The Growing Belly!

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    Mar 13, 2013 12:25 AM GMT
    Hi everyone,

    I'm a pretty small framed guy and every time I eat my belly seems to expand to the point where it looks like I do have a belly, but then the next morning, it's flattened out some. I'm scared that one of these days it won't anymore! I know my belly growing is somewhat normal after I eat, but once I start bulking up, is this effect going to linger? I want to bulk up, and adding more calories to my diet is a must, but I just don't want it all to go to my belly.

    Tips? Much appreciated!

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    Mar 13, 2013 2:13 AM GMT
    Start with some changes to your diet to try and identify an allergy or intallarance.

    You may alway want to visit a doctor to get tested for things like IBS and cyliacs. Regular bloating is not normal.
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    Mar 13, 2013 2:15 AM GMT
    try not eating big meals so close to ur bed time.
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    Mar 13, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    It's almost as if you are putting mass and volume into your body (food and drink) and it is expanding to accommodate it until you pass it out again. Weird.
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    Mar 13, 2013 3:19 AM GMT
    isrred saidIt's almost as if you are putting mass and volume into your body (food and drink) and it is expanding to accommodate it until you pass it out again. Weird.


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    Mar 13, 2013 9:42 AM GMT
    I've thought about food intolerance. I've been tested for allergies a few times and the only food related allergies that have come up has been tree nuts and shellfish, but I'm sure that could change over the years.

    And I know my body is expanding to accommodate for food, but having a bloated belly for the rest of the day doesn't seem quite right. I might be overeating which sucks since I need to to gain weight.
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    Mar 13, 2013 2:06 PM GMT
    electricgreen saidI've thought about food intolerance. I've been tested for allergies a few times and the only food related allergies that have come up has been tree nuts and shellfish, but I'm sure that could change over the years.

    And I know my body is expanding to accommodate for food, but having a bloated belly for the rest of the day doesn't seem quite right. I might be overeating which sucks since I need to to gain weight.


    If you are trying to gain/bulk, you WILL look like you are eating and consuming calories. That doesn't mean it is going to your belly. Everybody's body is different. Some foods make some people bloat more than others. Some people retain water in weird proportions. And some of it probably is indeed the fact that you physically are expanding to accommodate the food you've consumed.

    Just enjoy the process of getting to know and better understand your own body and don't stress about it.
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    Mar 13, 2013 2:13 PM GMT
    electricgreen saidI've thought about food intolerance. I've been tested for allergies a few times and the only food related allergies that have come up has been tree nuts and shellfish, but I'm sure that could change over the years.

    And I know my body is expanding to accommodate for food, but having a bloated belly for the rest of the day doesn't seem quite right. I might be overeating which sucks since I need to to gain weight.


    If it is just simple expansion, you may want to start with core work. If the core muscles to not have the inherent strength to hold back a stomach of food, they likely don't have the strength to support during intensive exercise. You'll just hurt yourself...
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    Mar 13, 2013 2:32 PM GMT
    electricgreen saidI've thought about food intolerance. I've been tested for allergies a few times and the only food related allergies that have come up has been tree nuts and shellfish, but I'm sure that could change over the years.

    And I know my body is expanding to accommodate for food, but having a bloated belly for the rest of the day doesn't seem quite right. I might be overeating which sucks since I need to to gain weight.

    We can't see this belly expansion ourselves, so you may be overreacting to something that's entirely normal. At the same time, gaseous bloating due to certain foods is a possibility. What do you eat?

    Do you consume milk products? A lactose intolerance can develop during adulthood, something you didn't experience in your youth, and it runs in families, causing bloating. It's not strictly an allergy, and may not have been caught in your previous studies.

    My late Father had it, and my youngest son. I didn't have symptoms until a few years ago. Now I drink milk for the lactose intolerant. Stay away from anything with cow's milk for a few days and see what happens.

    And also veggies known to cause bloating, like beans, asparagus, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots. Google to find what gassy foods to avoid.

    Everybody's different. I love Brussels sprouts and can eat a plateful with no problem. But cabbage or green peppers have me belching like crazy. You should analyze your diet as a possible cause of your symptom.
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    Mar 14, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    If your trying to gain muscle, you have to have somewhere for you food to effect. If you haven't broken down anything, there's nothing to repair or grow, so your food will simply supply your basic needs then be passed; it has nowhere to go but your stomach. I started trying to gain about a year ago and I'm up 15lbs. I had to start with multivitamins and a vegetable supplement to make sure all my body's basic needs were met, then I started eating lean proteins on top of it. Maybe you need less food and more protein/shake type things, they're quickly digested and contain a lot of water, which is the basis for everything in the body (along with salt to run sodium gated ion channels).

    Break your muscles down first, then your body has some use for the food: to break it down and use it to restore what you've shredded in your workouts.
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    Mar 15, 2013 1:59 AM GMT
    Compression gear.
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    Mar 15, 2013 2:01 AM GMT
    don't be sedentary
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    Mar 15, 2013 12:51 PM GMT
    get all your nutrition from tiny green pills.
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    Mar 18, 2013 10:57 PM GMT
    What you described is normal, and the reason you look "slimmer" in the morning is because you are dehydrated. If your diet contains a lot of salt, then that will make you appear "bloated" longer, since your body will retain water. Pretty much why if you weigh yourself in the morning vs. evening your weight will be a couple pounds difference.
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    Mar 18, 2013 10:58 PM GMT
    Well the good news is if it one day does stay guys on Grommr love that kind of thing. icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 18, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    GAMRican saidCompression gear.


    Unless you're talking corsets, compression clothing has never been shown to hav any appreciable effect on performance, energy, or fatigue. It has been shown to support recovery, but only I a minor decree.
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    Mar 19, 2013 1:27 AM GMT
    Getting fatter is part of bulking up.

    Get used to it, or stay skinny.

    BTW, I think skinny guys are hot. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 19, 2013 11:58 PM GMT
    Medjai said
    GAMRican saidCompression gear.


    Unless you're talking corsets, compression clothing has never been shown to hav any appreciable effect on performance, energy, or fatigue. It has been shown to support recovery, but only I a minor decree.


    I am sure this is true but most people only wear compression gear because it is the nearest they can get to being shirtless on the gym floor icon_biggrin.gif
  • Saurion

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    Mar 26, 2013 1:22 AM GMT
    Something many guys cannot bring themselves. Very few people will be able to add any decent amount of muscle without gaining fat.

    It takes me forever to get fiends to do it, but it ends up working. Everyone's body is different, but you generally need a lot of calories, fairly high protein, and high carbs. Some fats also. Thing is, you can cut down. I do what the guys at my last gym told me to do. They admitted they lean down quickly because of GH, but that's not a concern of mine now. Still, Im seeing results, if f***ing school will stop getting the way of my consistency.

    That being said, what you're seeing is not fat, it's distention caused by having food in your stomach. Happens to me frequently.
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    Mar 26, 2013 1:33 AM GMT
    Medjai said
    GAMRican saidCompression gear.


    Unless you're talking corsets, compression clothing has never been shown to hav any appreciable effect on performance, energy, or fatigue. It has been shown to support recovery, but only I a minor decree.


    He was making fun of the OP for whining about his itty-bitty belly. He was suggesting this:

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    Mar 26, 2013 1:36 AM GMT
    I've got kind of a different abdominal problem which is actually a belly that is shrinking but skin that is not - I've lost about 15 lbs in the last three months while also doing lots of ab work - my ab channels are now starting to show, but I have a fair amount of loose skin that's making them look kinda funky. The fact that I am older means that my skin is not as elastic as it used to be, and so I guess I just have to wait it out.