Congrats on taking the incentive to do something about the way you look! I started in your shoes about a year ago(my pic is 15months of clean eating and 6months of lifting). Don’t worry you won’t get a bodybuilders physique. It requires waaaay more time/effort than you can spend in a year.
You didn’t say what your diet is but I’m guessing it’s like everyone else’s outside of T-Nation. Cut out the processed junk and empty calories. The T-dawg diet article might be a good read for you. My diet consists of almost 100% unprocessed foods. Everything is either fresh or frozen fresh in the case of meats with nothing else added. I would also suggest eating a big breakfast and eating 6-8 times a day.
If your going to be restricting calories I’d think you would want to do the money exercises and make sure to go heavy. This should help you not loose too much lean muscle mass while deiting. Wish I would have known that when I started!
For cardio/weights you might want to read the complexes for fat loss article. It has been the start of my routines for quite awhile now and it does amazing things to your body. If you aren’t confident in your body yet go a little lighter with 8 reps instead of 5 and concentrate on your form while working your rest intervals down. If you can handle it for 8 weeks I garantee results if you follow the program! It’s worked wonders for me.
Oh and use the search button. There is more information on T-Nation that you could wade through in a year. I’m still new to the iron game but I’m sure if something in here is off one of the old guys will straighten it out.
Hope that points you in the right direction.
Thank you for your reply, impressive pic on your avatar, I know getting a bodybuilder physique is hard:P But what I meant was it’s not my goal to look like that, I don’t mind my body much except for my man boobs, they are a pain in the ass, I just want to get stronger and lose some of this fat, my diet is quite yoy yo, sometimes I eat very healthy, Unprocessed home cooked etc, but I’m an International Relations STudent at UNi, and my lectures and seminars don’t give me a lot of time, to cook,
Im planning on getting one of those lean grilling machines, for chicken breasts steaks and stuff, my form on techiques are fine, I have friends in powerlifting, quite oldschool, but they also have quite a lot of fat on them! Ive searched a lot of stuff, I was thinking of trying the tabatha mthod plus some HIIT for fat burning maybe once or twice a week including my 3 lifting sessions at the gym, I also plan to get back into my muay thai! But its quite hard to keep up with doms, and trying to do muay thai!
Thanks to everyone for the replies!