gaining fat while gaining muscle, help!

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    Aug 20, 2008 11:29 PM GMT
    For the past few months, I've been feeling and looking much better when I started to drop down excess weight,

    and my body reshaped itself rather nicely with broader shoulders and slightly smaller waist size.


    I also started playing soccer regularly, and then on top of that, started swimming every day.

    With that came an increased appetite, and now I feel like I'm growing in fat rather than anything, as I'm eating a lot more than I'm burning.

    Winter here in Oregon just came, it rained the past few days, so I had to go back to wearing jeans, turns out that I can't even fit in my jeans that were loose fit in March/April!!!

    HELP! Not sure what to do and don't want to do something stupid like go to the gym and do aerobics til I pass out!



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    Aug 21, 2008 12:22 AM GMT
    My eating habits are irregular and usually involve a source of protein, salmon mostly if not, I will have a protein shake or bar.

    Lately I've been eating out a lot for dinner with the idea that if I'm getting enough exercise I can eat as much as I want (til I'm full).

    I no longer watch the amount of fat as I was advised that I shouldn't worry about it. Before I was restricting fat altogether except for ground flax seeds in my breakfast cereal.

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    Aug 21, 2008 12:34 AM GMT
    If you're gaining in a bad way, you need to take a more active interest in your diet. How's your weight? If your form is bad, you could be building the abs outward, which would increase waist size without necessarily putting on fat. Without knowing what your workout schedule or current caloric intake is, it's hard to advise
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    Aug 21, 2008 1:09 AM GMT
    You were told not to worry about the amt of fat you were consuming?

    ... Start worrying....
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    Aug 21, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Make sure you're not getting more than about 50 grams of protein in a single sitting -- your body will not be able to metabolise it properly. Better to eat 50 grams every 2 hours (if you're trying to really up your protein intake) than to eat more than that all at once.

    Also, if you want to build mass while also staying cut (or getting more cut) you need to make sure you're varying your calories with your workout. If you have a "rest" day when you don't go to the gym, keep your protein intake up but cut your carbs way back on those days. Conversely, on days when you really work harder (e.g. if you do a "legs" day, which is usually a really tough day) increase your carbs intake on that day, to make sure you have the calorie support to build on that day.
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    Aug 21, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    I dont feel like I have enough info to tell you why you are gaining.

    Have you checked out RJ's nutrition info:
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    Aug 21, 2008 5:01 AM GMT
    what kind of metabolism do you have?

    I agree with the protein part- keep that up (but space it throughout the day) and cut out all refined sugars, bleached or enriched flower, soda, beer (yeah, all the good stuff).

    Go high on the tuna and/or soy. L-Carnitine and DHEA (both over-the-counter supplements) will help you to build muscle and metabolize fat. I'd check with ur Dr. or do some research before integrating them into your diet. L-Carnitine is good but DHEA can make ya little edgy ;)
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    Aug 21, 2008 5:25 AM GMT
    Thanks for the posts and advice!! mucho gracias....

    I am on alternating days workout focusing on upper body on day one and lower body day 3... etc.

    I do mostly free weights, and squats.


    Also I better start analyzing my food intake and the time schedule... grrr....




    Thank you
  • TexanMan82

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    Aug 22, 2008 2:00 PM GMT
    But the fat in salmon is very good for you. The only reason to maybe only have a couple servings a week is that it COULD have high amounts of heavy metals (Mercury, not Metallica)
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    Aug 25, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    Colm_ said If your form is bad, you could be building the abs outward, which would increase waist size without necessarily putting on fat.


    just an update. I am outgrowing my jeans, but my entire body is outgrowing itself, yet my BFI is getting smaller. My shoulders are broader and so are my legs. Soccer helps I think.

    The good news is, I'm not getting fatter, the bad, I need to invest in new jeans.


    Thanks for the help you guys,
    Andre