I made the decision to adjust my lifestyle to be healthier and overall more active, as I was veering into obese territory and decided that I wasn't happy with how I was treating my body. I started out at about 104kg (~230lbs) and was quite frankly an inactive tub of lard. I changed up my diet and started out with doing some cardio too, and have since gone down to 87kg(190lbs) and now look like a less offensive tub of lard, but I also feel a lot healthier and happier with my body so I can't complain. After a little research and lurking on the forums here I have decided that I want to start lifting as the next step for a healthier lifestyle and fat loss. I realize that I will now get to enjoy the beginner period, so I am eager to begin and plan to do so tomorrow. I was considering Starting Strength as a starting point, but I felt that I should ask people who actually know what they are talking before jumping the gun. My question is which program(s) would you recommend for me to start out at. I am open to any suggestions and greatly appreciate any insight you all have to offer.
The cardio I was doing was the insanity workout, followed by the first month of insanity max. Just wanted to confirm the notion that it would be ok to drop the HIIT once I actually start lifting, and instead replace that with something like skipping/basketball on days off. As much as I enjoy being more active, I would LOVE to not have to do insanity, at least for a while
And as a last point, I would like to give you an idea of my diet to see if there are any glaring issues. An average day looks something like this:
Breakfast: oats with dried fruits, toasted nuts and seeds, and a half litre of milk OR 3-4 egg omelette/scramble with deli-style turkey/chicken ham
Lunch: wholegrain toast (3-4 medium slices) with parmesan and deli-style turkey/chicken ham
Dinner: Protein of the day (chicken breast, steak, salmon, white fish) with a side of carbs (quinoa, rice, pasta, potatoes) and veg (asparagus, beans, zucchini, salad of the day)
Snacks/inbetweens: fruits (in moderation), and plan to add a protein shake post workout once I start lifting weights
I would say I average around 1800-2200 calories, depending on the day. I was thinking of upping it to about 2500 and observing for a few weeks to see how my body reacts, and was wondering if that sounds like a reasonable place to start.
Sorry for how long the post has gotten, and once again thanks in advance for taking the time to help me out.