I want to address something that affects a lot of men that start the gym; people I class as skinny fat. A skinny fat man is someone who is pretty skinny or has very little muscle mass, he carries some body fat usually around the mid-section.
There is no point in sugar coating the situation because the reality is, it’s a pretty crap situation to be in. The first phase of your training isn't going to go as you want it to and you are probably not going to be very happy with the results. If you lose the belly fat you will be even skinnier and if you try and bulk up your belly fat is likely to increase. So what the hell do you do?
Well in this situation I tend to take every case differently. Sometimes I may get the person to add muscle mass by increasing calories or sometimes I may reduce calories. The most important thing is that the client understands what we are doing and why. Too many times I have seen people not make any progress because they can’t decide whether to bulk up or strip the body fat and end up fluctuating between the both. You need to make a decision, set out a plan and action it.
Your journey to the physique you want isn't going to be as easy as someone who is very skinny with no body fat but just because the road isn't straight doesn't mean you can’t take the long route to reach the same destination.