Sorry about the delay in a response. I was expecting an email when someone replied to my forum post and never received one. Maybe I need to change my profile settings.
How does your waist look early in the morning before your first meal? If there is no noticeable fat around your mid section it’s most likely bloating
There is no noticeable fat around my mid section, and I’d say my stomach looks bloated a lot of the time.
Some questions to clarify where you are and where you came from:
How tall are you?
I’m 5ft 7In
Were you lean (with ab definition, close to a 4 or 6 pack) before bulking?
Before I started bulking I had fairly visible abs (4 pack). I played a lot of football (soccer) so I was had the fairly athletic looking physique without any weight training.
Since September, how has your strength increased in the basic lifts? (squat, deadlift, bench press, overhead press, row, pulldown/pull-up, etc.)
My strength has increased a fair bit since September. Bench, Squat, Row all up by around 35kg average.
My waist has gone from 32inch to 36inch and I do not have enough experience to know whether this is normal and to be expected or I am going about this wrong.
How have your other measurements changed?
I haven’t measured but I mentioned around my quads or hamstrings because all of my work trousers are tight around this area so there is a noticeable increase here.
What does your current training and diet look like? If we don’t know exactly what you’re doing now, we don’t know what needs changing.
I typically keep my diet the same most days to fit into my routine for work.
Something along these lines:
7am - Oats & Blueberries
10am - 3 egg whites 1 Yellow Brown Bread.
1pm - Chicken & Rice 1/2 cup cottage cheese
3pm - Protein Bar
5pm - Workout
7pm - Evening meal - Meat (Chicken/ Pork/ Beef) with sweet potatoes/broccoli/ rice
10pm - 2 tspns Peanut Butter on crackers
I don’t know a whole deal about the nutritional side to bodybuilding, high carb, low carb days, carb cycling, micronutrients, macro nutrients etc. First thing I done was to find a bodybuilding website and see what food was recommended then made it fit into my schedule.
My workout routine is typically 4 days per week. I like the push/pull split so I do
Workout 1 - Back & Biceps inc Traps
Workout 2 - Chest & Shoulders inc Abs
Workout 3 -Legs
Workout 4 - Isolation for Arms, Traps, Abs & calves
I don’t do any Cardio but on my rest days I’ve started throwing a few ab routines in for 20 minutes after work.
I was at Bodypower Expo the weekend and sat in on a talk by Jim Stoppani on his program Shortcut to Size which he says has had great results so I’m going to start this program from today for 12 weeks.
I hope this answers everything for you guys.