Selling lies and flimflam to natural bodybuilders and naïve teenagers looking to get big has been a popular money making investment for many fitness gurus. A lot of deception resides in the false idea that bulking a.k.a. force-feeding yourself leads to larger muscles.
The bulking method reckons on the illusion that bodybuilders from the Golden Era, as well as the ones of today, eat enormous amount of food in order to become extremely muscular. Of course, everybody strategically omits the fact that those people are using grams of anabolic steroids and have a ton of muscle, which increases their metabolism significantly. Not to mention that many of the modern IFBB pros and fitness models also rely on T3, DNP, GH and other dangerous substances to lose body fat.
Consequently, when a natural person tries the same approach the result is a delusional fatso who is permanently “just 10 lbs. away from having abs”. The reality, however, is that probably 40 lbs. or more have to be lost for a six-pack of abs to show. Here are some basic facts that many permabulkers and fat makers need to hear badly.
FACT 1: FAT IS NOT MUSCLE
This should be obvious to most, but the increasing number of delusional followers of popular bulking diets tend to say otherwise. Many people who are 25% BF still believe that it’s all muscle, and they are just a few pounds away from leanness.
Those individuals look quite big during the winter when everything hides in clothing and the 40-inch gut is still a secret to the unaware. The clothes feel tight and often the poor fellas are even starting to see striations all over their bodies, which leads them to the wrong conclusion that incredible muscular growth is taking place.
They suck their guts in and flex in front of the bathroom mirror, while of course hating on people who post pictures of themselves in similar state, and start talking to themselves: “Damn. I am getting massive.”
Eventually as a permabulker you reach the moment when you just cannot get into your pants after developing a big gut and butt looking like implants. For many, however, this is not the end. They think: “It’s all thanks to the squat,” and just buy new jeans.
Sooner or later, the moment of truth comes and people have no choice but to admit the obvious: most of their bulking efforts are nothing but fat gains.
FACT 2: YOU ARE A LOT FATTER THAN YOU THINK
Just because you can see something resembling your first 2 abs, under favorable lighting conditions and after water depletion, does not mean that you are not fat. Many people are 22% BF while thinking they are 15% or something. When they try to diet down the loss of weight starts to scare them. Sometimes you have to lose 30-40 lbs to get down from 20% BF to something acceptable. Similar change hurts the brains of the brainwashed permabulkers.
A good example have always been the fat wannabe powerlifters on the Starting Strength forum. A lot of them are simply victims to defective information, which has made them believe that they can weigh as much as professional strength athletes. As a result they try to bulk to numbers over 200 lbs. because “any man under 200 lbs. is not a man”. This is when the dream begins.
“Maybe I can break the powerlifting records naturally,” said Johnny while looking at the scale. The number was satisfying – 225 lbs. That put a smile on little J’s face because his permabulking coach once said to him that to become a completive powerlifter you need to “fill out your levers”. The golden rule was 7 lbs. per inch of height.
Of course, the permabulking coach completely forgot to tell Johnny that all professional powerlifters are using anabolic steroids and the only natural records happen in the minds of the delusional fatsos.
FACT 3: LIFTING HEAVY DOES NOT BURN MANY CALORIES
Many people believe that lifting for an hour burns enormous amount of calories and allows you to stuff yourself with pizza, pancakes, hot-dogs, cakes, cheeseburgers, coke…etc. This is not the case. A heavy lifting session does not burn more than 400-600 calories depending on how heavy you are to begin with. For many even those numbers are optimistic.
This means that eating 80 grams of peanuts or a candy bar negate the caloric deficit after a hard workout with weights. You can lift all the weights in the world, but if you are eating garbage, you are still going to be a fatso no matter what.
FACT 4: NOBODY CARES ABOUT YOUR “STRENGTH”
One of the main reasons people cannot see how fat they are getting is the fear of losing their precious strength numbers.
