Hello all, my first post. Will try to make long story short, I used to lift ... had back problems (scoliosis) and stopped ... 2 years at a chiropractor to fix me up, and then a few years later I quit smoking ... got fat. I don't like fat.
Began to diet and exercise again (that was a year ago) ... lost 65 pounds, down to 170. Then started lifting - I regret that I didn't lose more fat first. I've gained some muscle and shape, but I just can't get rid of that last inch or so around the belly so my abs will show.
And so, the big question ... how can I lose weight and gain muscle at the same time??? I'm pretty sure my diet is the problem, and I am hoping some kind folks here can look over it and pin point the biggest problems so I know where to start and can gradually fix all the problems. Here goes...
2-3 Morning Star Farms "breakfast strips"
Sometimes on wheat toast with low-fat cheese
Chicken, broiled in water with BBQ sauce
Bush's Vegetarian Beans or rice
1 Serving stove-top stuffing
Peanut Butter Jelly Sandwich with double (triple?) serving peanut butter and 1/2 serving jelly
I also eat 2-3 Protein Bars throughout the day. I drink decaf iced tea, yoo-hoo, and water. I allow one cheat day, and will change up lunch once a week with either a boca-burger or salmon.
I try to drink protein shakes, but I have difficultly stomaching them ... I seem to drink them in phases, a week I will drink them the next week I won't. I've tried 3 brands, thinking I need a new flavor or something.
Exercise: I have a home gym, I was working out 3 times a week ... been under the impression two days of rest would be better so now I am working out every 3rd day, mostly work the arms shoulders and chest.
I also ride a bike. I was riding a bike 2 miles a day over the summer, now I ride 6 miles once or twice a week as the weather allows.
Ok, so I hope that is enough information that hopefully someone can advise me. I can pinch at least an inch and half around my waist and I want that gone, that is my goal.
Don't get me wrong, I've enjoyed a lot of progress and am very pleased with the results I've achieved so far ... for a 38 year old man, I think I look pretty good. I feel like my progress has slowed down lately and I'm hoping I can figure out how to get back on the fast track.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this,