I basically had a 4 1/2 month period (early May 2006 to late Sept 2006) of failed bulking and I’m looking for advice. I added 22 pounds, ate as clean as I could, and followed Berardi’s S2B program. I included the pictures below just so you could see how much definition I lost and fat I added.
I pushed myself hard, at times hitting muscle failure. I think the problem was that I ate too many calories and tried to gain too fast. A trainer told me to aim for 1 to 1.5 pounds per week, and that’s about what I gained. I saw many posters here encourage eating “big.”
I’m 5’5" 135 and I was eating around 3600 calories a day. Specifically, I was eating six 600 calories meals daily consisting of lean protein and good carbs and healthy fats. I was trying really hard, which is why the results are so frustrating!
I noticed I was losing some ab definition but I assumed that was just “part of bulking.” I didn’t realize how much definition I was losing (everywhere, not just the abs) and how little muscle I was gaining until I looked at the before/after pictures.
My long-term goal is still to get bigger and brawny (bigger chest, back, and shoulders, although I don’t have to be huge to be happy with myself). But right now I hate the extra fat I’m carrying around. I can’t decide whether I should spend a little time getting rid of this ugly fat and then re-do the bulking, going much slower or whether I should just start bulking slowly right now and live with the fat I added.
I already know I’m just skinny fat now. You don’t have to throw a lot of harsh names at me. I’m posting just because I’m looking for help. Thanks!