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Unread 03-15-2010, 04:47 PM
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Default Face Bloat

I'm six weeks into a conservative bulk - my 3rd or 4th real weight gain phase in my training career. And my face, as usual, is starting to look fat. It's unflattering, to say the least.

I've read similar complaints about face bloat on the forum. I also expect it to happen, to an extent.

All that said, is there a way to minimize "face fatness"?
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Unread 03-15-2010, 06:02 PM
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I think "face fatness" goes along as your body fat goes higher. Look around you, lean people often have thin faces, at the same time you will never see a guy with fudgy face with ripped abs. Or body is smart at distributing body fat however it sometimes goes to the worst places we least expected (face, love handles, belly fat for most men, hip and thighs for most women, etc) an ideal fat distribution patterning would be I think in calves, forearms, shoulders but only few people has this fat patterning
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Unread 03-16-2010, 02:52 PM
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i have the same problem if im not around or below 11% my face looks so puffed up .
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i have the same problem if im not around or below 11% my face looks so puffed up .
It depends on your genetic fat distribution patterning. Look at Gerard Butler, he is well-ripped in 300 yet he has thin face then compare his face in Gamer movie, he is bigger but has higher body fat. In my experience, over sleeping could be a factor also, if I sleep like more than 10 hrs straight, my face looks fuller but only temporarily. It could also be water retention due to sodium, creatine but those were just temporary effect. Higher body fat % is still the huge factor
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Unread 03-16-2010, 03:26 PM
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I'd say it has to do with the body fat, if it makes you self-concious just be a little more careful in your excess during the bulk and monitor it more closely.
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Any chance that water is retaining there easier?

I got sick on a business trip and when I got off the airplane I'm told I looked like my face was going to explode like in Total Recall.
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IF someone is overtraining while bulking, cortisol can cause face bloat (e.g. what happens in Cushings syndrome).

more likely, just fat.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 12:58 AM
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Any chance that water is retaining there easier?

I got sick on a business trip and when I got off the airplane I'm told I looked like my face was going to explode like in Total Recall.
Yea, I walk around looking like that most of the time even though I'm not THAT fat. Hey, at least it provides some motivation to cut. You can throw on a sweater to cover up that spare tire but you can't ignore the fat face staring right back at you when you're brushing your teeth everyday.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 01:50 AM
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in my experience there are two main factors.
1.) massive carb consumption
2.) cortisol (overtraining, too little carbs/prot after working out, too much alc, insufficant sleep...)
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Unread 03-17-2010, 04:18 PM
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Mmm I need me some face fat! My face is the first place to go when I diet
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