regaining (not gaining) strength without carbs

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  1. reminisce

    reminisce OT Supporter

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    ok so i know this might sound like a question that would warrant a "go read the fucking stickies" but i don't think it is and i'm looking for some insight.
    i kept a log for a while but haven't updated it in a while, extremely busy with school + work and then went on vacation for the week ending last friday.

    prior to the vacation i switched over to a high fat, high protein, low carb diet with <50g carbs on workout days and <80 on workout days with very little cheating. i aimed for 2200-2300 cals/day. lost 12 lbs in ~a month from 194-182 with not too much strength loss.

    my diet blew over vacation - not enough protein, lots of carbs, etc. now that i am back my strength is drastically fucked. not that i had crazy strength in the first place, but what used to be my warmup sets feel heavy as shit. the wierd thing is that i actually look better than i have in a while - it doesn't look like i lost muscle, top abs are visible, waist much smaller, vascularity, etc. still at 182 lbs.

    now for my question - i know strength comes back to you more easily then gaining the strength in the first place, could i do this continuing on a high fat diet or do i need to go back to carbs/bulking in order to trigger muscle memory?

    just to clarify: i know i need to bulk back up to make new strength gains, but could lost strength from just a couple weeks ago be regained while still cutting?

    any insight appreciated :wavey:
     
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    T-R-T New Member

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    eat more carbs around your workout, i'd got for like 150g per day
     
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    you lost 12 pounds in one month of course your strength will suffer
     
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    reminisce OT Supporter

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    yes, this would be expected. however my strength loss during that month was very minimal and i even made gains on a few of my lifts. but during that one week vacation where i didn't go to the gym my strength was destroyed as if i took a year off from the gym.

    for example, a couple days before i left i hit 185 x 1 on clean and press which was a PR for me. today in the gym i did strict press 95x10, 95x10, then 135x2 and failed on the third rep. isn't that a drastic loss for one week or am i just an idiot?
     
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