I am 37 and started lifting weights at 34; I am completely natural. For the most part of the year I bulk up and train relatively heavy, so introducing 1 deload week per month has been useful to favour recovery and protect the joints. I usually deload by replacing the deadlift with the leg curl, the squat with the leg press, avoiding close-to-maximal lifts and reducing the overall volume of the workout.
I have now just entered a fat-loss phase. Question: is the employment of a similar deload scheme (1 dealod week every 3 intense weeks) when trying to lose fat conducive to excessive loss of muscle? Should I avoid deloading at all? I am in a moderate (10-15%) caloric deficit and lose 1-1.5 pounds of weight per week.
Thanks for your help!