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showv3113
07-23-2005, 05:49 AM
ok i don't think i'm gaining that much fat even though my waiste has shot up 2.5 inches and my weight is up 20lbs in the last 3 weeks while clean bulking. 3 weeks ago my bodyfat was roughly 7-8 percent and i've been running tons plus i'm an ecto so i hardly put on fat. but i've been loading up on the dairy everday (1/2 gallon milk, some yogurt, tons of whey, 24oz cottage cheese) and eating many clean but sodium friendly foods.


How to tell if it's bloat or fat????


and isn't eating the dairy and sodium stuff good for bulking. i'm not worried about the bloat now but in a month i'm stopping these foods because of school and i was wondering if i could still successfully bulk with limiting those foods????

skelooth
07-23-2005, 05:53 AM
imo you can't tell ... people say "oh don't worry it's just water" but water retention looks even WORSE than fat, imo.... cos it's more jiggley.

No0b
07-23-2005, 06:04 AM
Well one way to tell is by the color of your urine. It'll be clear if you're drinking enough and flushing everything out, if you're retaining it'll be on the yellow side or dark side. If you think you're drinking more than what's coming out.. bloated.

Agree with Skeeloth.. It's more gross and "jiggly" looking.

You get more of a complete round look.. think of filling up a water balloon. You kind of feel like that too. Fat just kind of sits there..Your whole stomch won't blow up because of a pound of fat.

Dairy tends to bloat people up.. so it probably is water.

showv3113
07-23-2005, 06:12 AM
cool thanks for the replys. i was hoping it was bloating. it's like my stomach wants to pop out and i can't put on my shoes or run anymore with stomach pain. alot of fat people run so i guess it's bloat.

how long would it take to get rid of the bloat???? if i cut out dairy and alot of sodium would it go away in a few days or something?

saw14
07-23-2005, 07:19 AM
20lbs in 3 weeks? how quickly did you jump your cals?

showv3113
07-23-2005, 07:32 AM
alot from 2750 to 4500-5000. i just can't stop eating but it's 100 percent clean. i'm always hungry and eat every 60 minutes so if it's clean i guess i'm just building more muscle.

Robbyrh10
07-23-2005, 09:38 AM
imo you can't tell ... people say "oh don't worry it's just water" but water retention looks even WORSE than fat, imo.... cos it's more jiggley.

I totally agree. Water retention is just nasty lookin'. I cant stand how much i change after a huuuge cheat, but its worth it:)

luke77
07-23-2005, 10:01 AM
If you've gained 20 lbs in 3 weeks, chances are that nearly all of it is water and not fat. Having said that though, if you upped your calories by 2000 a day chances are you will gain some fat...although maybe not if you have good genetics or whatever.

No0b
07-23-2005, 10:43 AM
cool thanks for the replys. i was hoping it was bloating. it's like my stomach wants to pop out and i can't put on my shoes or run anymore with stomach pain. alot of fat people run so i guess it's bloat.

how long would it take to get rid of the bloat???? if i cut out dairy and alot of sodium would it go away in a few days or something?

Yeah..water actually moves too and like swishes around in you. So that's why it could hurt when you run. It's gross.

Also, I've gained around 15lbs from water before in a month. So it is possible to gain that much.

You can lose a lot of it in a few days. For that amount though it might take around 1-2 weeks. Sweating it out is the fastest and easiest. If it's hot and humid where you live, try just walking outside in it wearing sweats. Running usually doesn't work as good.. I forgot why that is.

Other people say to drink water to lose water.. but when you're that bloated..any more water will make you want to puke and your stomach will pop out more. If you don't regurally drink enough water, then only drink enough to stay hydrated if you're going to try sweating.

If you know of anything that makes you piss a lot..that will help. Caffine could if you normally don't use it. Lemons are a natural diuretic. Cut out carbs too if you're eating things like bread or rice. Oats are fine.

saw14
07-23-2005, 11:03 AM
alot from 2750 to 4500-5000. i just can't stop eating but it's 100 percent clean. i'm always hungry and eat every 60 minutes so if it's clean i guess i'm just building more muscle.
thats such a drastic jump in cals that your body couldnt handle it, thus you feel bloated.

showv3113
07-23-2005, 11:52 AM
well actually i'm up to 201lbs today from 175lb 3 weeks ago when i finished cutting so that's a 26lb increase. the problem is i can't stop eating...
i thought the 1st week when i was eating over 5000cals a day it was just my body recovering from the cut but now i don't know what to do because i know my body's recovered but i'm still eating like crazy and gaining 1.5lbs a day with running. what to do?

trem0lo
07-23-2005, 03:09 PM
A good way to lose your bloat (but not recommended, hehe) is to binge drink. Alchohol is a diuretic. During my college days I used to feel super skinny around my stomach (where I bloat the most) when I was really drunk. Granted, this was after I pissed about 6 times in a row :)

sushi mama
07-23-2005, 03:11 PM
A good way to lose your bloat (but not recommended, hehe) is to binge drink. Alchohol is a diuretic. During my college days I used to feel super skinny around my stomach (where I bloat the most) when I was really drunk. Granted, this was after I pissed about 6 times in a row :)

hey, i never thought of it that way. I always wondered why my bloat went down throughout the night after a big night of drinking. I guess it was from me pissing after every few beers. heh.. good point here