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  • Losing Strength on a Cut

    So for the past 12 weeks or so, I have been doing a -20/0 cut via LG. I have read several posts stating strength retention is a good indicator of muscle retention during a cut. I have tracked all my workouts and the only exercise suffering/declining is bench (which has always kind of sucked). It's gone down about 10%. I eat according to the LG protocol, always getting plenty of protein. Me thinks this is somewhat normal and I'm sure it will rebound when I start packing it back on after the summer.

    Has anyone else experienced dips in lifting numbers (in specific areas) when reducing calories?
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    your calorie differential doesn't sound right. Normal leangains is a +20 (lift days) / -20 (rest days) where you net 1 day of negative calories for the week. For a cut it should be more like +10/-30. You still need a surplus of calories on your lift days to replenish your glycogen and fuel muscle growth/maintenance.
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      I second making sure you get a surplus on workout days. I was in a deficit everyday for a while when I first started primal and it was a disaster.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by federkeil View Post
        your calorie differential doesn't sound right. Normal leangains is a +20 (lift days) / -20 (rest days) where you net 1 day of negative calories for the week. For a cut it should be more like +10/-30. You still need a surplus of calories on your lift days to replenish your glycogen and fuel muscle growth/maintenance.
        Yeah, I think you're right. I am at the tail end of the cycle. I started out +20/-20 and the last couple of weeks have been kind of "just eating" which has turned into a -20/0 sort of break down. It's my own fault; I got lazy. Time to double my efforts and close out strong!

        Thanks
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