Help! Gaining inches on the biceps . . . but also the waist.

  • chaotic1

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    Jul 04, 2011 9:59 PM GMT
    So about four months back I got a gym membership. Prior to this, I was working out at home (very lightly) three days a week.

    After four months of heavier lifting three - four days a week, I've added roughly an inch to my arms (Yay!), an inch to my shoulders (Yay!), . . . and an inch and a half to my waist (F***!!!).

    What gives?!? I alternate 1 hour cardio workouts with my weight workouts (ex. Monday = Weights, Tuesday = Cardio, Wednesday = Weights . . . etc.), and my diet hasn't changed dramatically (Okay, I did add daily protein shakes to my diet, but a trainer at the gym told me that my body would eat its own musclemass otherwise - I only eat meat once or twice a week).

    The only other life change I've had is that I just got a promotion from a high stress retail position to a higher stress corporate desk job (but I would've thought I'd still break even given the fact my workouts are more intense now).

    Any ideas? While I'm thrilled by my gains, I'm more interested in toning up than bulking up (I'm a sucker for a tight stomach). If this continues, I may have to just forget the weights and do cardio exclusively :-(

    Suggestions would be appreciated.
  • Lincsbear

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    Jul 04, 2011 11:51 PM GMT
    Try reducing the fat in your diet;more cardio?
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    Jul 05, 2011 6:35 AM GMT
    Stress can cause fat gain too. If you're convinced that your waist gain is due to fat then I would consider some way to de-stress yourself. What kind of cardio do you do? High intensity intervals? Steady state?

    What is your diet like? How many calories are you taking in? What % of carbs/fats/protein? and how many simple carbs vs complex carbs are you eating?

    Lots of questions, but if you can answer them they might help you lose that belly fat.
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    Jul 08, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    Ditch the protein shakes and do the Paleo diet (even a modified version of it works very well).
    If you want to bulk, eat more Paleo-friendly stuff. If you want to cut, eat less.

    PS. Cut out most sugars from your diet. That simple step kick-started my progress.