Hey guys, quick background on me:
23 yrs. old
6 ft. tall
44 in. waist (tape measured)
Throughout high school I did sports and remained pretty fit. I lost fat, gained muscle, and ended up being pretty strong and decently fit.
Fast forward to the present and I basically let myself go. I still have some mass, but a LOT more fat and my strength is nowhere near where it used to be. I am currently a decently heavy smoker (1/2 pack a day).
My goal is to stick to a strict diet and exercise plan with the ultimate goal of losing fat, gaining muscle, and becoming cut. I know that from 270 lbs., this will be a long ordeal, but I also know that you get in what you put in and dedication is key.
I know that many people strictly argue that you cannot burn fat and gain muscle simultaneously. I believe that at least in the beginning this is achievable because of muscle memory and the extreme change in my activity level. I've done it before and I've seen many others do the same. I will also be attempting to quit smoking because I know it's probably the most damaging avoidable activity for your health. Without getting into an argument about the feasibility of this, these are my goals.
I created a 12 week lifting and cardio plan to start with and we'll see where I am at that point. I have a 3 day split for lifting and will be doing different types of cardio 6x a week. I will be posting bi-weekly pictures and weigh ins and using my measured waist size as progress meters. Additionally, I will be posting daily diet and exercise logs.
I will post my cardio and lifting plan for any critiques/advice and I'll hopefully have a starter "before," picture up tonight if I can find my camera. Any help/insight is greatly appreciated! Thanks guys, and good luck to everybody else out there trying to better themselves!