My story: I'm a 26 yr old male who has let himself get out of shape for the past 3-4 years (i was busy with school and exercising was the last on my mind). I am what you would call "skinny fat". My arms are small, but my stomach is big. When i was a teenager and in high school, i was super skinny and was trying to gain weight (I had some success and by the time i was 19 i was pretty happy with my body... i was still skinny but i was decently toned and had some muscle). I was definitely a hard gainer. So I am kind of afraid right now to jump into a cutting phase, because i doubt there is much muscle underneath all of this fat. I am sure a lot of the muscle I gained from my high school weight lifting is gone ...i just tested myself and i can't lift anything near what i could when i was 19. I'm 5'8 and around 155 lbs, and most of it is fat as stated. Would it be best in my case to bulk up before i start cutting? Or should i get rid of this fat first?