Due to a very busy schedule (cross country move, new job, new house, children, school, etc.) I stopped lifting heavy things for about 40 days. I jumped back in too aggressively and got hurt (muscle strain), which resulted in another month off. After all that time off, I knew I'd be weaker, but I didn't think I'd drop from benching 205 lbs 5 x 5 to 145 5 x 5! That's a decrease of about 30%! I was probably hypocaloric for much of my break, but I didn't lose more than a few pounds, and I remained largely primal. What rate of strength loss should one expect to experience when taking an extended break from training? Would a particular dietary strategy (higher protein, higher carbs, etc.) be more muscle sparing than others (VLC, etc.)? It took me 6 months to break 200 lbs, and now I'm starting all over again--it's very frustrating!
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