Everybody wants a quick fix. They want to lose fat, and preferably, they want to lose all of it by the end of the week. Now I don't know whether I've been grossly underestimating my calories, or if my metabolism all of a sudden just decided to go haywire, but Ive lost a quick 6,5 lbs in two weeks. Thats just the past two weeks; its been more in the course of this month. Today my girlfriend goes "babe, youre looking skinny". I never got that before. The same day, I went to my parents place, and they were both like "you need to eat more, you've gotten so skinny!".
It was actually never my intention to lose more than a lb per week, but I stopped tracking for a couple of weeks, and now I've lost quite a bit of muscle along with the fat. Feels pretty bad. Obviously, this isnt something I cant handle; I'll just up my cals a bit and monitor my weight more frequently from now on. But let this serve as a warning to all of you who wonder how you can lose 5 lbs a week: You will lose muscle! Even if you somehow believe that youre special and that youll only lose fat, youre wrong! You will lose weeks worth of lifting and building muscle.
04-18-2011, 12:38 AM #1
This is why you SHOULDN'T lose more than 1-2 lbs per week!
04-18-2011, 12:54 AM #2
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04-18-2011, 01:08 AM #4
I've found that after living in a caloric defecit for an extended period of time, I need to be concerned about eating too little rather than eating too much. I'm too afraid of what might happen if I undereat and lose scale weight too quickly to do it. I know I'm doing it right if I drop one pound per week. Any more than that, I up the calories."It doesn't matter what exercise you do, but man was made to move, to eat sparingly, to work hard and to screw as much as he can manage. Do all that, and you will look as good as your genes will let you, be content as the arseholes around you will allow, and maybe get a few screws. The particular virtues of weight training are in the discipline it brings to both mind and body, and, if you do it right, it will make you look good naked and do well what you got your clothes off to do." Georgeoz
04-18-2011, 01:10 AM #5
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04-18-2011, 01:38 AM #8
As soon as you start going back on a bulk, I would assume if your strength is the same if not better, you should pack on some lean muscle mass when you get off your cut, at least I hope that will happen with me, but since starting to have a low deficit, seems like my size is coming back, while losing little weight. But I noticed the faster I cut, the smaller my size looked.
04-18-2011, 01:50 AM #9
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I've been in pretty large deficits the majority of my cut. With more than adequate protein as well as lifting heavy consistently, my muscle loss, if any, has been negligible. Muscle isn't as easy to lose as people think. Your LBM may go down, sure. But LBM isn't just muscle. It's water, glycogen, a lot of shiit people don't think of. Not saying to shoot for huge deficits, just saying people tend to overestimate the ease of losing muscle.
Just my two cents.275->180->248... Next stop, 150
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04-18-2011, 02:12 AM #10
04-18-2011, 02:21 AM #11
The tape measure is your friend.
If your losing it off the waist and the other bodyparts are around the same measurement, then that's a good sign.
The scales are only good for the initial weight loss, then the tape becomes more important and the skin calipers too.-80 kgs in 15 months.
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04-18-2011, 04:13 AM #12
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I PSMF and drop 4lbs a week u mad?أشهد أن لا إله إلاَّ الله و أشهد أن محمد رسول الله
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04-18-2011, 04:43 AM #13
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