View Full Version : Is loss of strength and bulk normal with cutting?

12-22-2004, 01:52 PM
I eat about 1500-1700 cal. a day, mainly protein, I have been doing this for two weeks, and have drop roughly 12 pounds, When I bulked I ate 3500 cals. a day. My only thing with cutting is I seem to be looseing my bench press, and my arm muscles are losing size, is this to be expected? will it come back quick when I start bulking again? And how long is to long on this low cal diet? THanks so much in advance for your help.

12-22-2004, 02:03 PM
i never cut so i cant tell you, but i would figure you may lose some strenght since your at a deficit, the same with size as well, muscle need to stay nourished.

12-22-2004, 02:05 PM
if you cut like you have been cutting, then **** yeah, you are going to lose strength, etc. what is your ht, wt, and bf%? that seems like a HUGE drop in calories, and i would say too much. that just seems ridiculous

12-22-2004, 02:09 PM
I am 5'11" tall and weigh 182 and my body fat was 16% now is 13.8%

12-22-2004, 02:19 PM
what weight did you start at? that is a huge loss over 2 weeks. most people try to lose a few pounds a week tops. if you continue what you are doing, not only will you probably continue to lose strenght and bulk, but you will also hit one hell of a plateau. search this site about cutting and see what others do. you seem to be going crazy with your cut

12-22-2004, 02:31 PM
12 lbs over 2 weeks is not healthy at all. of course you're going to lose muscle that way...there's no way you can lose 6 lbs a week and have it only be fat.

A healthy rate to lose weight is about 1 pound per week.

12-22-2004, 02:35 PM
is there a way to cut without losing size and mass how many calories should i intake if I was taking 3500 while bulking?

12-22-2004, 02:40 PM
It's hard to cut without losing any muscle at all, but you can minimize muscle lose by cutting SLOWLY and with a healthy diet. You should figure out your maintenance calories first, then subtract about 300 a day.

I would GUESS that if you were bulking at 3500, then maintenance would be around 2800 for you (depending on how fast you were bulking with 3500 calories), so cutting would be around 2300-2400 calories. Try that and see how it goes, then reduce it more if you need to.

12-22-2004, 03:17 PM
Thanks alot for the help do you guys think that When I start bulking again next month that the muscle will come back fairly easily??

12-22-2004, 03:21 PM
anything is possible

12-23-2004, 10:41 AM
strength loss when cutting is mainly due to lack of carbs. its common to have a day or two of increased carbs when cutting, to replenish muscle glycogen and improve brain activity. the brain needs about 100g of carbs to function properly, so severe carb limiting will actually slow down brain functions, making it harder to focus and think things through.

I also agree if you were bulking with 3,500 cals, that your cutting calories are way too low. I'd think 2,250 cals should be enough to cut fat. (I'm just guessing here since I don't know your height or weight or routine)