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Losing Weight. Also Losing Muscle Mass?

Goal: Lose 25 Pounds
Approach to Weight Loss: Work out 3x per week and track my caloric intake
Height: 5’ 10’
Current Weight: 199.6
Starting Weight for Weight Loss: ~220
Goal Weight: 195

I’m elated I’ve been losing weight! I’m almost to my goal of 195. Downside is, I’m noticing my muscles mass is dropping a bit according to my scale that measures that datapoint (Image below). I will say I’ve sometimes noticed that when I measure, take a dump, remeasure, my muscle mass drops haha. I’ve been hitting 160-190 grams of protein per day, which is close to my goal weight. Is dropping some muscles mass during weight loss inevitable?

Would not trust that device at all. They can vary a lot. If you are training and getting the protein in your prob not losing muscle unless your in a huge deficit. How many lbs per week are you losing?

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Do you have any indicator exercises that you do every week to track strength? If those aren’t going way down, you’re unlikely to be losing muscle.


what does it say when you set it to athlete?

It’s been slower the last 6 weeks. If I take into acount the yo-yo of weight, prob .25-.5 pounds of weight per week.

My compound lifts have lightly increased or stayed the same over the past couple months, so that’s a good sign.

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I have it set to Athlete Mode.

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How long have you been cutting? It sounds like months.

I think you’re more likely to loose muscle the longer your defecit goes on.

I started in earnest around May.

OK, that’s a long cut.

And now you’re really close to your goal, but progress is slowing down a little.

I did 5-6 months in a deficit earlier this year. I was pretty worried about losing all my muscle by the end. Then some guys who were leaner than me said you probably won’t risk losing much muscle until your body fat gets below 12-14%.

Who knows? Maybe it’s normal to have a little doubt when you’re just about to reach your goal?

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I’m getting punked by my scale! I was actually thinking of pursuing a goal of 185 once I hit 195. Maybe I should maintain for a month in between?

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I totally agree with this. We humans are masters of self-sabotage


Man, the body does weird stuff after you lose weight for awhile.

In July, when weight loss had slowed down I decided I had had enough of deficits/cuts/structured eating and started eating more, trying for “maintance.” Eating a little more made me lose another couple pounds. I had to actively stuff my face for awhile to Progress to “maintance” calories.

There were a few times between January and late June where weight loss slowed down and I lost motivation/energy and ate “normal” for a few days. Usually I would gain a pound or 2 temporarily, then weight loss would start up again and progress nicely for another month or 6 weeks.

I wouldn’t be worried about a short maintenance period after you hit 195, before you push for 185. Its probably a good idea to give your body a little break from the defecit.

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If you’re now committed to the New goal of 185, and you feel kinda Blah, right now, consider taking a little maintenance break Now. Fill up your muscles, recharge and regain the Eye of the Tiger before making a new push.


Curious what kind of scale this is.