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Old 03-19-2005, 06:01 PM   #1
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losing weight but losing strength

It seems every time I lose a substantial (sp) amount of weight I also seem to lose a certain amount of strength. I can't seem to lift the same amount of weight as I used to as I continue losing weight. Does this mean I am losing lean muscle since I am getting weaker? I know when I get stronger it almost never means for me I am gaining lean muscle, it just never happens that way for me.

 
Old 03-19-2005, 06:42 PM   #2
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

everytime your losing weight you will lose strenght.

 
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Old 03-19-2005, 07:00 PM   #3
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

really? even if its just body fat ur losing?

 
Old 03-19-2005, 07:18 PM   #4
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

well, if you always lose strength when you lose weight are you also losing lean muscle or just strength. The whole topic of lean muscle vs strength is just confusing to me.

 
Old 03-19-2005, 08:17 PM   #5
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

you will lose strenght and some muscle because your eating less calories and burning more. Thats why bodybuilders use steroids and can do till 2 hours of cardio a day, because steroids helps them keep their muscle and only lose bodyfat. Just try to get enough protein when your trying to lose weight so you don't lose a lot of muscle.

 
Old 03-19-2005, 09:46 PM   #6
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

It's very hard to keep all your muscle when losing fat, but you can minimize the damage. Eating enough protein, post workout shakes, and meal timing are the best ways to prevent as much muscle wasting as possible. I also use Glutamine when cutting.
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

So basically what your saying is I am not only losing strength but lean muscle too?

 
Old 03-20-2005, 09:11 AM   #8
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

When you're on a calorie deficit, your body has to break down it's own tissues to supply some of its energy: this comes from lean muscle and/or fat. It is almost impossible to prevent some amount of muscle loss while losing fat, but like I said, there are steps you can take to minimize that damage. My lifts always go down a little when I'm cutting, but not too bad. Usually only a drop of a couple of reps. If you're losing a significant amount of strength then you need to change something to make sure you're not losing muscle - have you gotten body fat % checks?
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Old 03-20-2005, 05:34 PM   #9
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Re: losing weight but losing strength

haven't gotten my bodyfat % checked recently. I've been going by my clothes and the scale. I guess I should probably get it checked again.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 08:56 PM   #10
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It will help you determine if what you're losing is fat or muscle, which is especially important if you literally feel strength loss. Good luck. Report back.

PS. strength loss CAN be from other factors as well, but it's best to make sure that you're maintaining your muscle anyway. Then you can look at other possibilities and tweaks to rectify the issue.
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