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    Skinny fat, how do I fix this?

    Hi guys,

    Im 18 years old 5'8. I am a triathlete and also run distance in college. I made a large effort to get shredded last year and went from 150ish pounds down to 122 at my lowest, my caloric intake dropped to around 1200-1300 calories a day. Then my weight increased and I weighed around 132 pounds in the morning during summer, I was consuming 1500-1600 calories a day and running 50-60 miles a week and cycling around 4-5 hours a week and swimming 3 hours a week. I now weigh around 145 pounds and train the same amount of hours and mileage. I have increased my calories to 1600-1800 per day as I feel like I need the extra energy. I feel skinny fat and absolutely hat the way I look so I just started lifting. I'm following the fierce 5 lifting program and have been on it for one week now. Is there anything else I can do to look lean or at least not look like I'm fat. I train 15 hours a week so I don't even understand how I look like this. I have included photos below with my weight and the month and date they were taken for reference. I really want to fix this.

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    The obvious answer is to focus a lot more on resistance training. All that endurance training burns energy but it doesn't generally make your muscles large enough to show through the skin (which is basically what muscle definition requires).

    You aren't skinny fat, you just lack muscle.

    Get on a weights routine like Fierce 5 and eat enough to slowly gain weight.
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    You aren't "Skinny fat"...just skinny.

    Start putting muscle on now and make use of the teenage hormones you have while you still have them.
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    Originally Posted by jwaza31 View Post
    Hi guys,

    Im 18 years old 5'8. I am a triathlete and also run distance in college. I made a large effort to get shredded last year and went from 150ish pounds down to 122 at my lowest, my caloric intake dropped to around 1200-1300 calories a day. Then my weight increased and I weighed around 132 pounds in the morning during summer, I was consuming 1500-1600 calories a day and running 50-60 miles a week and cycling around 4-5 hours a week and swimming 3 hours a week. I now weigh around 145 pounds and train the same amount of hours and mileage. I have increased my calories to 1600-1800 per day as I feel like I need the extra energy. I feel skinny fat and absolutely hat the way I look so I just started lifting. I'm following the fierce 5 lifting program and have been on it for one week now. Is there anything else I can do to look lean or at least not look like I'm fat. I train 15 hours a week so I don't even understand how I look like this. I have included photos below with my weight and the month and date they were taken for reference. I really want to fix this.

    Thanks
    +1. Not skinny fat. Just skinny. Eat plenty and healthy and lift often.
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    When you bulk you must accept some amount of fat coming along, it's unavoidable in most cases.

    IHMO Ratio of muscle/fat gain is 1:1 depending on many factors, this is naturally already best ratio. The more you unnecessarily eat, the more it will be fat because muscle can only be build at slow painful rate.

    On the other hand, if you don't eat enough surplus to gain weight at all = no improvement at all
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    +1 Not skinny fat. Not even in the remote ballpark of being skinny fat.

    Aim to add 1-2 lbs per month over the next 12-18 months while following Fierce 5. Get at least 0.8g of protein per lb of bodyweight daily. Your calories should probably be at least 2200 if not more given your level of activity.
    All it takes is consistency, effort, proper nutrition, good programming, and TIME.
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