starting out lifting, bulk or cut?
Im sorry for the long post but i have a few questions and searching here on bullshido and on the net bring up various conflicting opinions, here goes.
Due to random working hours ive had to put judo on the back burner for the foreseable future but one thing ive been meaning to do and have finally got the chance to do is weight lifting.
Ive managed to pick up a decent set of second hand dumbells, barbell and weight plates and have a garage do the training in. As for routine ive started for the past month doing Squats, deadlifts, bent over rows, military press and bench press all 10 reps and 4 sets 3 times a week similar to stronglifts 5x5.
Now a little bit about me and my goals im 6 ft 2 and have a BMI of 25 ( recently been checked by a doctor) the doctor says im slightly overweight but they're not concered about it but it not what i want. im skinny fat with a belly but skinny arms and legs but quite wide shoulders. My goals are to gain some muscle mass and lose the belly.
Here comes the catch,If im correct you need surplus calories to build muscle, this usually entails gaining extra fat. But i dont really want anymore belly fat and from what i understand is that you cant lose weight and gain muscle at the same time, is this true? Although i dont want to cut weight and lose the precious muscle i already have.
Is bulking and cutting the best method to try and if it is what should i do first bulk and cut the fat later or cut down and bulk up but this stupid as ill just be putting fat back on? Im not particulary worried about strength although it would be a nice side effect im looking to change my body shape from skinny fat to more muscular and trim.