LONG POST. I was a fat ass my whole life and then my junior year I started to mt. bike, weight train, and eat healthier. at this time I was uninformed, that is, I hadn’t discovered this sight. My diet was mainly high carb, low fat, paying no attention to protein. I ate healthy though, avoiding fast, greasy food, eating fruits, vegetables, bk cereals, sandwiches, and I didn’t count calories. Over about 1.5 years, I went from 242 to 185. Now, last october, I was told to eat six meals and eat more protein, so I got whey. I started eating about 300kcal every 2 hours, and ate about 100g whey a day. From early-mid october 01’ to (I can still remember the day) about 1 week before christmas of 01’ I was losing scale weight and noticing a difference in the mirror. I plateaued at 165. I started reading T-mag, became much more educated and decided to try a keto diet. From about feb. 02’ until may 02’ I tried the keto diet. I lost few pounds, but nothing like I had expected. In june 02’ I started to train with free weights, as I as using a bowflex, which suck, since sept. 01’. Right now, I know I am a little leaner than six months ago, and my weight maintains steady at about 167-169. ADVICE: Eat sufficient protein, healthy carbs, and healthy fats, exercise. I don’t know if I would go low carb, that is 30g per day. I started to eat healthier, and exercise and the weight just kept coming off, I’d lose 20-30 lbs, then plateau for a month, perhaps two, and then lose another block of fat. I regret that I had a bio impedence test at 210 lbs, this put me at 22% I think, and thats about 164 LBM.Currently, my LBM is about 140-142, via bio impedence. No telling what LBM was at 242 lbs. I am in the same boat as you and need advice. I still don’t like the way I look and want to lost 15-20 lbs of fat. However, I feel that since I have had cutting on my mind, and that has always been my goal, for the last two years, my metabolism is probably crap. I know you should be about 10% when you start to bulk, but I just don’t feel that I have any muscle to work with. I know that over the last year my strengh has gone down. (I used to workout at a gym, then bought bowflex when my membership was up). Diet right now: 50% p, 30% c, 20% f, 1.5g/lb protein, cals at about 2000-2200. Should I just gain some muscle for a couple months and then cut down? Also, i know some tolerate carbs better than others, like I said, I never payed attention to the amount of carbs I ate, and I would eat 3 or 4 bowls of wheaties a day. Could this mean that I tolerate carbs well and should decrease protein a little and eat more carbs? I have given this a lot of thought though, and I think the bottome line is metabolism. Sorry for long post, but I have been frustrated and have been meaning to address the board.