Originally Posted by Unleash The Beast
Thanks a lot for all the responses guys. There is a lot of good information that you guys have given me and I really appreciate it.
I am a little confused though because some of you are saying that I need to gain weight then loose. I don't get that because I am overweight right now. Do I need to do a lot of cardio first to burn off all my fat, and then start to tone my muscles, or can I do both at the same time?
At the end of the day, calories in vs. calories out determines whether you gain or lose weight. You can lose weight with zero cardio, although since it burns calories, it can prove to be very helpful.
What you want to do is get down to a manageable body fat %. Estimate where you're at right now and aim for a good number (i.e. below 14% or so). Once you are done cutting, you can go for a clean bulk to put on some lean mass.