About 6 weeks ago I went under the knife to fix a knee problem. I was not able to train for about 2 weeks. My eating habits although healthy during those two weeks I was not able to eat the same about of frequency that I normally do. I usually eat 7 times a day and while recovering I had about 4. Through the two weeks I lost about 7 pounds. From my pinching I calculated it as 3 pounds of water weight, 2 fat, 2 muscle. Anyway its been 3 weeks since ive started training again, and like predicted my strength is way down. At around almost 30 pounds lower on certain lifts. Anyway I thought no big deal it would come back quick. Well while ive gained back the bodyweight my strength is still way down. I know this is highly individual but how long will it be before my strength levels return?
Only a totally different issue has anybody tried sugar free Red Bull as a pre workout drink. ECA drives me nuts. If so has it been effective?