Hey guys, I'm new to the forum and would like some advice. I am 29 years old, 5' 10", and 217 lbs. I am trying to lose fat, get big and strong, like a power lifter.
My thing is that I used to be a really fat kid in high school and also through college. Then I really got into cycling for a few years . I was doing none stop cardio and no weights. I went from 230 lbs to 155lbs in 9 months. I was so skinny, that I was getting sick all the time and my immune system was shot. So I started doing weights and eating somewhat well. I got up to 180 lbs and then I messed up my back and got laid off from my job a few years ago. So I wasn't able to do much. So here I am now at 217lbs. I carry most of my fat in the belly and chest area, with some on my thighs. Sorry for the long winded explanation. I have now gone back to the weights and eating well. I want to get bigger without getting fatter than I already am. So should I be focusing on cutting weight first and then bulking up?? Or should I just eat clean, bulk up and add cardio to my workout?? How do you cleanly bulk up?? Weightgainers?? Just food?? I don't want to be cut like a bodybuilder, I want to be big and strong. So what should I do?? Any opinions and advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Nik.