Glitch.e, foods were good quality… the best, really. lean beef, chicken, turkey, oats and brown rice, green veg and a little fruit. Simple carbs post workout, with a isolate protein. I was eating every 2-3 hours, felt lethargic some days and bloated too. I seem to gain weight, but the few kg’s are clearly around my mid section.
I know one should not care about abs during a bulk, but when they are well hidden behind a layer of fat, and no noticeable muscle gain in other areas, well that’s just depressing… i’ve tried 8 week bulks, 12 week bulks, god, I’ve even tried a full year bulk, only to feel like shit for most of the year… (maybe it’s a hormonal thing, that is a separate issue altogether) Because my experiences of bulking have been so poor, the IF or Carb backloading sounds interesting…
I might follow your advice, and try CBL for a couple of months. Thanks.
What I have highlighted in bold sounds like me a couple years ago. The problem? Eating so many meals. You are never really burning fat and are always storing it. I used to feel really tired after lunch when I was eating throughout the day. It was quite miserable trying to bulk this way.
If you have fat to lose I recommend Leangains to start (IMO to teach the body how to burn its own fat stores) and then transition to Carb Backloading as you get leaner. If you are already happy with your leanness and want some muscle and recomp then go with CBL.
I am now convinced that the body (at least my body) needs periods without food in order to maximise fat loss.