I'm fairly new to these boards, but I've definitely learned alot in the little time I've spent here, and I would like to start with an advanced "thank you" for all the information you guys provide.
I'm 20 years old, currently 5'10" 165 lbs ~12% body fat (But I think its more, I've been trying to use those stupid online body fat % calculators. My jean size is 32" waist to give an idea...)
I've been trying to lean out as much as possible to get rid of unwanted fat (that seems to accumulate mostly on my chest, sides/lovehandles~the whole "tire around the waist" look, and back). My routine for this has been running 5-6 times a week on the treadmill for 30-40 min.
At the same time, I've been trying to add small amounts of mass to my muscles to try and accentuate how cut my physique looks. I've been lifting 4 times a week, generally combining two muscle groups together (back/bis, chest/tris, shoulders/legs, abs,calves,and obliques after every workout). I try to change it up between light/heavy workouts just to make sure my muscles are always getting shocked.
For the first month (I started when school got out) I was making amazing gains, I lost most of the fat that I gained during spring semester and I was definitely noticing muscle growth and accentuation. Recently, however, I feel like I've definitely hit a plateau and I just don't seem to be making any gains in either the fat loss or muscle growth departments.
So now, after that very long and up till now seemingly pointless shpeel of info....my question is, can I continue to make gains in both fat loss / muscle growth? Or do I need to sacrafice one in order to fully excel in the other? I'm nowhere near the physique I want, and I realize that I'm on a lifelong journey with no real end to it, but I definitely want to lean up a bit more before fall semester starts (4 weeks), and definitely lean up before our first major party of Fall Semester (8-10 weeks given when we get our permit).
Should I just stop lifting heavy and focus on doing more cardio? How would you suggest I alter my training/diet/living routine?
My diet generally goes like this:
10:00 (Wake up): Oatmeal,banana,cup of milk and/or whey protein
--10:30 Go to the gym, lift and run
12:00: whey protein while making lunch
12:30: Lunch. Either: Lean red meat, salmon or tuna, or chicken breast, and some brown rice, and either mixed vegetables or a salad.
3:00: some low fat yogurt and grains/nuts
5:00: Protein Shake
7:00: Dinner. See Lunch.
8:00: A few table spoons of peanut butter, maybe some nuts and grains and a banana/other piece of misc. fruit that I find
9:00 and On I try not to eat anything. Sometimes if I feel that rumbly stomach feeling I eat some yogurt or cottage cheese (esp. before bed b/c of the casein protein).
Generally bed by 12:00 or 1:00. Bad habit of sleeping late, I know, hopefully it gets fixed once school starts .
If needed I can post up a picture of what I look tomorrow late at night (I'm out of town right now, no cell phone haha).
So for anyone who has the patience to read through this, any feedback, information, diet info, and dumb blonde jokes, your time is greatly appreciated.
Any other info you need, I'll be checking back FAR more often than regularly. Canada is ****ing boring.