What's up guys? I'm 23, from N.Y., transplanted on a Caribbean island (St. Kitts). Let me give you a rundown of myself, before I start asking questions and for advice. I love this site and it's straight forward nature
I am one of those lucky guys who gains fat easily. At one point (when I was 17 or so) I was 285lbs of flabbiness (and I'm only 5'8"). I started running, working out on a regular basis, and my the time i was 21-22, I was hooked. Consider me a gym rat. I went from a 44inch waist to a 32-33inch waist, from XXL shirts to a Sm-Med, and my arms were more defined. I was pumped to see my biceps pop up. Loved it. (although my chest has the hardest time getting defined...I'll get to that later)
So, this past August, I move to the Caribbean. A couple months before that,I realized where I was going and spent alot of time partying with friends and family. I depart for St. Kitts closer to 180lbs. So I've been down here without a gym, with the weirdest available food selection, and alcohol flowing freely. 8 months later, I now weigh 210 lbs (36-37inch waist). DOH!
So, I find a gym, finally. I decide to say "screw this", and want to get back to busting my ass and making myself more fit than ever. I just have a few problems. Protein shakes aren't an option....getting them shipped here costs a freaking buttload. Eating options are very weird. I've figured I'll go with tuna, fish, soy protein burgers.....Beef isn't very safe down here and chicken (my holy grail when i was losing weight) is too damn expensive.
Also, even at my lightest, my chest wasn't defined very well. It's always been a hard area for me to get in shape. I'm at the point now where I don't even like to take my shirt off at the beach.
I decided while I'd love to lose 20-30 lbs, I don't think I want 165lbs. again. I think I could look pretty well built at like 175lbs, 5'8".
Is there any workout advice for cutting fat, building muscle?
Any nutritional advice for my weird situation regarding food?
Any specific plans to target my man boobs?
I'd love the advice from you guys. I'm always open to learning. I've read tons of magazines and books, and am looking for as much help as possible.
Feel free to ask me questions, and to be brutally honest.
I finally got back to the gym yesterday, and noticed the weights feel a bit heavier than 8 months ago....but that's okay, I'll puch forward. Currently, I'm restricting myself to 1500 calories (just started again with the diet yesterday), working on getting my protein between 70-100 grams, same with carbs. Fat grams usually roll in at about 20-25 a day.
This may seem a bit low, but remember, I gain fat easily, have been very fat, and those fat cells have good memory. I want to lose the fat, but want to make muscle gains. I'm afraid of just losing mass and getting smaller but still being flabby when I take my shirt off.
I'm sure I forgot some details, but I'm excited to get going.
Help me out. Thanks.