I am curious how a week out of the gym affects others. I hope I am not the only one who ever takes a week off.
Every so often my workload keeps me in the office from 8 AM until 8-9 PM, and I’m too spent for a workout after that sort of day. This can go on for a week or more. Other times I have to go out of the country for work, and those trips just are not conducive to a workout routine and normal feeding schedule. Sometimes, I plan a week off after a 4-6 week program which has left me feeling like my joints needs a little extra recovery time.
After the week off, I have lost weight. My appetite doesn’t drop noticeably, when I’m not in the gym, but when I am busy or out of town, the feeding schedule suffers. I know the weight loss is due to catabolism, and all it takes is a week and I’m down a few lbs.
I just came back after a week off, and I am down from 170 to 164. I bike a lot in the summer, so I’ve been consuming about 3500 calories a day. I have a detailed spreadsheet log of what I eat and when. I developed it using the principles I’ve learned here over the past few years.
It’s not just the weight loss, but how surprisingly quick it happens for me. Some people’s bodies burn fat and retain muscle, and I hate those people. My body’s preferred energy source is lean mass, so even when I am taking handfuls of BCAAs several times a day, I end up losing those hard earned gains way too fast.
Please share your experiences with this, especially if you’ve found an effective way to minimize losses.