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    Need help about my bulk progress. Am I getting only fat?

    >>>This is my bulk progress<<<

    -Today was the end of my 4th week of bulk,I gained around 3kg which is a lot for a month.
    -My arm(biceps/triceps) size hasn't increased even for a centimeter,only thing getting bigger is my waist,hips and thighs.
    Does this mean I am only getting fatter since my muscle size hasn't increased since then? Should this be something to worry about or is it normal?

    #2
    Just some thoughts:

    I know very little about measurements and fat vs muscle gaining, but sounds like you are gaining some fat around the waist. I think picture will tell more accurately.

    You must be pretty lean, just by judging from the hips and waist number, because I have about the same number -- hips 87 and waist about 72 (tape just above belly button)-- but I am roughly 148 or 149 cm tall. I think I look slim (not skinny nor fat) when I have clothes on. My hips circumference was 90 four months ago.

    I think you are gaining muslces around the thigh, though, at least part of the gain being so, because 3 cm are a lot. My thighs were 51 four months ago but it's probably a lot of fat. Now they are still 51 (look thick, by the way), but I bet muscles percentage has gone higher because I have been strength-training some and there's obviously more definition down there. Even if the measurement stays the same the fat-muscles ratio can be different. The same applies to your arms.

    With that said, photos will be more helpful, again.

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      #3
      Originally posted by kandy View Post
      Just some thoughts:

      I know very little about measurements and fat vs muscle gaining, but sounds like you are gaining some fat around the waist. I think picture will tell more accurately.

      You must be pretty lean, just by judging from the hips and waist number, because I have about the same number -- hips 87 and waist about 72 (tape just above belly button)-- but I am roughly 148 or 149 cm tall. I think I look slim (not skinny nor fat) when I have clothes on. My hips circumference was 90 four months ago.

      I think you are gaining muslces around the thigh, though, at least part of the gain being so, because 3 cm are a lot. My thighs were 51 four months ago but it's probably a lot of fat. Now they are still 51 (look thick, by the way), but I bet muscles percentage has gone higher because I have been strength-training some and there's obviously more definition down there. Even if the measurement stays the same the fat-muscles ratio can be different. The same applies to your arms.

      With that said, photos will be more helpful, again.
      Here are the photos https://imgur.com/a/CnpH0Zx
      And here is my progress tracker https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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        #4
        lovethedoggo Are the photos all taken recently, or are they before and after?

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          #5
          Originally posted by kandy View Post
          lovethedoggo Are the photos all taken recently, or are they before and after?
          All the photos there are taken 8 days ago,on the first,I also have pictures of few days before I started the bulk if you want to see them.

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            #6
            Right now from the front, I can see definition on your mid-section, which is a great thing. From the side view it looks like you have a belly, but it can be due to a couple other things and not necessarily fat.

            But let's just assume that you have some fat around there. In that case you would be skinny fat. I would say keep training muslces, and also work on your diet. I don't know much about diet but Darebee has the mass effect meal plan and an ab one. I think those will work for you. I feel like you are on the right track, though.

            If you want you can put before photos here so that we can analyse your muscle gain, but it's okay if you don't.

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              #7
              lovethedoggo Not sure what your routine is, your tracker doesn't show, you should get a tracker for what you are lifting, just eat regular, drink milk with each meal and between.

              When I did a bulking routine I increased what I was lifting by 5lbs each workout, so if I did 20 rep barbell squats with 120lbs then next workout will be 125lbs and so on (no matter what), after 4 months I was squatting 230lbs for 20, overall strength shot up. I ate normal but added 5 cups of 3.25% milk a day. This will increase your muscle size. I went from 150lbs to 174lbs in 4 months. I gained 2 inches on my arms and good size to other areas.

              This is the routine twice a week . . .

              Squats 1 x 20 reps

              Dumbbell Pullovers 1 x 20 reps

              Barbell Bench Presses 3 x 8 to 10 reps

              Chins 2 x as many reps as possible

              Bent Over Barbell Rows 2 x 8 to 10 reps

              Seated BB Press 2 x 8 to 10 reps

              Barbell Curls 2 x 8 to 10 reps

              Standing Calf Raises 2 x 20 to 25 reps (same weight as squats)

              Sit-ups 2 x 30 reps

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                #8
                Originally posted by kandy View Post
                Right now from the front, I can see definition on your mid-section, which is a great thing. From the side view it looks like you have a belly, but it can be due to a couple other things and not necessarily fat.

                But let's just assume that you have some fat around there. In that case you would be skinny fat. I would say keep training muslces, and also work on your diet. I don't know much about diet but Darebee has the mass effect meal plan and an ab one. I think those will work for you. I feel like you are on the right track, though.

                If you want you can put before photos here so that we can analyse your muscle gain, but it's okay if you don't.
                You're probably looking at the pic where I'm flexing abs.

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                  #9
                  The fact that your abs show (even when flexing) points towards the fact that even though you are gain around the waist you still aren't fat (as in body fat percentage). A lot here depends on your macros/calorie load and your workout which we don't know.

                  With bulking you don't need a huge surplus especially with a slow bulk (think 250-500 calories extra per day) and you need to focus on a good macro balance. I won't tell you which one you need to do because a lot of that depends on the person but I can make a few recommendations. Make sure you are hitting minimal fat (at the very least) of 1g per kg body weight, protein around 1g per pound of body weight, fill in the rest with carbs.

                  With your workout if you are leg heavy then they will grow first and fast, leg muscles are big and can handle a lot. If you aren't leg heavy then you may be storing fat there but I don't know.

                  I would more inclined to say just have fun with you lifting and work on adding more weight as you go and the growth will happen.

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                    #10
                    I did weighted sit-ups and floor leg raises to get hard abs, hard abs won't sage.

                    Sit-ups I held a dumbbell with my feet and another behind my neck, 30 full old fashion sit-ups. I went as heavy as 35 lb dumbbell.
                    Leg raise I held a dumbbell with my feet and had a 50lb BB plate on my chest so not to tip up, lifted the legs 90° 30 reps. Hands palms down under butt.


                    I'd do 2 sets of each, after 15 pause for a sec then 10 more pause a sec then 5 to finish. My abs were so hard I couldn't balloon my belly out.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by kandy View Post
                      Right now from the front, I can see definition on your mid-section, which is a great thing. From the side view it looks like you have a belly, but it can be due to a couple other things and not necessarily fat.
                      Can be your posture. Work on your shoulder and upperbody flexibility, lower back and abs, when you are going to lift heavier form is essential. Can't comment on bulking don't know anything about it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by photon View Post

                        Can be your posture. Work on your shoulder and upperbody flexibility, lower back and abs, when you are going to lift heavier form is essential. Can't comment on bulking don't know anything about it.
                        Yeah if you have things like anterior pelvic tilt or your transverse abdominis (deep ab muscles) doesn't function enough you can get a bloated belly.

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