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Warrior10
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:

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
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.

g00dnick
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.

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
01-07-2007, 12:04 PM
^^

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

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

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
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).

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

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
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.

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

jft9120
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

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

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

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
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.

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

sCaRz*Of*PaiN
01-07-2007, 02:38 PM
http://www.wannabebigforums.com/showthread.php?t=65848

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

John04Civic
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.

Warrior10
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.

jurzysfinest
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

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

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