Are you sure you’re counting calories right? Is your scale broken? Have you been tested for hormone problems; hypothyroid, low T, etc?
It’s hard to believe you weigh 158 in those pictures.[/quote]
Before I left for school, I did a blood test and it said i have low test. I will be seeing an endo once I get home, it is hard to do right now because I am in medical school.
Don’t take this to hard but you don’t look like you have ever been inside a gym let alone been training productively for 3 years. Not even close. You need to put some muscle mass on yout. You could lose another 15lbs and still wouldn’t have ANYTHING to show for it at all… Hell honestly you would just look sick like in a starvation kind of way.
You don’t need to lose any more weight. You need to stop fooling your self into thinking you know what you are doing in the gym or kitchen and listen to people a little further along than you. Just my opinion but if your goal is to weigh less than my girl firend at a taller height just keep on going man. [/quote]
I didn’t think I look “sickly” but I understand what you are trying to get at. I am going to try to eat more and gain some muscle which should help.
IMO, you should focus on pushing yourself in training and dieting. Train compound movements and push harder on that instead of limiting yourself to dumbbell work. The added muscle and increased metabolism will help you lose fat. You won’t have to worry too much about counting calories if you eat a lot of whole foods and cut out the processed foods while pushing strength training and conditioning work.
You said you don’t want to gain weight or get any bigger but I hope you realize that putting on 30 lbs of muscle and losing 20 lbs of fat would result in you looking better. You would lose fat in the areas you want which is mostly your waist and chest. The added muscle is nice because you don’t have to worry about whether you over ate from adding mayo in your 6" sub. Those small details will no longer matter. You’ve been training for 2-3 years and haven’t gotten the results you want. It doesn’t mean you have to go on a big bulk. Just make sure you’re eating enough to recover from the intense training. Go all in and you won’t regret it.
How often are you training now? If I were you I would strength train 3x a week, do some form of conditioning 6x a week and eat good food to put on 30 lbs in 15 weeks and then cut 15 lbs in 15 weeks (or gain 10, lose 5, gain 10, lose 5, gain 10, lose 5). If you’re really set on losing weight first it could be done the other way around but I bet the final result wouldn’t be as good or as easy. It’s much easier to lose 15 lbs with the added muscle.
Edit: I saw your program. Cut out all the extra stuff and stick to a few compound movements that you can really push. Something like Starting Strength or 5x5 where you can focus on the big movements and use some sort of progression. Ultimately the order of weight gain and loss is up to you. You just need to work harder (in the gym and kitchen) and more often to reach your goal. Working hard will eventually become easy when you’re consistent and motivated.[/quote]
Thanks for the advice, I guess I will try to pursue gaining weight. I think mentally I just have to get used to the fact about my body fat, and it will be a long term process. Hopefully getting my test fixed will help out