Basically, I’ve been lifting (consistently) for a year and I got them newbie gains and stuff… The problem is I can’t get rid of the stubborn belly fat, so 2 months ago I got a little too excited and cut extremely incorrectly (wasn’t even eating sufficient amounts of protein) and in two weeks I lost like 3-4 pounds… I stopped immediately and started eating in a surplus again, cuz I was surely burning muscle. After a month or so, I got my weight back, but my lower muscles (the glutes, not the legs) still look soft and flabby, so I can tell I lost muscle…
My lifts haven’t gone down, I’m drinking protein shakes and eating pretty decent - my question is: does it take as long as it originally took to regain my muscle size or is it easier the second time around(It’s been almost 2 months since eating and training properly)?
I don’t want my muscles to look like I haven’t lifted a weight in my life and there I am, squatting 150lbs! I’m really pissed and depressed, I’ve hindered my progress big time :([/quote]
I can assure you that 2 weeks of a shite crash diet did not make you lose much if any muscle gains. At worse you dehydrated a bit and perhaps loss glycoge but actual muscle mass, next to nill.
Your are soft and flabby because your soft and flabby (ok, most likely you have fat on you that is significant enough to make your glutes soft and flabby).
What’s your bf %? If it’s over 15%, I say diet properly down to about 13% and eat at maintenance to build some lean mass or if you’re at 15%, same thing, eat at maintenance to build some lean mass. This is all kind of arbitrary but my personal preference is not to go over 15%, 13% if I can help it, helps with getting rid of the fat easier later on. If you are not at 13% yet, you can eat at surplus until you hit 13-15%.
Lastly, you need to learn proper nutrition first and foremost and most likely learn how to properly train as well. [/quote]
no. I have no fat whatsoever. I’m an ectomorph, so it’s extremely hard for me to gain actual fat anywhere on my body; never had it - the only place I do have fat on is my belly (but I also have digestive issues, bloating, so yeah)