Alright there are so much information all over the net, and everyone has different opinions. I'm so confused at this point and I don't know how to begin.
I'm 27 now, and I used to be overweight. 97kg (213lbs) of body weight and height of 177cm (5'9ft)
I started taking karate classes 3 times a week ( still doing it and loving it ), and I lost about 10kg (22lbs) after 1 year. Then I slowly started eating less junk food, eating more healthy, but still couldn't lose weight. so I saw a dietitian and I managed to lose another 15kg (33lbs) over the course of 1 and a half year.
I'm now at 71kg (156lbs), 15.5% of body fat and BMR of around 1670. I'm eating so much healthier now. I don't drink anything other than water or milk and I quit sugar packed foods like ice creams and chocolate.
Right now my goal is to gain muscle and get strong. I'm a very weak person, and I don't have any visible muscles.
The problem is I still have fats, specially on belly, love handles, chest, and a bit on arms and back. and I don't know if I should be on a caloric deficit or caloric surplus at this point.
I heard about this thing called body recomposition. few people say it is possible to lose fat and build muscle at same time, but it is a very slow process and it only works for beginners. And I'm not sure if I'm considered a "beginner", or even if I want to do body recomp.
Also I don't want to go back to just cutting calories only. I want to build up muscle and strength while losing the extra fat that is left on me. I'm really tired of being weak, not looking muscular as a man.
I'm also scared of bulking up because I don't want to gain the fats that I worked so hard to burn over the years.
Sorry for the long read
Please give me advice or anything that is helpful toward my goal. Thanks a lot.