I need more muscle. I am fairly scrawny. Over time I have managed to drop from 220 lbs (at 5' 9") down to my current 169. But over the last few years it has pretty much stayed there. I excercise, but I tend to go in cycles of doing really well and then really poorly so I always end up back and forth. Problem is, I know the back and forth will likely continue until I can put on some good solid size.
Even so, I am worried to bulk, because I've still got some fat on my midsection. Nothing terrible, but when I bend over it becomes pretty obvious. Calculators put me at about 14-15% body fat. I really do not want to bulk all out and gain too much in the middle, but I do feel I need the muscle. I'm tired of being skinny everywhere else
So, I was reading an article on this site about someone doing a half-bulk. Eating around maintenance, trying to gain muscle and lose fat simultaneously. I think I would like to try this, rather than go all out and expect fat gain. But how would I monitor it? Weight wouldn't work very well because I would hope my weight would increase slightly while the fat decreased. Do you guys have any suggestions for a program like this? Are there just a few key measurements I should keep an eye on in particular? Or do you think I should just dash it all and bulk full on? I will see if I can't locate a camera to get some pictures taken.