Even though I never really lifted before, I'm not starting out as a skinny guy as I'm naturally moderately strong. When I started lifting I was about 6' 1", 215 lbs. with BF around 20%, I'm guessing. My goal is to add some lean mass while losing fat and get down to around 200 lbs. I seem to be the kind of person that can add mass (bad or good) pretty quickly. So if I can continue to progress as I have so far and add 10 lbs. of muscle in a year while lowering my BF to 15% or less, I'd be very happy. I guess time will tell.
Actually I think that makes a huge difference. I could be wrong, but my perception is that it is much harder to add new mass than to 'convert' fat into muscle mass. Anyone know more on this? Assuming I'm correct, then you should have an easier time leaning out than a 6' 150 guy would have gaining 30 some odd pounds of muscle. Again, I could be wrong.