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    How much muscle do you guys lose while cutting?

    How much muscle do you guys lose while cutting and what are some tips for maintaining it as much as possible. I know that is a vague question but for example from 20% to 15% body fat do you guys lose any muscle and if so is it trace amounts like not even a lb or is losing some lbm going to happen no matter what? What about from 15% to single digits is muscle loss pretty much guaranteed, if not what do you guys do?
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    some muscle loss is going to happen on a caloric deficit.
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    Call me a genetic freak, but I really didn't lose much. Most of my lifts stayed the same or increased while I was cutting. While I am sure there was some muscle loss, my diet and training was so fine-tuned, it was minimal.
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    It's when you get down to the single digits of body fat when losing muscle seems to be more of an issue while dieting.
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    Depends on the individual and his body fat level/set point, diet, training and hormonal environment. Typically, I do not lose strength until the bitter end when I have to really start dropping calories to move the last few lbs. But I think a lot of that strength loss comes with the depletion of glycogen because it comes back very rapidly with an increase in calories/carbs.

    The general formula for as little muscle loss as possible while cutting is to keep your calorie deficit small. Keep your training volume in check for proper recovery while maintaining heavy lifts/high intensity. Keep the ratio of protein/carbs/fats in your "sweet spot" for maximum energy while in the gym and recovery outside of the gym.
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    Originally Posted by AustrianOakJr View Post
    Depends on the individual and his body fat level/set point, diet, training and hormonal environment. Typically, I do not lose strength until the bitter end when I have to really start dropping calories to move the last few lbs. But I think a lot of that strength loss comes with the depletion of glycogen because it comes back very rapidly with an increase in calories/carbs.

    The general formula for as little muscle loss as possible while cutting is to keep your calorie deficit small. Keep your training volume in check for proper recovery while maintaining heavy lifts/high intensity. Keep the ratio of protein/carbs/fats in your "sweet spot" for maximum energy while in the gym and recovery outside of the gym.
    I agree with you. I personally found that slowly cutting calories will help overall.
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    If you are an experienced lifter, I'd say you can really guage your muscle loss easily by monitoring your strength. Chances are, if you don't really lose any strength during your cut, you'll probably not have lost significant muscle mass
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