View Full Version : Sick. Cutting. Did I lose muscle mass?

01-06-2007, 06:02 PM
I'm in a cutting phase but I've been sick for the past four days. As a result, I didn't go to the gym (which I was already off and on since Christmas, but prior to that, going dedicately).

So, I hadn't been doing the heavy lifting. However, my cutting diet remained the same.

Although being sick ruined my appetite, sleeping habits and gym time, I told myself I wasn't losing muscle mass because:

1) I kept my protein intake up and sufficient
2) I more or less spent those days lying around, barely using any physical effort except for hacking coughing.

However, maybe I am over-analyzing, but body looks a tiny bit smaller.

Thoughts or insights please.

and Happy New Year :cool:

01-06-2007, 06:11 PM
4 days isn't a physiologically significant timeframe. Just go back to the gym when you can and heal up. Remember that some people take an entire week off every now and then to feel refreshed the next time they hit the weights. You kept eating, so that's good. I wouldn't worry about it too much. You may have lost a bit since you are on a cut, but if you did, it wasn't much.

01-07-2007, 12:02 PM
I've lost about 5lbs of muscle during the past two weeks because of the flu...it's horrible.

01-07-2007, 12:04 PM

5 pounds in two weeks is probably a combination of water, muscle, and fat.

01-07-2007, 01:12 PM
what exactly is cutting?

01-07-2007, 01:57 PM
what exactly is cutting?Burning fat while trying to maintain as much LBM as possible while in a caloric deficit (below maintenance).

01-07-2007, 02:02 PM
Is cutting basically like terrel owens?

01-07-2007, 02:12 PM
Uh...yeah. During a cut, you are lowering your body fat to reveal your hard-earned muscle that you gained on a bulk. The less body fat you have (and the more muscle you have), the more "cut up" you appear.

01-07-2007, 02:13 PM
I am pretty skinny. Is it possible for me to go straight from being skinny to being cut?

01-07-2007, 02:18 PM
thats called a bulk. and u wouldnt get exactly cut. u get thick and muscular looking from the extra cals and protein, but extra fat also that needs to be cut during a cut to look cut

01-07-2007, 02:19 PM
Oo ok. How do you do a cut?

01-07-2007, 02:24 PM
Lower your calories once you have some muscle.

01-07-2007, 02:29 PM
Don't worry about cutting until you've been working out for a good solid 6 months or so. If you're skinny, cutting isn't going to do much for you.

01-07-2007, 02:34 PM
ok i will

01-07-2007, 02:38 PM

Read everything. Especially the "What A Bodybuilder Eats" link.

01-07-2007, 03:12 PM
ok i will
I'm guessing you are primarily a skinny guy (ectomorphish).

I've gained 25 lbs. since my last cut and I STILL need to gain another 25 before I cut.

01-07-2007, 07:05 PM
Scarz, thanks for the response.

jurzysfinest, you hijacked my thread. I'm miffed. I can't do anything about that, but rest assured I am shaking my fist quite adamantly at you.

01-07-2007, 07:28 PM
O im sorry. I didnt realize it. BTW i am 15 6'1 170 pds im not sure what kind of morph i am

01-07-2007, 07:32 PM
at that weight I would guess Ectomorph

01-07-2007, 08:00 PM
o ok