- 3 years ago I was 6'2" 270 pounds.
- A year of diet and exercise got me down to 145, but I still had a lot of fat around my stomach.
- In an attempt to fix my skinnyfat problem, I bulked from 145 to 175 over 6 months. I lifted 3-5x a week using various machines in the gym. My workouts were about 60 minutes long. I usually target 3 sets, 10-12 reps, and I don't wait more than a minute between sets. I push until I can't do another rep. I also made sure to get ~180g protein/day and ate almost no processed foods. Plenty of fruits/veggies/chicken, tracking everything.
- I felt like I was getting fat again, so I cut back down targeting 1 pound/week over the next 6 months. I still got ~180g of protein a day and 6 months later I was back down to 145 and looked the exact same as before!
- So I bought a scale that reads body fat/muscle weight. It claimed I was at 10-11% BF (yet I still have lots of fat around my waist). I started a faster bulk this time, getting my daily protein, and ended up at 170 (15% BF) in 2 1/2 months. The scale claims I only gained 2 pounds of muscle in those first 2 weeks and none in any of the other weeks. Yet, I gained 23 pounds of fat. My Bodyfat % just keeps going up and up at this point and muscle mass stays the same - plus I'll lose that measily 2 pounds of gained muscle when I cut back down.
I do cardio 3x a week (running/cycling and eat back the calories 100%). I lift 3-4x a week with one leg day. I. Just. Don't. Get. It. I'm at the gym 5-6 days/week doing one or the other, and it feels like my body is broken from being obese for 20 years. My lifts do increase, so maybe the scale is just wrong. However, I asked two friends and they both said they've seen no changes in me since the initial weight loss 2 years ago.
Close to giving up on this and just accepting that I will forever be skinnyfat.