I've got a very strong politically incorrect opinion for all those guys emailing me and saying that they are 5'8" and weigh 145 pounds and want to lose fat before they start building muscle...
...and that is, "WRONG CHOICE!"
Brother, you need muscle.
In my infamous "abs photos" online (including the one recently STOLEN by GQ magazine - April 2010, page 66), I weigh 180 pounds at 5'9". And I still look small!
So listen, the #1 rule for men is this:
When in doubt, a guy should focus on BUILDING muscle, not losing fat.
Unless you are over 15% body fat, you should not even think about losing fat or dieting if you aren't at the right weight for your height. Once you hit your height-weight level, then you can work on fat loss.
Here's my infamous height-weight scale.
5 feet, 6 inches = 150 pounds
5 feet, 7 inches = 155 pounds
5 feet, 8 inches = 160 pounds
5 feet, 10 inches = 170 pounds
6 feet = 180 inches
(For every inch gained in height, add 5 pounds.)
NOTE: If you are below the assigned weight for your height, you MUST - and there is NO debate - focus your workouts on BUILDING muscle.
That's the #1 rule for you.
And there are two guys who can help you...with two very different approaches and attitudes:
1) Jason Ferruggia - The Renegade - He's raw and rough around the edges...but also one of my best friends. Check out his interview and free report here:
2) Vince Del Monte - The Passionate One - A lot of mindset and motivation from my good friend Vince. You can tell he is the son of a pastor...
Get strong, stay strong, be strong,