I'm lifting heavy, eating big, getting big but also getting a belly. What does this mean, I'm eating too much or not lifting the right way? My diet consists of heavy protein and all the standard "good" bodybuilding food. However, I am getting a gut, no doubt.
I'm trying to get some advice from some of you who have gone through this. Should I cut back on the calories? Will that help? As far as lifting goes, if anything I'm overtraining and working harder than I should be for size, yet I'm still getting a gut. So, I don't want to mess with my workout routine. The only thing I can see is to cut back on the calories.
If your diet is clean like it is then cutting calories is the answer. You could try different macro-nutrient percentages as well.
i have the same problem. maybe it is the supplements we take? i'm not sure
Thanks. Yeah, I think I'm just going to cut back for a few weeks and see what happens, see if I lose the gut, muscle mass or what. All these articles just keep hammering home the fact that you have to eat to get huge. Maybe so, but I don't like the gut.
With gaining muscle, you always gain some fat, its unevitable. The stomach is one of the first places fat gets deposited for men. If you feel uncomfortable with how you look, lower your calories to loose some fat. However, this does mean that you wont be gaining muscle anymore. If you feel that you should first get more muscle then you will just have to accept the belly for now.
How much above maintenance are you currently eating?
6'2 - 105kg (231lb)
i also get this problem.. last time i bulked up to 210 i gained lean mass everywhere and grew pudgy on my face and lower stomach was a problem.. i tend to keep significant stomach fat even when i was 168.. i might try switching macros to a VERY low carb to no carb diet and see how that works on my body type.
Squat - 375
Bench - 265
Deadlift - 425
Goal: BW/OH squat 185 LBS x 15 by summer 2010
There are so many factors which dictate how you gain muscle/weight and the biggest quite frankly is your own body type. You have to take this into account and then determine the way you feel most comfortable about gaining muscle/weight.
Here are two examples.
I have a friend who is muscular, reasonably lean and I would guess has a med/high metabolism. He hasn't trained in two months and has been on a serious binge and the ****er is still leaner and more muscular than me! When he is training and eating a lot he gains muscle without putting on much fat and looks great.
Now for myself. I naturally have a non muscular, not very lean, low metabolism - yes it sucks to me lol... The last 10 years I have probably been 15% - 20% because I just kept soldiering on telling myself that it was just the way I gained weight. Yeah I gained weight, but I looked ****ty and there were guys less muscular than me, but because they were leaned looked so much better. I would even say I looked like I was out of shape/non trained because I just had too much fat.
I have only really come to the realisation very recently that I have to be a bit more strategic about how I am doing things. Plus I am tired of looking out of shape and untrained. So my first port of call is to get to 10% bodyfat. It's going to take an extra-ordinary effort to get there (strict dieting and lots of cardio) but once I get there I know I am going to be truly happy. From there it will be important to never go over 13%. I reckon I will have to be doing cardio all year round to some degree and my weight gain will be MUCH slower than most but I will be reasonably lean at all times.
This is just the way I feel comfortable doing things because of my bodytype and I am guessing I am the same as the original poster. Fat goes to my fact, stomach and chest (as it does with most men) very easily so I have to be really careful with my calories and activity levels.
The good thing about being lean is that your metabloism will naturally get higher and it will become easier to gain lean mass too.
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but like the others said, it is possible to gain muscle and lose fat, but it can get complicated and time consuming. if you have enough dedication you can do it though
Last edited by soclydeza; 01-11-2010 at 06:38 AM.
LOSE not loose!!! lol :P
OP - You might be gaining weight too quickly. We may need some more details before we can help.
I know you read "You need to eat more!!111!!" But you cant force feed your muscles into growing. I think theres a fine line of eating more to gain muscle and eating more to gain unneeded amounts of bodyfat.
First Bulk pics VS Starting pics, take a look!! http://www.wannabebigforums.com/show...=1#post1616109
Progress pics of a cut using bodyweight only movements http://www.wannabebig.com/forums/sho...45#post2405745
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