I'm about 5ft 7 and weigh about 80kg/12.5stone and am thus overweight. I want to get into shape for the summer and lose about 20 pounds by May. I'll attempt to do an hour of cardio 5 times a week and wish to add in some resistance.
I've never really one much other than a few dumbell exercises, what would you recommend? I'm not looking to get massive, just a more muscular so that I can look decent in a tight t-shirt/polo.
Would you recommend protein shakes even if I'm trying to lose weight? What sort of food would you recommend eating?
If you don't have much muscle then you'll gain some easily from doing some decent lifting. Focus on the weight loose and see what muscle you gain along the way then you can always focus on the muscle more once you aren't overweight.
Start with strong lift, starting strength or some other compound based programme.
Learn about diet. It's what really matters. There's no answer here that will cover it all. Start with the stickied threads here. Protein powder is used for convince. You'll want to be eating a decent amount of protein so you might find it useful, you might not, it's a preference thing. What really matters is how many calories are going in and how many grams of protein, not specifically where they come from. Obviously there's a place for micronutrition but it's not what changes your body shape
Start by just lifting because that should bring your body fat down by itself, if it doesn't then you can look to add some cardio. If you want to build muscle then get on the protein shakes too.
Yeah you'll get noob gains at first
Try the strong lifts work out because that what focuses on loosing weight and gaining muscle at the same time. It works as well.
perhaps in the beggining it can be possible but my answer is no unless you're on drugs