Jonathan27 wrote:Okay, so I need to aim at building muscle first? I can cut back on cardio if necessary; I've just always heard that cardio and ab workouts are the best ways to abs, but it hasn't seemed to have done me much good.
How much is too much fat? I live in the dorms and am a slave to the dining halls, so I don't have a whole lot of sources of vegan protein. Cereal, soy milk, hummus and especially peanut butter are the only things I can go crazy on for lunch and dinner (I eat breakfast in my room).
You can do what you like mate, I wasn't trying to decide for you. Just pointing out that at around 80kg for a young guy that is tall, you could easily bulk slowly up to around 200lb, then when you cut you'll look much better. Of course if you don't want to get that big you can choose to cut now, but you might end up either super skinny and look like you don't lift or skinny-fat and look like you don't lift.
Without knowing what you look like, or what your overall plan is, my inner jealously that I'm not 6'2 and 18 years old myself says to me that I would bulk, train hard and become a beast
But again that's just me.
Re: best way to get abs. You can build them up with exercises, but the only way to see them is to shed bodyfat. Cardio isn't any better way of doing this than just eating less, you'd need to create a calorie deficit, it doesn't matter how you create one. But, refer to the point above.
Re: vegan protein, is it possible you can get protein powder online? I am assuming you are American, and if so websites like trueprotein have cheap vegan protein powders that you can add into what you get at the dining halls. Nail plenty of soy milk too if you can.