Okay so it's simple i started working out/bulking 8-9 weeks ago in that time I've gained around 7kg. i'm happy with my gains and what not but every time i look in the mirror i see a pot belly.....it actually looks like i'm 3-4 months pregnant...... this only happens when i'm relaxed....when i flex it's all fine i can see my abs pretty well.
My diets not the best but it's not bad either. Although my carb intake is slightly high
It's seriously ****/depressing any ideas of what to do?
is it a matter of just doing more cardio?
If you have a pot belly then it will be body fat...
If your body fat is going up too much then just cut back on the daily calorie intake.
There's no need to get overly fat while trying to bulk. You can clean bulk...
double check your posture in the mirror
on a bulk you need about 500kcal surplus, anymore than that and there will be large fat gains, cut down on carbs possibly
make sure your sticking to your lifting properly, giving it 110% in the gym and making progress week on week so you can be sure that more scale weight is mostly lean mass
I seem to have the same problem. I gained 3kg and I'm happy with my muscle gains but the other day a friend noticed that my belly looks fat. When I brace it it looks flat and I can see my abs a bit but when it is relaxed it looks bloated. It doesn't feel like fat but it's more as if it expanded behind the muscles. I've never been fat in my life so it could be fat after all though.
I read somewhere else that a bloated belly could be caused by (in my case moderate) lactose intolerance. I always have my shakes with milk and although I never noticed any big problems apparently it can cause such a pot belly (?). I heard many people have lactose intolerance to some degree, often without really knowing about it. I will try to not drink milk for a week and a lot of water instead to see if it makes a difference.