How to cut without losing muscle

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  1. BoypussY

    BoypussY game over.

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    From lurking on this forum for awhile ive understood that skinny guys must bulk up first until they reach a point where they are satisfied with how much muscle/how they look---> then start cutting to lower the bf%..

    when you start cutting, dont you risk losing some muscle that you gained while bulking?
     
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    You lose muscle when you cut, that's just how it goes.
     
  3. Marijuanair

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    why prop of course :mamoru:
     
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    Yea, you lose muscle, but with high protein diets and proper post-workout nutrition you can considerably minimize that muscle loss.
     
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    If you keep lifting heavy and lower the volume a little and reduce your calories a little at a time you will be able to keep most of your gained muscle.
     
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    Yes, you are likely going to lose muscle on a cut. However, I have found that you can greatly minimize this muscle loss by being smart about your cut:

    1) Train hard. Just because you are not eating big, does not mean you shouldn't be lifting big.

    2) Focus more on your diet than on cardio. Keep your diet in check, and do not overload on cardio during the cut.

    3) When reducing calories go down gradually. If your maintenance is 2500 then start there for a week. Then go down to 2200 for 2 weeks and then move down to 2000.

    4) Allow one day a week to eat more. Do no be a fat fuck and pig out on pizza, burgers and beer though. Keep it clean, but take in more cals and more carbs to keep your metabolism from slumping.

    5) Keep a high protein diet (~ 1g per lbs of body weight).

    In my experience, this helps keep the muscle loss to a minimum and prevents "too-fast" weight drops.
     
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