Just officially joined this site after poking around the last week or so, reading over a lot of the beginner stickies.
I joined primarily to get advice on my current situation. I am 24 years old, and during my college years went from just being plain tall and skinny (6'5" 175lbs - Sept. 2005) to being plain tall and skinny fat (240lbs - May 2009, most of the weight gain going to my waistline).
Since May 2009, I have been better about eating and exercise, however extremely inconsistent. While I was at one point back down to 195lbs, with a 39" waist a year or so ago, I have struggled with my weight and am now back to 220lbs with a 44" waist.
Even before gaining all of the weight in college, I was never very strong for my size. Over the past few years, I have been lifting weights on and off, but never really making any progress. I am overall more active, playing deck hockey a couple times a week, as well as occasional other cardio.
Enough with the above though, I suppose what I am really looking for here is any advice on what would work best for losing the gut. I am tired of going through the same old start/stop/fail cycle on my own, my weight is really starting to bother me.
That being said, what kind of weight training programs would some of you recommend to help me out? I realize it is best to pick one goal (fat loss/muscle gain) and stick with it. I do not feel comfortable trying to add muscle until I get the bf% under control.
I have tried (and liked) 5x5 beginner strength programs, however squatting 3x a week tends to be too much for my quest to lose weight (very poor recovery). I was thinking about trying something such as Lyle's General Bulk Routine, so that I would only be hitting the legs 3 times every 2 weeks, and still be able to balance jogging/hockey in on the off days.
Sorry for the long post, I tend to ramble when it gets late. To summarize, extremely skinny fat individual looking to change for the better, and tired of trying to do it alone. Any and all advice is welcome, I look forward to seeing what you guys have to say.
If it is any help, my stats are:
Age: 24 Height: 6'5" Weight: 220lbs Waist (at navel): 44"
Lifting stats (1rm): Barbell Bench Press: 165lbs Barbell Squat: 145lbs Barbell Dead Lift: 185lbs