Any Advice For Someone Looking To Shred Fat And Bulk Up?
Okay, so I’m fairly new here, but I’ll be damned if PE doesn’t work like a charm. Not as advertised by the device peddlers, but definitely with time invested over years.
So, I’m 5’10” and 215lbs ATM. I’m looking to shred more of my body fat, not because I’m obese, I fall into the overweight category, but I can make it work for me, well enough. The thing is, I’ve got a build that’s naturally built for stacking muscle, seeing as I’ve spent almost a year away from the gym, with no exercise at all, and still bicep curl 50lbs, still squat 200lbs, and still bench press 160lbs.
Last year, around this point in time, I spent 3-4 months on a major dieting and exercise kick, and as a result dropped down MAJORLY from 285lbs to my current weight. (That’s not a joke.) The problem was, when I say dieting, what I really mean, is practically starving myself, eating only ever between 1000-1500 calories a day, usually somewhere in the middle. And when I say exercising, I really mean, practically ramming myself into the ground, doing a full-body routine of weightlifting and cardio for 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week.
As you can probably guess, I inevitably burned myself out, not because I’m incapable of sticking to a routine, but because I wasn’t simply dieting, but cooking everything I ate from scratch, which in addition to the exercise, basically ate up ALL of my time.
This is where I’m starting at for physicality, the mid-point goal in this endeavor, is to get myself to the point where I can bicep curl 100lbs, bench press 300lbs, and squat 400lbs, with the final goal post being 150lbs bicep curls, 400lbs Bench Press, and 600lbs squats. I’m honestly more interested in the bulked up look, with a thin layer of fat over it, rather than having next to no body fat, so I’m at least slightly cuddly, versus hard as concrete. So, I suppose my goal body fat would be 10 or 5%.