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Carbs or protein

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2011/03/15 00:02:24 (permalink)

Carbs or protein

Hi all just started bulking up so have upped my calorie intake is this best done by taking in more protein or more carbs have started raising my carb intake but have noticed my belly appears to be getting bigger is this normal have not done any ab work for a long time so going to start doing it again any advice welcome. Cheers Widdy

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    Re:Carbs or protein 2011/03/15 08:51:10 (permalink)
    Your stomach getting bigger may not be fat might just be bloating from extra'll need to analyse your results over a period of time to see if your gaining fat.

    Ab exercises will not reduce your stomach size. They are a resistance based exercise and therefore use the anaerobic energy system which recruits carbohydrates as its energy source.
    Including some CV in your programme will help reduce body fat levels as cardio is predominently the aerobic system which recruits fat & carbohydrate to burn in the presence of oxygen.

    If you are "bulking" and increasing your calories, it can come from extra protein, carbs, fats and what most people choose - a combination of all three.
    If you want to get specific....write out a typical day then the daily total of macronutrients (protein, carbs, fats) in grams.

    Then you can make sure you're getting enough protein in accordance to your body weight etc.

    A good idea is to post your "typical day" in the same Diet & nutrition forum and your stats, brief training overview and ask for people's opinion on where to adjust.
    The more info you give the more they'll be able to help.

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    Re:Carbs or protein 2011/03/15 09:10:37 (permalink)
    Great advice sarah ^^^ 
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    Re:Carbs or protein 2011/03/15 09:23:31 (permalink)
    As your rate of muscle mass gain is limited, gaining too quickly results in increased rate of fat mass gain, no matter how clean your diet is. Slow down!
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