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    Been Spectating for Years, Looking for Advice

    Hi everyone!

    I've been a spectator on this forum for almost 10 years learning what I can from other's posts, and after finally putting in work for almost a year, I am looking for any information / pointers that will help with my bodybuilding journey.

    I've dealt with body dysmorphia issues for years and never really knew what to do with myself in terms of my weight. After dealing with a myriad of eating disorders, I was about 175 LB with minimal muscle mass. I began doing intense cardio for the coming months, leading to about March, at which point I decided I'd like to place more emphasis on muscle building. I weighed about 150 between February and March.

    From March to present, I have been doing 100 pushups a day, in summation with a workout regiment generated by the app "FitBod". If anyone is familiar with it, I chose the bodybuilding option, and actually have been steadily increasing strength-wise.

    Based on advice I've seen online, I've been eating clean while slightly increasing my caloric intake (which I have a hard time doing due to the fear of getting fat again). Partially I'm here because after comparing photos, I can't tell if I'm gaining muscle mass or getting fat. Currently I stand at about 156.5 LB.

    Should I be cutting or bulking?
    Ideally going for a 6-pack, but want to continue to gain / maintain muscle mass. In the past I'd just cut calories drastically.

    Any thoughts or advice in regards to my progress would be greatly appreciated. Will post essential information below.
    Photos of progress attached going left to right. (Sept -> May -> August) Sorry, mirror isn't great.

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    Age: 24
    Height: 5'8
    Office Job

    Weight:
    September - 175 LB
    March - 150 LB
    August - 156.5 LB

    I ordered calipers to get my body fat % and was getting 12% - 13%. I feel like that's inaccurate and the actual number is higher.

    Workout every day M-F for 1 - 1.5 hrs, each day focused on a different primary muscle group. End with abs & 10 minutes of cardio.

    Nutrition:
    (About) 2500 calories per day
    Average 100 G Protein - 50 G Fat.
    Generally avoid carbs.
    Snack on celery throughout the day lol.
    One serving of "Animal Whey Protein Isolate" each day I work out.

    Thank you for any input you may have. I truly appreciate any of what you all may have to offer!
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    This forum section is pretty quiet. I can move this thread to Workout Programs if you want.

    My first observation is that I'm always wary of offering diet advice to anyone with a history of disordered eating, that should be between you a qualified counsellor.

    I would encourage your to gain mass - although even that could feature an overly controlling approach to nutrition which is part of the problem.

    What I will say is that you would probably benefit from doing a routine we know well like Fierce 5 or All Pros SBR (in the sticky threads of Workout Programs forum). A lot of people have done these and can give you specific help and advice. They are also more or less guaranteed to work if done properly but I couldn't say that for sure about the app you are using. Not saying it's bad, just unknown (but a lot of what we see in terms of apps or other routines ARE terrible).
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    This forum section is pretty quiet. I can move this thread to Workout Programs if you want.

    My first observation is that I'm always wary of offering diet advice to anyone with a history of disordered eating, that should be between you a qualified counsellor.

    I would encourage your to gain mass - although even that could feature an overly controlling approach to nutrition which is part of the problem.

    What I will say is that you would probably benefit from doing a routine we know well like Fierce 5 or All Pros SBR (in the sticky threads of Workout Programs forum). A lot of people have done these and can give you specific help and advice. They are also more or less guaranteed to work if done properly but I couldn't say that for sure about the app you are using. Not saying it's bad, just unknown (but a lot of what we see in terms of apps or other routines ARE terrible).
    Hey, thanks for the reply. If you feel this post would get more traction in another part of the forum, I'd be happy to have it moved!

    In regards to my nutrition, I'll keep that noted. Although in the past I have taken an unhealthy approach to eating, I haven't taken that route in quite a while, and think that it's more than equipped me to control my nutrition in the way I need to to achieve the results I'm looking for.

    As for the routine, I'll definitely take a look at those mentioned. "Fitbod" which I'm currently using creates a new plan every day based on which muscle groups are restored the most, and increases weight as it thinks you should be progressing. It's been valuable in recent months, but it might be time to move forward. Will keep you updated, thanks again!
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    Originally Posted by Aumicz View Post
    Hey, thanks for the reply. If you feel this post would get more traction in another part of the forum, I'd be happy to have it moved!

    In regards to my nutrition, I'll keep that noted. Although in the past I have taken an unhealthy approach to eating, I haven't taken that route in quite a while, and think that it's more than equipped me to control my nutrition in the way I need to to achieve the results I'm looking for.

    As for the routine, I'll definitely take a look at those mentioned. "Fitbod" which I'm currently using creates a new plan every day based on which muscle groups are restored the most, and increases weight as it thinks you should be progressing. It's been valuable in recent months, but it might be time to move forward. Will keep you updated, thanks again!

    It all depends on what your short and long-term goals are. In addition to that, you need to consider your personal preferences and proclivities with regard to the strategies you will be most comfortable adapting to in order to achieve such. I.e your relationship with food, etc...

    Based on your photos, I'd guess that 13% BF would be on the very low end with an upper range perhaps being somewhere just north of 15%. I prefer calipers to any of the fancy digital scales one can buy these days. The number itself is not as important as the consistency in which you gather and compile all the measurements. Thereafter, the month-to-month change is what will best reflect your progress.

    It also appears that you may benefit from increasing the intensity of or modifying your workouts so as to better promote muscle growth and separation. Hope that helps some. Good luck!
    Without proper diets and effective meal plans dialed in, you might well be spitting in the wind.
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    Originally Posted by 1stCoachJoe View Post
    It all depends on what your short and long-term goals are. In addition to that, you need to consider your personal preferences and proclivities with regard to the strategies you will be most comfortable adapting to in order to achieve such. I.e your relationship with food, etc...

    Based on your photos, I'd guess that 13% BF would be on the very low end with an upper range perhaps being somewhere just north of 15%. I prefer calipers to any of the fancy digital scales one can buy these days. The number itself is not as important as the consistency in which you gather and compile all the measurements. Thereafter, the month-to-month change is what will best reflect your progress.

    It also appears that you may benefit from increasing the intensity of or modifying your workouts so as to better promote muscle growth and separation. Hope that helps some. Good luck!
    I'll keep all of that in mind, and try to get a more accurate month to month reading with my calipers. I am looking into modifying my routine with the programs mentioned in the previous post, and am hoping that following those with a more regimented nutrition plan will help me get the results I'm looking for.
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