I am 6'3''-4'', around 180lbs. I was once around 5'5'' 200lbs. If you look at a chart it would say I am almost underweight. I have this excess skin on my hips and stomach. My predicament is that i am awaiting my ship date for Marine Corps Recruit Training. I am trying to rid myself of all extra fat while maintaining the strength I have at least. I am pretty knowledgeable when it comes to this stuff except for the excess skin. The pics are below and what I am wanting to know is should I be at a calorie deficit to rid myself of the skin or should I be trying to fill out more? The scare in decreasing calories is that I will likely lose muscle and I am trying to gain as much strength as I can to get the maximum amount of Pull-ups for my Initial Strength Test. The scare about increasing calories is that I will likely gain bad unwanted weight instead of the muscle I would be aiming for. Please advise if you have a good opinion.
I currently run 3+ Miles daily at around 7:30 per mile, i lift weight 3 days a week (Chest/triceps, back/biceps, legs/shoulders.. If the exact workout is needed just say so.), and I am starting my 3rd week of Insanity beachbody.(for those of you who do not know, it is a crossfit training video, uses HIIT with max intervals and short breaks.). My diet consist of 5 meals a day if I can get them in every 3 hourslooks like, 500 calorie breakfast shake with eggs, oats, and whey, then later tuna and wheat bread, then a whey shake, then more tuna, then chicken and sweet potato. I use splenda on my potato. I drink lots of water. THe diet is about 2000 - 2200 calories. 220+g protein, 120g- carbs, 25g fats. I try to get veggies and good fats in the mix daily along with enough fiber. Sorry this post isn't neat or organized.
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