So I've been reading the various forums on this site for a while, figured I'd finally directly ask a couple of questions rather than keep searching and hoping someone happens to ask from a similar situation.
Anyway, so it takes a calorie surplus to build muscle. Simple enough, right? So the goal is to eat clean - eat a clean deficit, or a clean surplus, and depending on which side of your maintenance number you are at, your body will change accordingly.
I'm 5'9, somewhere around 178 lbs. I'm in week 5 or so of a cutting phase, and have lost about 10 lbs so far. I was at 199, then plateau at 188, and now I'm plateau-ing again at 181-180. I've slowly managed to make it to 178, and am now starting to re-think what I've been doing and adjust according to my goals.
If it's physiologically impossible for me to lose fat, and I'm not happy with how much fat I have in certain areas, clean bulking and adding lean muscle mass wouldn't help me. So I need to cut until the fat I don't like is gone. There is no other way, correct? Everything I've read on this site over the past year or so tells me this is true. When I'm done burning fat, I can work on getting bigger.
So basically, I'm asking what I should do, realistically. I'm not sure how adding muscle would change how I look - I still have fat on my chest that I don't like, at all.
Long term goals - lean torso; begin lean muscle mass bulk after fat loss is sufficient.
What would you do? Continue cutting?