Hello everyone, I am new to the forums so nice to meet you all. Here is my problem.
I am 25 years old, 5'6" @ 204 lbs. According to the scale I am at 28% bf. Back in March I weighed 275 lbs. and was at 25% bf according to the scale. I severely restricted my calories, took some pills for weightloss, drank a gallon of water a day and did tons of cardio. (Seems as though my upper body narrowed itself. It was quite painful at times)In the state that I am at now, I can't seem to get below 204 lbs. and I have no energy and look kind of sickly. I also became weak and could not lift a fraction of what I was lifting in the gym before weightloss.
A friend I used to train with told me not to go below 200 - 190 because I am not meant to be skinny. It may also be of note to say in highschool I weighed 195-198 lbs. and according to my doctor I was always 50-40 lbs. over what I should have weighed according to w/e chart he was talking about.
My first question is should I continue to try to lose fat, or just improve my ratio by adding muscle mass?
Should I worry about my height/weight ratio. According to my friend at school, I should drop to 140-150, but he does MMA.
Should I stop doing cardio altogether?