Today I started my first cut, but I'm wondering, if I start to lose muscle mass or strength should I:
!) increase protein intake
2) increase overall calorie intake
3) lower volume of weight training
4) increase volume of weight training
I know the above options are pretty general, but I suppose I'm asking you what you fellas did if/when you found yourselves in this situation?
Hopefully this won't happen, but i want to be prepared for all eventualities.
Last edited by JConrad; 04-02-2007 at 03:41 PM.
It is very dependent on the amount of loss IMO.
I would be more worried about an decrease in LBM which would equate to strength loss. If I found I was losing LBM at an unacceptable rate I would increase my calories… which would increase my protein intake. I wouldn’t change my lifting since I would have done enough research before starting my cut to know what is an acceptable amount.
Thanks for the info.
I get nearly all of my protein from whey, which allows me to strictly dictate how many carbs and fat calories I take in. During my bulk I was on 1.6 grams of protein per LBM weight, and I will stick to this throughout my cut.
Doing it using (almost) carb free whey protein makes it easy to cut the carbs, I'm aiming for 500-600 fewer calories a day and this reduction will be about 60% carbs and 40% fat calories with no reduction in protein calories.
You should make an effort to get some other types of protein in your diet. Whey is digested really fast, so while your body will have an over-abundance of whey right after you drink it, your body will have none between meals. Slower digesting proteins like meat give your body a more constant supply of protein.
Cottage cheese is also great. Fat free cream cheese as well. Whole wheat products also have protein. As long as your getting 1g protein for every lb of LBM and you are lifting heavy you shouldn't lose much if any LBM. Ive gained 10lbs of LBM on my cut so far.