Right now I’m 5’10, 178lbs, probably about 15-18% bodyfat(can’t see abs without flexing). In my most recent workouts I hit these, just to give an idea: squat 195x8, t-bar row 90x10, db incline press 70x5. A long way to go, I know.
I’ve pretty much been in ketosis the last 3 months or so. That with basic full body workouts has got me down to 178lbs from 200+. My original goal was to be able to see my abs, preferably without being a scrawny fuck. Problem is, right now I don’t really see the point. I still have a ton of bodyfat to lose, and by that point I don’t think I’ll have much in the way of muscle mass, as I don’t have much now.
I don’t really know how to proceed. I still want to lose the fat, but I’d rather gain muscle at this point. From all I’ve read, building up a good base is the hard part, while fat loss can be attained relatively easily. But after 3 months of ketosis(got to where I was only eating one meal a day) and not enough training(one or two full body workouts a week), I feel like my metabolism sucks and my body doesn’t want to burn fat or build muscle.
I feel like the full body workouts have been great to “break in”, but I’ve switched to a 4 day bodybuilding split to better meet my goals(day 1: chest/triceps, day 2: back, day 3: off, day 4: legs, day 5: shoulders biceps, repeat when feeling recovered). From what I’ve read here, there’s nothing wrong with going right at a split if you have exercise form down(I do). Is this true? Are there any drawbacks to going straight into a bodybuilding split from here?
Second, I don’t know what the hell to do about my diet. I know I need to get my metabolism going again, and I need to get way more protein, but I’m terrified of gaining anymore fat. A pound or two I could live with, if it means I’m gaining plenty more muscle. But I don’t want to go back to a 200lb fatass. If I hit that weight I want to look jacked. I still really want to see my abs too, but if that means wasting away to 150lbs, whats the point of that? So I guess I should do a slow, clean bulk. From what I’ve read here, I should: eat 4-6 meals a day, high protein. Is this correct?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!