I started bulking on Joel Marion’s “stripped down hypertrophy programme” ( http://www.T-Nation.com/article/most_recent/stripped_down_hypertrophy ). This was 10 days ago, and I was 72 kg (158.5 lbs or so). Now, I’m about 76kg (167 lbs). Now, I’m in the middle of creatine loading, which had me gaining about 3 lbs last time. Even so, that’s over 5 lbs of change in a week!
I checked my measurements this morning, and my bicep measurements have increased by about 0.65" on average. Unfortunately, my waist size has also increased by about an inch. Needless to say, I’m a bit worried about where this is going!
Here’s the tricky bit, though. I only eat when my stomach is near-empty, and it’s all clean! Since I started, the only “cheat” meals I’ve had were two sushi lunches and a bite of a friend’s cake. I eat oatmeal, brown bread, and other slow-burning carbs for my first 3 meals, and they’re C+P about 50% of the time. In the evenings, I eat P+F for 3 meals (75% P+F success rate). I also wake up to eat at least once at night (because of hunger pangs!). What should I do? Eat less? Or try to eat more veg. with every meal to make sure my meals are digested more slowly? There’s no fridge at my workplace, so it’s tough/impossible to bring certain things in (like a lot of fruit or veg). Here’s what meals 2-4 might look like (at work):
A) Fat-free oatmeal with splenda, whey and berries.
B) Smoked salmon sandwich (brown bread w/grains)
C) Peanut, almond and coconut oil protein shake + Some walnuts as a snack
I do go all out on fruit/veg once I’m home, though.
What should I do to reduce fat gains while fending off hunger? Should I retrack and cut for a few weeks to lose the 1" I gained on my waist or persevere?
Thanks for reading