A member of bodybuilding.com under the name of FunnyWeasel has recently presented his bulking ‘progress’. He went from 185 lbs – 83 kg to 273 lbs – 124 kg. During the bulk the bodybuilder/powerlifer relied on: “hamburgers, chicken patty sandwiches, taco beef, chicken nuggets, fish filet, chicken breasts, popcorn chicken, cheese pizza, pancakes, french toast, eggs, and low calorie gatorade grape drink” to get this big.
Here’s how FunnyWeasel looked before his bulk:
As you can see FunnyWeasel started his bulk at about 15-18% body fat. That’s already a little high for a bodybuilder to begin with.
After following his high calorie diet for some time FunnyWeasel achieved the following physique:
Conclusion: Dirty bulking has once again proven to be an ineffective way to gain muscle mass. Most of the gains are body fat. The above individual will need about 10 months to get to 10% body fat and even more to reach bodybuilding levels of leanness (this may not be required).
His mid-section will never look the same even after the cut because of possible loose skin. Not to mention that such shifts in bodyweight are very dangerous to the heart.
His new weight most likely came with strength increase but that’s to be expected. Everybody can bench press more weight after a 100 lbs weight gain.
Unless you are taking a lot of illegal drugs you will most certainly end up looking similar after a dirty bulking phase.
Note: Fat cells never go away. When you lose weight they shrink and as consequence you look slimmer but the fat cells are still there. That’s why many fat people have easier time getting back to the same level of fatness after a period of dieting. Just like there’s muscle memory, there’s also fat memory.
Avoiding dirty bulking will save you time, frustration and a lot of money for food that can be invested in something else.