I just found these forums and this place is great!
I am a vegetarian college student going into my fourth year. I was fat when I was around 10-12 yrs. old. I lost most of the weight once puberty hit, but have always had a belly. The past three years of fast food, drinking, and bad eating habits didn't help my belly either.
Therefore, this summer I decided to start to make a lifestyle change. It's been pretty easy this summer because I live at home where I can easily cook veggie meats and other healthy dishes (gonna be a lot tougher when I go back to college in the Fall).
So around May 15th, I weighed 145lbs. I now weigh 125lbs. (These are my morning weights). I am 5' 10".
I have always been told that I'm "too skinny" by others mainly because I have very skinny arms/legs, but I know that I have a layer of fat over my abs to work off. Others, still tell me that I should be bulking up and not cutting down.
Anyway, here are a few photos of me on May 15th and now (You'll need to paste the urls into a new window since I'm a new user):
i25.tinypic.com/2j18sx3.jpg (This pic shows that I still have some fat over my abs when sitting down that you can clearly see!)
I have a cheap, electronic scale from eBay that said when I began my body fat % was 17%, and now it's 7.3%. However, I don't think it's very accurate.
I wanted to get some opinions on what I should do? Should I be cutting or bulking?
I personally think I should be cutting more because I want to see my abs, get rid of love handles completely, and possibly get the "V" in my midsection. How many more lbs. do you think I need to cut to achieve this? I'm thinking about 7-10lbs? Will that make me "too skinny?"
Obviously the overall goal is to bulk up, but I think cutting first? Opinions?
Oh, and for those curious, the workout regimen I did was basically:
-Day 1 - 1 Hr Elliptical @ 97RPM (machine says 900 cal burned), 30 min. HIIT Training on Treadmill (Cycle between 3.5MPH & 11MPH)
-Day 2 - 45 Min. Weight Lifting, 45 Min. Elliptical, 25 min. HIIT Training on Treadmill
(Then repeat Day 1 and Day 2...over and over..so far I've done 75 days)