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  1. I would imagine it depends on what your goals are. If you are just trying to lose 30lbs of weight, maybe entering a calorie deficit is more important than specifically tracking your macro-nutrient consumption, such as protein, within that calorie deficit. If you are a physique competitor, for instance, who has gained a lot of weight, but wants cut weight and body fat to compete, entering a calorie deficit and tracking your macro-nutrient consumption would be vital. When in a deficit, you want to preserve as much muscle as possible. In order to do that, you'd have to keep your protein consumption high, and enter the calorie deficit by lowering calories consumed through carbohydrates and fats.
  2. Personally, if I was dieting, I wouldn't want to cut my protein down relatively. I'd actually want my protein intake to be even higher during a cutting phase, so to preserve as much muscle as possible. I'd rather enter a calorie deficit by lowering carb intake and upping protein intake, rather than lowering both.
  3. You could try the 'Push/Pull/Legs' split. It is basically what the name suggests: a split dedicated to minimizing muscle crossover. In terms of your shoulders, you would train them in the day dedicated to muscles that predominantely involve 'pushing', which would be pecs, delts and triceps. I mainly alternate between this and the typical 'Chest/Triceps; Back/Biceps; Legs; Shoulders/Biceps or Triceps' split, but I like to use 'Push/Pull/Legs' when I want to focus more on frequency and intensity rather than volume, as it basically means I get the chance to train the muscles again one or two days sooner than I would by using the traditional 'BroSplit'. But I wouldn't suggest tying yourself down to this split specifically, because sometimes it is good to give your delts a session dedicated almost exclusively to them, as they respond well to high volume and high reps. A good idea if you do decide to use a 'Push' session is to alternate between training pecs and delts first in the session, so that you're not always training shoulders when they are already pretty fatigued after chest, and vice versa. Generally, though, it is the 'Push' day that I like least during that split, as I feel it's hard to get a decent volume for all three muscle groups in the one session without spending a lot of time in the gym. I'd usually limit pecs, delts and triceps to about three exercises each during a 'Push' session, or else try to throw in big compound exercises that heavily involve them all, such as bench press, shoulder press and dips.
  4. You Me At Six previewed a couple of new tracks from their sixth album on Radio 1 last night. Really liking the new tune ‘3AM’. Didn’t even get their last album, as I didn’t like any of the singles but after hearing one song from this one, I’m looking forward to hearing more.
  5. If you can ignore the jarringly odd music video and the fact they are still writing lyrics about the same old topics as 4/5 years ago, this is actually not a bad song.
  6. I don't watch any anime, but I read manga. I'm not sure if there is a manga thread, so this is probably as close as I'll get to one. I just started One Piece the other day. I'm 77 chapters in and finally getting into it now. I have to compare it to Naruto, in the sense that they are both extremely long mangas. At 77 chapters into Naruto, we were already in the midst of the Chunnin exams, so the story was really starting to flow as one. What I like less about One Piece is so far it's just been story after story, rather than everything happening feeling like part of one big story, as Naruto already felt like by 70-odd chapters in. That's why I only feel like I am really getting into One Piece now, as it's finally come to a story that makes it feel like it really means something. The part I am at it is where they go to Arlong Park and we find out that Nami has been working alongside pirates all along. It feels like it's reached a point in One Piece where things are really going to take off in terms of an overall plot.
  7. 7 for me. Highlights: Tyrion starting to look a bit more like the Tyrion of season 1-4. As I have said all season, they are handling the Daenerys and Jon relationship really well and continued to do so this episode. The summit was pretty well written and tense. The killing of Littlefinger took me by surprise. Didn't expect Sansa and Arya to out for him like they did. Jon being called Aegon. Burning of the Wall. Lowlights: Sam and Bran's conversation was so contrived. They have become exposition in character form. Don't really see the need for Theon to go and become a hero. I can't forgive him for his betrayal of the Starks, so I can't really believe that Jon would spare him, as he is no use to anyone.
  8. The change with Arya is definitely a deliberate one by the writers, not by the actress herself. I think Maisie Williams has proven to be a great young actress, especially in the early seasons. But since Arya the character has changed, Maisie William's performances as her have got worse. I don't think she plays this new Arya as convincingly as she played the old Arya. Working off Sophie Turner hasn't help, as for me, she may be the weakest actress out of all the main cast, along with Isaac Hempstead Wright as Bran. The acting between Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner in the last episode was so wooden and unbelievable, in my eyes. Neither of them seem believable in their roles anymore.
