I don't think you should drop any weight. You're skinny fat and I would bet even if you dropped more weight, you won't be happy with what you see. You just don't have the base that warrants a cut. No need to go crazy, but eat over maintenance and focus on getting stronger and you'll thank us. Go your route and you'll be off these boards fast and still unhappy with your body.
Last edited by LuNa; 05-29-2009 at 07:38 PM.
EDIT: Thanks for the help
Last edited by Mike S; 05-29-2009 at 07:52 PM.
I agree just hit it in the weight room. Your little bit of fat will not be there long once your squat, OH press, and deadlift numbers start creeping up high.
Unless you're going to run 2-3 steroid cycles a year, you're going to have to live with a little bit of fat while you gain muscle.
Last edited by samadhi_smiles; 05-30-2009 at 08:42 AM.
I agree with everyone. If I were you Id find my maintenance calories and stay there for 6 weeks. It is likely that you will recompose a bit at maintenance since you are a newb to training. You could even do a carb cycle at your maintenance level for a more robust effect. Once you finish recomp then begin a bulk. Many people suggest just starting bulking which is fine, because you will probably lose some fat even on a bulk. Either way get in the gym and do some heavy compound lifts and get your diet in check.
Last edited by ZenMonkey; 05-30-2009 at 11:46 AM.
fats and muscle are two separate things! Try doing cardio and weightlifting on separate days. You can take in more protein on the weightlifting days though.
Thanks guys, I really appreciate the help alot.
I'm working on getting my diet together and freeing crap up so I can get my gym routine going.
I would just clean bulk and lift heavy.
Once your body gets some muscle on it, that fat won't be noticeable at all.
Clean Bulking to 180lb as of May 23.
For someone like this, guys, its going to be very difficult to convince him to straight up go on a dirty bulk. We can assure him that he's skinny as a rod, but this is someone who's probably been a little heavy for most of his life, and he just lost 55 lbs - he's not going to be that ecstatic to start putting weight back on, even if we assure him that most of it will be muscle.
Carb cycling. You can bulk with this too and it will allow you to keep your current bodyfat %, just don't make it too complicated.
you'll see strength results immediately. remember this, check your ego at the door (don't try to do heavy weights immediately, keep your form proper), everybody starts with low weights. if you keep proper form and lift, you'll be surprised how fast you gain strength. another thing, even if you don't see your body grow, if you're strength is going up, you're getting bigger!
Yea, I use carb cycle broadly. I think calorie cycling is probably the term I meant.
Last edited by ZenMonkey; 05-30-2009 at 04:11 PM.
Last edited by Mike S; 05-30-2009 at 05:18 PM.
Just cuz I'm a teacher, don't mean I'm a pussy.
Currently wrapping up The Eternal Cut.
Good god Mike eat something. You definately need a bulking phase. Find good liftin partners and pound the s hit out of compond movements. Im too lazy to read all the posts, but im sure you got some good advise. Just my 1 cent
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Eat clean (grilled chicken breasts, tuna, flank steak, lean ground turkey, brown rice, yams, low fat cottage cheese, etc) and drink tons of water (at least a gallon a day). Go gonzo in the weight room and do a bit of cardio at least 3-4 days a week. You will add lean mass and transform your body. Don't cut just yet and for crying out loud don't do a traditional bulk. GL!