For those who don't know, skinny-fat means I'm thin, but I still have a lot of body fat on (5'7, 70 kg with body fat being about 17-25%). My goals are getting 'bigger', while dropping most of this fat and having my abs show up. Most people say that you should either focus on gaining muscle or losing fat at one time, so what should I do first. Should I:
1) Bulk up first, and gain 30-40 lbs of body weight with the majority hopefully being muscle, and then start cutting down.- This might make me gain more body fat, but its is my prefered choice.
2) Cut down first, and get my body fat % from where it is (around 17-23%, I think) to 7-9% and then bulking up, hopefully retaining the low bf % and gaining mostly muscle. (But this will make me look even more skinny than I already am for at least a few weeks).
If both approaches give the same results, I would choose to bulk up first, but I want to know which one would get me to the end goal faster and be better in the long run. Any ideas?