  9. I gave it a 7, but I do think I was being generous. If I wanted to nit pick and focus on how ridiculous some of the timing scales were - Gendry's run back to the Wall and a raven seemingly flying from the Wall Dragonstone in the same time it took three dragons to fly from Dragonstone to the Wall, which appeared to be a few hours - I would end up giving this episode a 4, but I've come to accept that D&D realise what they are doing here. They know as well as we do how unlikely this is to make sense, but they want to wrap this thing up. More of this will come next season, so we all better get used to it. There were some good moments, though. I liked the dialogue between the Hound and Tormund. As much as I didn't want it to happen, the dragons coming to the rescue was well done visually. I was happy they killed Viserion and brought the dragon back as a wight. Despite what a lot of people are saying, I think the show is handling Jon and Daenerys' relationship quite well. The scene with the two of them together in the boat was nice. The lows of the episode was the needless killing of Benjen. I really have no idea why they couldn't have just let him come to save Jon and take him back to the Wall without him jumping off the horse and going to die. And, of course, the Winterfell storyline. It has been possibly the worst part of this season altogether, but episode 6 ripped it. I really dislike what they have done with Arya. For two actresses that seem as friendly as Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams are in real life, they literally have zero on screen chemistry. Their conversations at Winterfell have easily been the worst examples of acting in the whole show.
  10. I actually rate this a 9 and would say it was my favourite episode of the season so far. Yes, it didn't have the action of episode four, but I think there was more story and more character development. As a Tyrion fan, it was nice to see him have a purpose again, even if it was only to strike a deal with Cersei through Jaime. I had waited a long time to see Jaime and Tyrion in a scene together, to see what kind of tension there would be. I think the show got it spot on. Jaime didn't quite know if he wanted to kill him or talk to him. He feels sympathy for Tyrion over Joffrey, but he can't look at him the same due to Tywin. We all knew Gendry was coming back, but I actually like what they have done with him - the warhammer was a nice touch - and I am interested to see if he and Jon can strike up a relationship like that of Robert and Ned. I don't know about everyone else, but I am pretty excited for the journey to catch a wight with Jon, Jorah, Gendry and the Brotherhood.
  11. I know they didn't literally copy and paste the dialogue from the books, but it is still no shock that the dialogue and general writing has appeared to suffer since they ran out of book material. Certain scenes have still been brilliant, of course, like the 'Hold the door!' moment and the Battle of the Bastards, but I imagine - I may well be wrong, of course - that these scenes are going to appear in the books at some point, so aren't completely a creation of the TV show writers.
  12. I know that the three siblings shouldn't have been making jokes and playing games with each other as if all was normal. Maybe it was more the dialogue that they had to work with was poor. It just didn't seem natural, to me, even for a season that was meant to be unnatural. Something I had also noticed in last week's episode with the dialogue between Jon and Daenerys. You say there is no chemistry between Kit and Emilia, but I think it is the material they are working with that is causing it, coupled with the fact we all know this relationship is being forced upon the show. Last night, the exchanges between them in the caves seemed a bit more natural, also when she asked him for advice on her next move. I just can't fathom the idea of the two of them ending up with some romantic scenes. It's going to be so forced and contrived. Jon is backwards and shy when it comes to women, which made Ygritte perfect for him because she was so forwards it made up for the two of them. Daenerys was shy and reserved initially with Drogo, but it didn't take long for her to come out of her shell with him. Then when she saw Daario, she seemed like she wanted him from the moment she laid her eyes on him. With Jon, if they do pursue it, it's going to be a slow burning relationship which will only lead it to be more contrived, in my opinion. It would have nearly been better if she looked at Jon the way she did towards Daario right from the start.. But this whole stolen glances, Jon touching her arm and Davos accusing Jon of liking her just makes it all too cringeworthy.
  13. It was, as you say, a great episode. Definitely the best of the season so far. I agree for the most part about what you say about the dialogue, but do you not think the Arya arriving in Westeros and her banal conversations with Sansa and Bran (poorly written and poorly acted out) slowed down the pace momentarily? It definitely peaked again quickly after that, but that section was boring. I have a real feeling the Starks in Winterfell are going to be the boring arc of the season. We have a great character like Littlefinger there, who is being wasted following Sansa around and now smiling weird smiles in Arya's direction. They need to get the life back into LF, because he is the only thing that could save the story at Winterfell, as Sansa, Arya and Bran have zero chemistry.
  14. I'd say an 8, and I'd go further by saying it was the best episode of the season. One particular highlight was when Jon told Theon that the Queen wasn't at Dragonstone and it cut away to the impending battle scene at Highgarden. There's been a couple of really nice cut-aways so far this season. Low point of the episode was the Stark reunion between Arya, Sansa and Bran. I know Bran is no longer Bran, but the awkwardness between the three just felt more like bad acting and bad dialogue as opposed to intentional awkwardness between the trio.
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