness goal relatively quickly and KNOW you are ready to put in the effort required to do so.
Click on Intermediate if this sounds like you, or sounds more like you than does the other options.
You should consider yourself advanced if you have followed a strict diet based on hitting macronutrient goals and eating 4-6 times per day.
This level is intended for those who: have specific, aggressive goals such as competing in a physique contest, hitting single digits for their body-fat percentage, and are able to rigorously track calories and macronutrient intake and follow guidelines exactly 95% of the time.
You already have a solid understanding of nutrient timing, portion control, and food selection.
You are very familiar with the nutritional techniques required to hit a specific goal, and may know a fair amount of the physiological reasoning/processes/science behind it.
If this pretty much sums up your experience, then click the Advanced button!