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    How fast do muscles shrink?

    I was trying to look it up and all i found was that a couch potatoes can lose 20% of his muscle size in 2 weeks, but i dont think it is a very legit answer. So does any one one how long it takes for muscles to shrink a somewhat significant size, assuming you didnt work that muscle for some time?
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    i duno, that doesn't sound right to me.

    i read something about being sick and out of BBing for 1 month, can make you lose up to 13% of muscle mass.

    if this couch potato starved himself, i could see -20% being possible
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    Originally Posted by vilarkid_16 View Post
    I was trying to look it up and all i found was that a couch potatoes can lose 20% of his muscle size in 2 weeks, but i dont think it is a very legit answer. So does any one one how long it takes for muscles to shrink a somewhat significant size, assuming you didnt work that muscle for some time?
    Idt its that fast. I just went to the gym with my dad who hasn't been in since 2002 and his arms are still 18s. He says he was around 19s in his prime (I don't remember because I was a baby). But his legs... either atrophied heavily or he just neevr worked on them. I think the latter because his "full body" workout consisted of everything. Except legs. Lol
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    There's too many factors, i have had been out of the gym for 2months and did not lose any weight, and i came back to the gym without losing strength, except for deadlifts, but i had strained my back soo many times in the time period and dislocated my spine.

    The amount of food eaten will affect the amount of muscle you would lose.
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    i would assume it starts about after about 1.5 to 2 weeks but wouldn't really be noticible for 3-4 weeks
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    Originally Posted by vilarkid_16 View Post
    I was trying to look it up and all i found was that a couch potatoes can lose 20% of his muscle size in 2 weeks, but i dont think it is a very legit answer. So does any one one how long it takes for muscles to shrink a somewhat significant size, assuming you didnt work that muscle for some time?
    It does happen pretty fast. My brother's chest was HUGE when he left for basic training, I see him 9 weeks later and he was small as hell. 9 weeks can make u look like u never worked out, at least that's what it did to him. He was doing PT everyday too, shame.
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    So you are nearly safe if you ate well?
    I took a week off, then the second week did not get to workout much nor this week, but i am glad i can finally start doing my full routine next week, for this week i am trying to save as much possible for the moment. But its not like i have been much of couch potatoe. Thanks for the replies.
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    Originally Posted by vilarkid_16 View Post
    So you are nearly safe if you ate well?
    I took a week off, then the second week did not get to workout much nor this week, but i am glad i can finally start doing my full routine next week, for this week i am trying to save as much possible for the moment. But its not like i have been much of couch potatoe. Thanks for the replies.
    Oh definitely if only 2 weeks. I actually gained a little bit during my 2 weeks off. Keep measurements of yourself so you can be sure.
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    Originally Posted by DaYoungSupaman View Post
    muscle degregation takes two weeks
    woah, u got out of the red gj
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    I have fast metabolism...i lose enough in 2 weeks
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    For me, I go from 10 inch to 3 inch in about 1 minute (yes serious)
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    Originally Posted by Mikeo View Post
    For me, I go from 10 inch to 3 inch in about 1 minute (yes serious)
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    Originally Posted by Mikeo View Post
    For me, I go from 10 inch to 3 inch in about 1 minute (yes serious)
    i dont think he is talking about cocks
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    Not very fast if you keep your diet the same.

    People are too paranoid about losing muscle mass.
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    Originally Posted by Gancor View Post
    Not very fast if you keep your diet the same.

    People are too paranoid about losing muscle mass.
    X2, unless you're eating like an anorexic, you're not gonna alot lose muscle in a week or 2.
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    Originally Posted by DaYoungSupaman View Post
    muscle degregation takes two weeks
    lol bull ****

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    Originally Posted by Roger999 View Post
    X2, unless you're eating like an anorexic, you're not gonna alot lose muscle in a week or 2.
    2 weeks off lifting youed most probly come back stronger
    4 weeks off youd lose A LITTLE bit of strengh
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    Originally Posted by Roger999 View Post
    There's too many factors, i have had been out of the gym for 2months and did not lose any weight, and i came back to the gym without losing strength, except for deadlifts, but i had strained my back soo many times in the time period and dislocated my spine.

    The amount of food eaten will affect the amount of muscle you would lose.
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