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DesktopWeb FormText   brawn : previous bulking problemsWed, 11 Mar 2009 02:55:07 GMT # 

started too fat - started at about 15 or 16% last time. above 12 or 14%, you'll likely gain more fat than muscle. starting at lower bodyfat percentages, i have a better chance of gaining more muscle vs fat. at that time, i should have done a maintenance month instead.

did not slowly add calories - by going from a 500 caloric reduction to a 500 surplus, my body could not keep up, so it switched to storing fat.

too much protein - at that time, my percentages were 20% fat, 40% protein, 40% carbs. so i would get more than 1.5x of protein grams per bodyweight in lbs. thats more protein than i needed.

not enough carbs - needed the extra carbs for energy and recovery.

too much sugar - from fruits, dairy, and a sugary post workout drink. going to cut out the sugar substitute products too.

didnt train heavy enough - tried lifting 10-12 reps when i had more calories. instead i should have been lifting 5-8 reps, and saved the higher reps when on a caloric deficit.

way too much sodium - was probably getting about 7.5 grams, or 3x what i need.

not enough water - was getting too much caffeine at the time, and that was dehydrating me.