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Having Both Strength & Size?


#1

you, can't have both?

the reason i am asking. back in august, i started to workout so i could get somewhat stronger. i have lost some of the size i had back then but i am somewhat more stronger. i know my diet is not what it should be. i have bills and sometimes food is food unfortunately. i still though eat healthy.

is it the way i am currenlty eating or when i switch programs i'll gain size?

thanks


#2

Is it possible that you lost fat, and not real muscle? Let's be honest here, My arms tape 18", but I know if I were to really shred up, they would be about 17/17.5 if I were lucky. I always gained strength before size, but never lost anything because when I started, I was skinny as shit and didn't have any 'excess' to burn up training.

-S


#3

First, you can get stronger while on a calorie deficit.

If you have gotten stronger, but lost muscle I imagine you are just not eating enough - you said yourself that your diet is not what it should be, but some smart shopping around can get you calorie dense foods which are healthy, if you look around.


#4

Why don't you give us a clearer idea what your dietary habits are, man? It's impossible to make any kind of qualitative statement without more information.

I hear you about budget issues! I'm a freelance illustrator -- my work is boom or bust. It's either feast or famine. I can go a few months without a decent contract, and then be deluged by people who all want their project finished the day after they contact me. So stretching a budget is nothing new. There are ways to make the most of what you have, especially if you're fortunate enough to live in a region with a farmer's market.