I’ve always had a relatively fit body as far as I remember. I always enjoyed playing sports and having an active lifestyle. I’ve served 5 years in the army and that helped me stay in shape. But, I’ve always liked eating!
And I mean good food, and lots of it. That didn’t do much to my body until I turned 30 years old! Around that age, I started to develop abdominal fat but I didn’t really notice, until people around me were commenting that I was getting a big belly!
So, I decided to get a fit body again and get rid of my abdominal fat, no matter what it took. That was this year in February. I measured my body fat% and it was around 18%. My weight was 176 pounds. But my frame was slim so most of my fat weight was around my waist and pecs.
So, I did some research and I learned that the workout that burned the most calories was running, so I started running 3 times a week and at the same time I changed my diet, drastically.
I cut all refined/fast sugars and bad fats. I also drank about a gallon of water a day. Within 4 months I had lost 32 pounds of weight and my body fat% went down to 13%. The problem was that I had gotten really skinny. I had gotten skinny arms and legs even though I was doing some weight training during the weight loss.
My height is 5’ 11’’ and right now I have around 14% body fat. I would like to get it down to around 8% because my abs don’t show well yet. But, I don’t want to get skinny in the process.
Instead, I want to build some serious muscle mass. Right now I have 150 pounds and I would like to get at least 10 more pounds of lean mass.
What do you recommend? Could I perform cardio to burn fat on even days of the week and do weights and gain muscle on odd days? Would that work?
Thank you very much for your help.