I've been on T-Nation for a few years now and decided to finally create a profile
In no way am I any kind of expert but I've learned a lot over the last 3 or 4 years from reading T-Nation articles and posts in various forums. If I had to credit any one particular coach I'd prob say I have come to enjoy Chad Waterburys theories the most. For now anyways
Here's a little bit about myself. I started lifting in my basement around 16yrs old weighing in around 110lbs I think. With 3yrs of lifting and reading Flex religiously I grew to a whopping 142lbs, lol. Of course I grew a few inches and this growth took place during puberty so my gains were next to nothing, lol
Following some very bad advise I did a 6 week cycle and packed on a whopping 6lbs which I lost very rapidly after coming off. Flame away! It was stupid beyond stupid. I'm pretty sure that messed up my natural testosterone levels
Fast forward to becoming an adult I stood 5' 10" and 142lbs. Never fluctuating a single pound. Now I always worked out my whole life but it was more on / off than anything else
That's me at 25yrs old. 142lbs
Anyways, about 5yrs ago something in me changed. For the 1st time I actually gained some weight. I put on roughly 25lbs in less than 6months. It might've been the 2 cases of beer each week but I can't be sure
I stayed pretty much around 170ish pounds semi lean (surprisingly considering) until 3yrs ago
I dropped alcohol (not entirely but not excessive at all. At one point I would go months without touching a drop)
I always knew my T levels were messed up. Slight depression, mood swings, low libido...
I decided I was going to get my hormones in check. I started TRT and fixed my crappy Thyroid. I felt like a completely different person. My confidence jumped, I was (and still am) NEVER moody, sex is better (it'd be even better if I had someone to have sex with but one thing at a time, lol)..
From here I decided I wanted to make changes and to start hitting the gym again. Thank god I didn't grab any trash Flex magazines while out grocery shopping and found T-Nation; seriously!
The last few years I made crappy gains. Pathetic, I know but I was actually still learning. It didn't help that I quite the gym for an entire 10 months straight. No excuses guys, my brother killed himself and I was fired from a good paying job. I'm a single dad with 2 girls and a mortgage to pay. Gym was the last thing on my mind
NOT looking for sympathy, lol. Just part of my journey
Anyways, I got all my shit in order. I'm in the early stages of building a business but I am able to get my meals in and I make my workouts a priority
Starting back in January I've done really good. I've added 14lbs of scale weight
I'm most proud of my legs. I've added 1-1/4"
This is where you guys come in. I estimate my BF to be in the 25% range. I'm not happy with that at all but not sure I have enough mass to do a cut
I've always typically done a low carb / high protein diet (chicken, steak, eggs and milk). I decided I was going to slowly add carbs to my diet as my calories were below my estimated maintenance. Somehow slow went from adding 150grams of carbs to see how I respond to 400grams because I started to feel amazing
Hey, I'm really just learning. Lol
I am a little conflicted on what to do. I could cut carbs to as little as 150grams and consume those mostly around my workouts and follow the rest of my day higher protein and healthy fats OR stay around 400grams of carbs for another few weeks to see how I keep gaining
I am legit concerned I am gaining too much fat to muscle but on the flip side happy to be making gains.
All opinons welcome. I'm sure I can't follow everyone's advise but I will listen to each and everyone