So three weeks ago I got the flu, this was no ordinary flu. I was vomiting multiple times a day every day for almost two weeks straight. I was eating very minimal food, sometimes less than 500 cals a day, and drinking very minimal water.
When I felt better I decided I would weigh myself, I was shocked to see I lost 20 lbs (185-167lbs). And when I returned to the gym my strength was laughable, weight I could normally do for an easy 10-12 reps I could barely do for 4-5 reps.
Feeling discouraged I decided I would eat 1.5k calories over maintenance until my strength returned.
I've been doing this for three weeks now but I'm still not back up to where I was, before I got sick I was able to get 225 for a MR set of 8, I just tried 225 for a MR set and only got 5. As well as my weight which I find to be the most strange, I've been eating in a massive surpluss, yet I'm still only 178 and that has been stagnant for the past week. I would consider myself a hardgainer, but I doubt this is the problem.
Is this normal, have any of you guys gone through something similar to this, and if so how long did it take for your strength to return, I find it crazy how optimal you truly have to be to perform at your best. It's starting to really discourage me.
(I weight myself on an empty stomach in the morning)