I would say that the first thing you got to do is to evaluate your body composition according to your body and not falling into “i m a skinny fat ectomorph” general thing.
Some questions :
- How heavy is your skeleton ?
- Do you have broad hips / thin shoulders ? thin waist, thin shoulders ? thin waist, broader shoulders ?
- How much fat do you have ?
- How much muscle do you have ?
- When did the fat appears ?
Most skinny-fat are skinny people with thin build, some have heavier bones, etc… Often, they started to get fat when working in an office and having a car, low physical activity etc ?
I would say your first goal would be to change the body composition. You probably lack muscle and have a lot of fats and gained more easily fat because you did not move a lot etc…
Changing body composition is quite easy in some weeks of intense physical activity (i mean unusual physical activity), a good diet rich in protein.
Regarding training, SS is a good start however it can be unrewarding for skinnier people. Like said above, a good BB routine with focus on the main lifts (bp, ohp, squat, deadlift, pullups, pulldowns, rows) is a good start but remember this : the muscle builders are the ful boyd lifts.
For your goals… Looking good naked means nothing. It depends on the eye. For most girls, being reasonably lean with some muscle, but not too much, means good look. For BBers, having lots of muscle volume and definition is required. Strength trainees will focus on being big, etc…
You won’t get a powerlifter physique without years of powerlifting… You won’t get big if you don’t eat a lot.
First, finish your SS cycle. You should gain some lean mass by muscle hydratation. Then start focusing on what you want first. The usual routine is to bulk and then cut, however more recent approach is to first get leaner (so that means don’t eat too much cals).
WHy ? Because losing fat is rewarding, then adding muscle is more visible.
Set realistic goals. Like “I want to weigh 10 lbs more”. “I want to lose 3% BF”. “I want to gain some inchs on my chest”, etc…
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Hey, thanks for all the advice.
I’m not sure how to answer some of these body composition. I have no idea how heavy my skeleton is. Any way to check? My body fat percentage is shown different through different methods. The tape measurement formula (waist, neck measurement) shows 19%, while callipers show 11% (obviously too low and impossible). I have no idea what my actual bf is. Any estimate from the pictures?
I had a flat stomach till around 4 years back, and then I stopped playing sports.
I think cutting down fat now will make me too lean with very low muscle mass. Going the other way may just increase waist size. Sigh! Dilemma!