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 Post subject: First ever cut - losing muscle instead of fat?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 1:22 am 
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Just finished first week of first ever cut. According to the Omron fat monitor, I lost 1 lb lean mass and .2 lbs of fat. Is that pound of lean mass actually glycogen or something or should I be alarmed?

I'm eating 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight per day. Training days I eat around 3600 cals, rest days around 2300 cals. This is +10%/-30% over/under what I estimated was maintenance after tracking calories for a week and staying the same weight.

Am I doing something wrong? Thoughts?


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 Post subject: Re: First ever cut - losing muscle instead of fat?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:21 am 
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What you are eating will make a big difference as well. But you seem to have the nail on the head.


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 Post subject: First ever cut - losing muscle instead of fat?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:23 am 
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Or maybe your monitor lies....

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 Post subject: Re: First ever cut - losing muscle instead of fat?
PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2012 10:19 am 
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Well, when you first begin a cut, you lose water weight so maybe it is just the fact that your monitor is a bit wonky in that aspect.

Can I ask why you're cycling your calories? Personal preference?

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 Post subject: Re: First ever cut - losing muscle instead of fat?
PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 1:45 pm 
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Sorry I totally missed this last reply. Is there a way to make the forum email you when people reply to your post?

I'm cycling calories per the Leangains protocol. You can check out leangains.com and/or rippedbody.jp if you're not familiar with it. The basic idea is you eat over maintenance on training days to feed the muscle you just annihilated and then you burn fat on the days you're resting by eating below maintenance. Add to this the fact that you are fasting 16 hours a day for fat burn.

My latest update with everything is here if anyone cares to read/advise:
viewtopic.php?f=46&t=27949


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