some background info, i am 16 years old and i have been lifting seriously for about 8 months and cutting down from 195 pounds at 5'7". I am now at 153. I feel like i'll just end up looking scrawny if i keep cutting because i dont have a large base to cut down to. i still have bothersome fat on the bottom of my chest that hasn't improved much that's the only thing that really bothers me, i'm happy with everything else pretty much.
what i want to know is, if i bulk, will i look better and bigger and have the mass i build on my chest overshadow the fat, or do i have too much bodyfat and i'll just end up looking fat again?
x2. Especially based on the comparison pics in your avatar, you have lost a decent amount of fat in the man boob region, and everywhere else.
Congrats on the weight loss, but I wouldn't expect that level/speed of progress to continue much longer. Have you just been lifting, or have you been doing cardio and cutting back on food too?
If you build muscle, you'll look better and bigger. Like JLo said, don't think about "bulking". Think about lifting 3-5 days a week, every week for the next 6 months; while eating 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, with protein, carbs, and healthy fats in each meal.
If I was you I would just eat big and lift heavy. I am about 200 lbs at 6' 2". (I am 17) I am hardly considered fat and I weigh quite a bit more then you. Scratch the exercise routine you are doing and get on a decent strength program. I dont care if you are trying to get strong as fuck or jacked, you need a good strength foundation. I am on 5/3/1 and LOVE IT. Very easy and simple, with great results. Good job on the weight loss though, 195 at 5'7" is too much. Just get on a sensible program and eat a lot.
I have been lifting, i bike to the gym and each time i go it's 10 miles total, and i live in a hilly area. that's my cardio, and i have been counting calories and eating between 1600 and 1800 a day which is a deficit of about 500
also, im confused about something. not trolling, just confused. you guys are telling me not to think about "bulking" but how is my body going to be able to produce mass without a caloric surplus? I'm pretty sure any noob gains are done
The way it was said to you was improper. What should have been said was do not think about bulking in the sense most uneducated people would. You need a calorie surplus especially with 20ish miles to train. You going to need quite a big calorie surplus. What he was trying to say was don't go stupid and just eat what ever, when ever, or how ever.
Eat good clean food and lots of it. Lots of Steak, Eggs, Milk, Oats and Potatoes. You dont need any fancy weight gainers or protein powders really at this point...how ever with the amount of calories you expending in a day you may have no choice. Hope that made it little bit clearer for you.
That's a lot of cardio and pretty little calories. If you want to build muscle, one or both of those will need to change. I'm guessing you're stuck biking to the gym, so you've got to make sure you eat before training, have a shake when lifting, and eat not too long after.
Maybe I worded it vaguely, but I didn't think so. Instead of thinking "I'm bulking now, then I'll cut later, then bulk some more after that", you need to focus on basic building to get a foundation in place. I guess, technically, it could be called "a bulking phase", but like Reed said, bulking usually implies a see-food diet where you eat till you're beyond full at every meal and often end up adding way too much bodyfat.
Focusing on eating basic "good food" 3 times a day, 7 days a week (inconsistency is a progress-killer). Don't stress out over having fast food or "junk" once in a while, as long as you train hard. You shouldn't be eating like a pre-contest bodybuilder with egg whites and broccoli, but you shouldn't be eating like a powerlifter with three sausage McMuffins every morning.
They're not. They're totally not. Eat well and lift hard, and you should soak up size and strength like a sponge. If I could time travel back to any age and start lifting smart and eating right, it'd probably be high school. Make the most of it.