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    Registered User MaryJane27's Avatar
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    If you stop working out- how soon do you lose muscle?

    I have not worked out since september 9th, so approximately 2 months. In this 2 month time, I've lost pounds. I was about 142lbs and 22% fat.
    Lately I've been 137. Lord Knows what my bf % is.

    My question- In only 2 months time, could I have lost so much muscle? I mean the scale says I'm less, but I know I'm not. My body feels flabby...

    My question, also, what should I do to jump start the weight loss? I know Monday I plan to start eating clean, watching the carbs and start cardio and weights again..

    any suggestions?
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    wow. 30 views and no one has an answer. Well, I don't have one either, but from what I understand, muscle loss (or atrophy if you like) is generally caused by a poor diet (lack of protein) coupled with inactivity (sedentary lifestyle). I don't know how long it would take to lose 5lb of muscle, but 2 months seems a bit soon. When you get back into the game, make sure you are eating enough protein.
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    There's no definitive answer to this as it depends on a number of thing such as how long you were working out before your layoff, what your diet was and has been like, how your body responds, etc. Unfortunately, it is easier to lose 3-5 pounds of muscle than it is to put it on, especially if you combine inactivity with bad diet.

    You ask what you can do to jumpstart the weight loss but I think you would be better off to start putting on some mass -- so get your diet in order and hit the weights!
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    Muscle needs stimuli and protien. How fast you put it on or lose it is individualized. If you want to jump start the weight loss, go back to weights and a good balanced diet with plenty of good protien.
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    It depends on a couple of things:

    The faster your metabolism, the faster you lose muscle.

    The greater your size OVER your natural size, the faster you lose muscle.

    The longer you have maintained your size, the more slowly you lose muscle.

    The lower your activity level, the faster you lose muscle.

    A high protein intake seems to have a muscle sparing effect (lets you hold onto the muscle longer).

    The good news is:

    It takes hardly any effort to MAINTAIN muscle.

    And anything you lose comes back quickly.

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    8-10 days of complete sedentary gives you a loss of endurance.

    I do not believe that muscle loss is that fast, but strength is different from muscle. Strength would go b/f muscle I would think
    But I guess that depends on your diet as well (as previously posted)
    Right now it doesn't matter what the results will be.
    Whats more important is that you test the waters. You share the story.. you add a different aspect to your recovery..

    Leap and the net will appear..
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    i stopped working out last year for sometime and ate lots of protein and when i started lifting again i didnt lose my strength i was at where i left it just lost a little definition i think diet is 90% of course your not gonna grow if u dont workout u can definitely keep most of it with proper diet. thats just me i dunno if it works for u though.
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