Little Backstory: Back in January I was 6’1 and 210 pounds. From then 'til now I lost 40 pounds through diet/exercise and I’m now hovering around 170 pounds.
Problem: Despite having a consistent weight-lifting routine coupled with cardio throughout the months, I could never keep any decent amount of muscle mass while losing the fat. Also, I still have considerable fat on my stomach and chest while I’m skinny everywhere else.
Honestly, I just don’t know where to go from here. I’ve got a big gut (relative to my entire body) and a flabby chest. I’m one of those guys that looks really skinny with a shirt on, but without my shirt I look bloated. Essentially, I have a really bad case of skinny-fatness.
Right now, I’m doing a full body workout 3x a week using T-Nation’s template. I’m doing cardio on my off-days. All I’ve read everywhere is bulk-bulk-bulk. But man, is that really my best bet? I just feel like getting rid of the fat first then bulking up. I tried bulking for a month (went on a pretty strict diet), but all I saw from result of it was a bigger gut (granted, my workout plan at the time was pretty weak). I’m going insane at this point because it’s been almost a year now since I started getting into shape and I find I’m nowhere near where I wanted to be. Is cutting away the fat first then bulking a bad idea?