How to recover from 'yo-yo' cycles and lose weight again?
I have had a tenuous relationship with exercise throughout my life. I find that I am generally either very active and intense about it, sometimes to the point of obsession, where I work out intensively for two hours every day and count the calories on a can of tuna, to the extreme opposite, where I end up eating an entire bag of chips and a pizza, drinking 4 or 5 beers several times a week and not hitting the gym for weeks. It is very frustrating, of course, and I am on the 'eating' phase right now. Between November and late January I trained very hard, and dropped some 10 pounds, right in time for a beach vacation. Unfortunately, after coming back I continued the poor habits of eating from there and began to eat way too much. I have regained a good portion of those pounds back, and needless to say feel terrible about it. For me it is also mental, as I have issues with depression and anxiety and the exercise both helps calm it down, while the over-indulging feeds the negativity.
Fortunately, I feel as though my body has had enough too and my cravings have greatly diminished. Over the past few days I find myself less hungry, and desiring healthier food. And I will soon return full-time to the gym, and hope to find that intensity again. I was feeling terrible about this but just need to forget it and move on?
I have a goal of losing as much weight as possible in the next 5 months. This deadline is significant to me as at that time I will be entering a new phase in my life, moving to a new city and to a new position with high prestige and social interaction, as opposed to a fairly monotonous last few years. I want to go there as trim as possible. Currently I hover around 208-210 lbs - I'm a 5'11 male. At my lowest weight ever, I was close to 170, and I want to try to achieve it again. I have the body type that I can be fit and muscular, but need to work hard at it; once it's achieved, my metabolism improves and I can maintain the shape as long as I stay active.
I would like to inquire what the best routine would be for me: cardio, weights or both? When I was doing the two months of intense cardio it seemed to have the best results; about a year ago I had another phase of intense activity, where I mainly focused on weight lifting. I reduced fat but overall my weight remained the same. And the time when I was at my absolute best I did both, but I was very determined then and spent hours in the gym, every single day. Thank you for any advice!