I’ve heard it mentioned quite a bit around here that once you have muscle mass, but lose it, it is infinitely easier to regain that beginning if you had never had mass before. CT said something to this effect on how he was able to quickly put weight back on without gaining too much fat. So I ask you, why is this?
I’m assuming that it has to deal with the manner in which the body breaks down muscle protein to use for energy, in that it breaks down the actual protein but not the other parts that are required for that muscle to function, such as blood pathways and whatnot. Perhaps, as part of gaining muscle mass is gaining the support system to keep it going, the reason for people being able to rapidly regain muscle mass is because their support system for larger bodyweights is largely in place and new muscle protein needs to be synthesized only, not these structures.
Personally, I used to be a big guy, I went to being a very small guy. Now I’ve started lifting a good deal, and I have put on nearly 30 pounds since June. Sure there was some fat gain, though not a great deal as I still have quite good definition in many areas, not a lot different from when I began. However, my strength levels have skyrocketed, leading me to believe that while many others seem to struggle with such goals that my own experience is largely due to having had a heavier bodyweight and higher strength level before and thus having much less work to do to regain such a state.
Any thoughts on this phenomenon?