Look, nobody really cares whether your squat is 315 lbs. or 225 lbs. You are still not breaking records anyway. You are just slaving to some random numbers made up by someone. Who is stronger? The fat man that can squat 315 or the ripped version squatting 225? Obviously, the 315 squatter can move heavier weight, but pound for pound the ripped version is more athletic and I would even add happier. Both numbers are lame anyway in the world of powerlifting. With some decent effort, almost anybody can squat 315 or 405 at a weight of 250 lbs. Question is, what’s the point of having trouble tying your shoes to do it?
FACT 5: PEOPLE DOING P90X LOOK BETTER THAN YOU DO
Many people make fun of P90X. I am one of those people too. I think many of the after result can be achieved with just dieting and weightlifting. You do not need the special exercises presented by P90X, which often just put more stress on your joints. However, most P90X followers end up looking much better and more athletic than the permabulkers who consider themselves hardcore just because they deadlift.
FACT 6: THE SQUAT AND THE DEADLIFT DO NOT EQUAL A STEROID SHOT
It is a common misconception that the squat and the deadlift stimulate release of enormous amount of testosterone so that you can “grow like a weed”. Dream on. You can do all the squats and deadlifts in the world. You are still not getting steroid like results. This is a fact. Just look at all the skinny fat martyrs paying homage to the squat and dead. Are they all ripped and muscular? You know very well they are not.
FACT 7: EXCESS FAT DECREASES YOUR TESTOSTERONE
Higher body fat equals higher estrogen and low testosterone. That is a fact.
This is the reason why women look naturally softer than men. When you are 20% BF as a male, you can be certain that you have more estrogen than you need in your body. This is another evidence that stuffing yourself in a pathetic attempt to force-feed your muscles into growth works against your goals.
You can keep doing it, but do not forget to choose the right bra size for your moobs.
FACT 8: FAT DOES NOT COUNT
You can gain all the weight you want. When it is all fat, it does not count and there is absolutely no point. When was the last time you heard someone saying: I really like the gut of this guy?
You can weigh as much as Arnold. It does not matter when you are 35% BF. It is time to grow up. Feeling happy that you weigh as much as an action hero from your childhood will not help you much. It is delusional thinking. Remember: you cannot flex fat.
FACT 9: YOU CANNOT RUN FROM REALITY.
Burying our heads in the sand does not help much. I know that you want to be muscular and all that, but as a natural there is only so much you can do. I have done all of this mistakes myself. The first time I bulked up, I gained 22 kg. or 48 lbs. in three months.
You can imagine that most of it was pure fat. My waist got up to 38 inches plus and I still did not have a lot of muscle on me. To make matter worse I did not eat a lot of junk food during my bulk. The fun part is that during that period of time I failed to see what I was doing to myself, although other people were noticing and shaking their heads in disbelief. Did I increase my lifts? Of course, but when you have a fat gut that jiggles around makes all of that pointless. In brief, I paid a lot of money for food to get fat and look stupid.
At one point, reality hit me. I lost about 10 lbs. after stopping the force-feeding fiasco. After that, I lost another 10 lbs. with walking in the morning. Then I lost 10 lbs. more by just dieting very hard on super low calories. Finally, I end up losing all the weight that I have gained during the bulk. I got back down to where I was in the beginning. However, I did look more muscular than before which means that some muscle was actually acquired. Anyway, something tells me gaining 35 lbs. of fat was not worth it.
FACT 10: NUMBER ONE REASON FOR THE EXISTENCE OF FAT PEOPLE IS EATING TOO MUCH
The main reason why people become fat is that we eat more food than we need most of which is bad and contains empty calories. It is that simple. There are no secrets here. You can do all the cardio you want. You are still going to be fat on a 6, 000 calories diet. Let that high calorie nonsense to people like Michael Phelps.
There are hundreds of dieting plans out there, but they all have one working mechanism – caloric deficit. You may need some fancy maneuvers to get from 8% BF to something like 4%, but most people do not ever need to go so low, and you can reach 8-10% BF with just calorie restriction. Cardio is welcome but comes secondary. Always.