Recently I've become unhappy with how my body looks, and would like to improve it. In the long-term I'm planning on gaining as much muscle as possible, but for now I'm more interested in fat loss. I'm 5"10 and currently weigh around 165 pounds, and although this doesnt make me overweight, I do have a fair amount of fat, particularly around the stomach area (my waist is 36 inches, which apparently puts my body fat level at 22%). My first goal is therefore to get rid of some of this. From reading around, it seems that the general consensus is that losing fat while simultaneously gaining muscle is very difficult. As such, I think my best option is to diet for a month or 2 in order to lose fat, and then start trying to gain muscle properly. I've drawn up a 'diet plan' which I've been following for the last 2 weeks (around 1600 calories a day, 40/40/20 carbs/protein/fat), and have also joined the local gym.
Anyway, to get to the point, I've read that while losing weight some of the weight loss normally includes muscle as well as fat, and the best way to limit the amount of muscle loss is to combine a high protein intake with a good weight training regime. Although I've been doing weights, I've been lifting things fairly randomly (as in, going to the gym, doing a few machines in no real order, and then coming home) rather than following a 'proper' training plan. This is something I'd obviously like to improve; the problem is that I dont really have any clue about what sort of routine I should be following. I'm not currently looking for much muscle gain in the next 2 months (since my calorie intake is too low for this), but I would like to avoid losing muscle mass to the greatest extent possible. What would be the best kind of weight lifting routine to follow? I was considering the WannaBeBig 1 thing, but I don't think that this is going to work particularly well with my eating plan. Does anyone have any advice?