So this past month i’ve started my first official “bulk”, and am loving it so far - MUCH more than dieting for the past 3 months before that.
Since i’ve been on this site, i’ve obviously noticed all the people who are completely afraid of bulking because they “gain fat easily” and often say they’ve tried to bulk but only put on fat.
What’s interesting is that I thought maybe this was the case with me - I started bulking at around 199-200lbs and just 3 days later I was seeing 207-208lbs on the scale - the highest I had seen in a month was around 202. Obviously though, this couldn’t all be fat, even though a lot of it looked like it, I figured it was probably water weight and, of course, the fact that I was always full of food. (I shamefully admit I was worried that I was gonna lose the small amount of ab definition I had)
This kind of went away after a while though - I’m still consuming the same amount of water and food but don’t feel/look nearly as fat, and actually feel leaner than I did before I started bulking.
What my question is - is this a normal, common process? Was my body just craving calories so that after I finally decided to give it some, it held onto everything it could get? Was my digestive system maybe not adjusted to eating that much food, making my stomach look distended because it couldn’t handle it?
If that’s the case, could this be a reason that so many people say they “gain fat easily” when really it’s just water weight and the shock they give their probably slow digestive system after being in a hypocaloric state for so long?