YEs, at the end of a cut, your improved insulin sensitivity, greater anabolic effect of re-introducing carbs (or raising carbs and calories) and your muscle memory should let you add back the muscle you lost (while cutting) a loooot faster than before. It also depends on how lean you are when beginning your “bulk”. When coming off a contest dry out, people often gain 15-20 pounds (fluids, glyc, water) rapidly (few hours) and often regain the size they lost in less than a month. I think the rebound continues from that point and you do gain lean mass quicker for a while.
All this assumes that you’ve held on to your size long enough for muscle memory to work.
I think Berardi said that there is a “leanness memory” for the body (if you’ve drained a fat cell once you will drain it more easily the next time) and thats why he uised the get shredded diet a few times himself…
IMO as long as you got lean ONCE (sub 10) and are able to add lean mass without increasing the fat cell count (i.e. inject “muscle memory” without increasing “fat cell memory” - there is no reason for you to not get leaner with each passing gaining/losing phase. Give yourself a couple of weight set points to oscillate between when gaining size and/or losing fat.
I have read a lot about this phenomenon. I would like to hear about personal experiences…
Not that I am looking to cut down - it won’t be for a while, anyway - but I am curious as to the following:
- Say you are at a certain weight and cut down. Just as it has been advised to stay at a higher weight so the body gets used to it, would it be possible to cut then push into a clean bulk and utilize the body’s rebound effect to put on muscle?
Essentially, what I am asking is if the body’s memory effect is more tied into a particular weight (or set point, as has been labeled in another thread) or if body composition is also “remembered.” If composition is remembered, then I guess it is harder to utilize the rebounding for muscle gain IF there was not much LBM before the initial cut.
However, if it is merely weight that is remembered, then surely muscle gain can be accelerated by rebounding, right?
- If my theory above is flawed, is it therefore better to maintain the lower - albeit more ‘cut’ - body weight for a period of time before attempting to pile on muscle?
Is it important for the body to remember body composition in this case (e.g. insulin sensitivity, etc) ?