Hi! I'm new here so I'll give you a quick rundown of my situation.
I'm 21 years old, 120lbs and roughly 20% BF. I started training back in April of this year, so I'm going on my sixth month of training. The routine I've been following has been a four day split that looks like this:
Monday: biceps and shoulders
Thursday: Chest and triceps
After each work out I've been doing 40min of LISS cardio, and 1 day a week I've been doing HIIT cardio.
I just recently switched up my diet to this:
157 g protein
87 g clean carbs
46 g healthy fats
Total calories 1390
Two days a week (on my heaviest lifting days) I do this:
137 g protein
174 g clean carbs
36 g healthy fats
Total calories 1568
My problem is this: As I said i've been training for about 6 months now, and i really dont feel like I LOOK it. I feel like i'm an ectomorph sometimes since i've hardly put on any muscle in the last 6 months but I feel like this fat just wont budge! Possibly a lack of carbs? During these 6 months i've been doing a macro breakdown of roughly 50/30/20, so i'm here's what i'm wondering. Even though my BF is "higher" should I go on a slow bulk to aim on getting more muscle? Or should I continue down this path trying to get around 16-18% BF before trying to bulk? I read somewhere that unless you're 18% or below you shouldnt bulk.
I've attached a photo that I took two days ago, so you can see where I stand now. I know I need more muscle, but I'm afraid of putting on more fat and then just in the end ending up...well fat. Any advice I can get will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!