Hey Tony whats up,
I'm following your posts regularly & cannot appreciate enough for your efforts.
I'm two months into training & lost around 30lbs with around 60 more to go. (6'1/2 down to 259lb from 288)
I have kinda fat arms almost like your earlier self ... No wonders I've never seen ANY veins on them, even the doctors have a hard time finding them if they ever have to draw blood samples. Strangely, I never noticed them even when i was a kid (And i wasn't fat as a kid)
So, what about arm vascularity??
When did you notice vascularity in your arms ... I mean how long into your training did you begin to notice them?
I'll also like to know if you ever checked your bodyfat percentage before you started working out & how much have your dropped on those numbers?
The best way to increase vascularity is by losing body fat and lifting weights. I could never see my veins before i lost weight; in fact i probably had to lose 60 out of 85 lbs in order to see my veins which was a good 4 months. However i was seeing my veins because i had lost bodyfat. It probably took me about 1 year of intense weight training to achieve vascular veins. Now after 2 years of training my veins are very very vascular all over my arms and torso. When you weight train it increases blood flow through your body tremendously and increases the size of the vein. You will notice that your veins are larger while exercising because the heart is pumping blood much more vigorously throughout the body.
Before I began losing weight i was 34% body fat and the lowest bf% i have ever been was around 9-10%. Right now i would estimate myself to be between 11-12% because i am building muscle which simultaneously adds fat. I estimate that by the time I am done “bulking” (deliberately adding muscle to the body while acquiring fat gain) i will be 12-14% bf but then I will “cut” (decreasing body fat while preserving lean muscle mass) and get down between 8-10% bf.
Tony isn't a licensed nutritionist yet, so he can't give anyone advice on what to do. Please consult your doctor for his professional opinion on a diet/nutrition program that will work for you.
Tony's blog is a journal of his experiences and what has worked for him. He lists general guidelines and suggestions only. He is NOT a professional.