I’m just curious what your take is on the following. I’ve noticed in any given phase of lifting, all other variables like cardio, daily macros, sleep, etc. held constant, I will always gain around 2lb during peak weeks when my main lifts get down to sets of 2 or 3–even if I’m in a slight deficit or eating at maintenance. Sure enough, it’ll always come off the next week or two with no other changes other than entering into a deload week or starting the next phase at higher volume.
My theory is that it’s just extra water weight from the spike in stress that week, but I wanted to consult with you. Do you think it’s anything to be concerned about, and if so are there ways to combat it?