I have bulked up and dieted down so many times that I have literally gained and lost hundreds of pounds over the course of my time in training.
I just want to share my experience with loosing fat in hopes it may aid someone who may be experiencing similar issues and inspire them to stick with it.
First lets look at the below quote:
” I also learned that if you aren’t lean to start with (above 13 percent body fat) it’s hard to tell the visual difference if you increase that by 5-6 percent body fat. There’s a range of body fat that appears about the same. If you hover between 14-20 percent body fat you aren’t lean enough to be defined, nor are you fat enough to look like crap. You can very well add 10-15 pounds of fat and THINK you’re gaining muscle.” The above quote comes from Christian Thibaudeau (Canadian bodybuilder and coach)
That has been exactly my own experience….. I would start looking bigger , gaining weight and actually I was storing more fat all over my body ( I seem to add weight proportionately all over, more so to the upper body than the legs though). So it would seem that I was not gaining that much fat as my visual inspection showed not much increase in the “love handle” area or lower pecs where I genetically start to gain fat first, but it was going to other places such as the arms, and especially the back. When I would diet down, It was frustrating because I would not see much change in the areas that mattered most..my lower chest and love handle area…. this was due to the fact the fat goes off just as it goes on….. so I had to lose the fat from my arms, back, glutes, legs, before seeing much change in my “problem areas” .
You must be patient and accept that it takes time to lose fat. If you try to rush it by dieting too hard and by doing too much cardio you will lose muscle in addition to fat and also reduce your metabolic rate which will slow down your fat loss and leave you with less muscle and more fat than you would like at your lower bodyweight.
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