So Frustrating!

  • Regina_Guy

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    Oct 04, 2010 10:40 PM GMT
    So here's the story:

    I've been working very hard over the past four months to tone up and put on some more muscle. I've been following the bodybuilding.com 12 week video workout. The program is pretty big on tons of cardio everyday, which I followed religiously (40 minutes per day). During the first three months, I lost about 3 inches of fat on my stomach and about an inch on my chest, which was great. However, I also lost about 2 pounds during that time as well. The good news is that my body was starting to show definition, which I was totally pumped over

    The problem is, I don't want to lose weight, I want to gain! So after doing some more research, it appeared that I was doing way too much cardio, so I cut it back to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. I also started increasing my calorie intake, (very healthy food, spilt over 5 meals per day). The problem is, that over the past month, I've noticed the fat coming back around my stomach. It's frustrating me, cause that's exactly what I didn't want.

    Is this normal? I'm increasing the level of weights I'm lifting weekly, and hitting the gym everyday. How can I get the weight to distribute itself evenly on my body, not just show up on my gut?
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    Oct 05, 2010 2:10 AM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidSo here's the story:

    I've been working very hard over the past four months to tone up and put on some more muscle. I've been following the bodybuilding.com 12 week video workout. The program is pretty big on tons of cardio everyday, which I followed religiously (40 minutes per day). During the first three months, I lost about 3 inches of fat on my stomach and about an inch on my chest, which was great. However, I also lost about 2 pounds during that time as well. The good news is that my body was starting to show definition, which I was totally pumped over

    The problem is, I don't want to lose weight, I want to gain! So after doing some more research, it appeared that I was doing way too much cardio, so I cut it back to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. I also started increasing my calorie intake, (very healthy food, spilt over 5 meals per day). The problem is, that over the past month, I've noticed the fat coming back around my stomach. It's frustrating me, cause that's exactly what I didn't want.

    Is this normal? I'm increasing the level of weights I'm lifting weekly, and hitting the gym everyday. How can I get the weight to distribute itself evenly on my body, not just show up on my gut?


    It is quite difficult (read "basically impossible") to "tone up" and put on more muscle. Toning, in addition to incorporating more cardio into your work out with lower weights and higher reps, requires you to eat very lean and FAR fewer calories than when you are attempting to add muscle.

    Adding muscle, as you know, requires an increase in caloric intake to supply your muscles with the fuel they need to grow. It appears you have done that. Consequently, you will gain weight! However, if your eating is as clean as you say you are and not eating immed before you go to sleep, you should not see a significant increase in body fat.

    Do you keep a journal of what you eat and when you eat it? Also, keep in mind that what your body does not need immediately, it will conserve in the form of fat. Thus, if your protein intake is a bit higher than what might be optimal, you will definitely gain muscle mass...with the remainder of the energy being stored for later (as fat).

    I hope I did not confuse you...

    best of luck....and keep it up!

    cya!
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    Oct 05, 2010 5:28 AM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidSo here's the story:

    I've been working very hard over the past four months to tone up and put on some more muscle. I've been following the bodybuilding.com 12 week video workout. The program is pretty big on tons of cardio everyday, which I followed religiously (40 minutes per day). During the first three months, I lost about 3 inches of fat on my stomach and about an inch on my chest, which was great. However, I also lost about 2 pounds during that time as well. The good news is that my body was starting to show definition, which I was totally pumped over

    The problem is, I don't want to lose weight, I want to gain! So after doing some more research, it appeared that I was doing way too much cardio, so I cut it back to 30 minutes, 3 days a week. I also started increasing my calorie intake, (very healthy food, spilt over 5 meals per day). The problem is, that over the past month, I've noticed the fat coming back around my stomach. It's frustrating me, cause that's exactly what I didn't want.

    Is this normal? I'm increasing the level of weights I'm lifting weekly, and hitting the gym everyday. How can I get the weight to distribute itself evenly on my body, not just show up on my gut?
    You spilt over 5 meals per day? Damn dude, don't be so fucking clumsy. icon_razz.gif

    As for the fatty stomach syndrome, do some trial an error for a while. You said you cut back your cardio AND increased you calorie intake. Try reverting one of those back to original and go from there.