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Old 09-13-2013, 01:11 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by Renton View Post
Sorry if this has been asked before but I couldn't find a thread on it. So a little background, I'm 30 6-3 and have been lifting regularly for over 3 years. I gained a lot of muscle the first year but since then it seems my weight has stayed steady. Last winter I tried bulking up and I made some gains but I also seemed to gain belly fat and lost having any visible upper abs despite being careful what I ate. Is it common to gain some belly fat when trying to gain muscle at my level? It's frustrating that gains seem to slow down so much after the first year.
Yes, it's common. Food that isn't metabolised for energy is going to be stored (but that's going to be a comparatively small amount) or converted into tissue - which might be regarded as a longer-term storage. Ideally, you want the tissue that its partitioned into to be muscle, but almost inevitably some of it will be partitioned into fat. The proportion that gets partitioned into muscle is going to be determined by many factors, including:

genetics
gender
hormonal status
macronutrient profile
micronutrient profile
extent of calorific excess
level of conditioning
sleep quantity and quality
exposure to stressors
type of exercise undertaken
age
timing of nutrients

Of course, the ideal is to gain pure muscle, but for many it's not that easy.
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