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amike000 05-11-2016 10:47 PM

Minimum training required to retain muscle and strength while cutting

I have been obese and inactive almost all my life.

This year i have made more effort to lose weight and become more active and got decent results.

I'm 33, 5ft 8' male and lost about 30 lbs [250->220] in the last 4 months via intermittent fasting and watching calories.

I have also started walking and doing light weight training such as air squats[15x3] and deadlift [80kg, 12x2] 3 days/week.

I also try to do pushups, but honestly can't do a proper one yet.

Will this be enough to retain any muscle i had, if not whats the least i can do to retain it?

I also want to mention that i can't eat much protein since i have uric acid issues too.

Thank you!

P.S: When I deadlift, I hold the weight for 5 secs for every rep and in the last rep i take 1-2 min break and then try to hold it for as long as possible [60-70 secs], is this a good way to develop grip too?

amike000 05-15-2016 06:18 PM


01gt4.6 05-16-2016 07:30 PM

Body weight exercises are a great way to retain or build muscle. It's hard to know what's the least you can do to rain muscle.

TessTraylor 05-17-2016 05:19 AM

Proper nutrition is very important. I have learned that one needs to cut down on fat in order to maintain your hard earned muscle and with the help of supplements. It is required to maintain the intensity of your training too. Here's another article about proper diet for burning fat and maintaining muscle mass : How to Maintain Your Muscle While Dieting. You may read it, I believe it could help you a lot.

IBJoel 06-29-2016 06:19 PM

Keeping muscle while losing weight can be tricky, no doubt about it. Especially when you're unable to take in protein. If you want to keep your muscle MASS, you're in a good spot. If you want to keep your STRENGTH, however, I'd suggest doing heavier deadlifts in the 3-5 rep range.

SherryTracy 07-17-2016 07:32 AM

People have various shapes. One of those is called, "hourglass". It is genetic. Someone could work hard at the fitness center, eat correctly but never attain that particular look if their shape is boyish or rectangular. Someone might have large hips, actually, wider pelvic bones than the span of the shoulders. Such an individual might be described as having a pear shape. Certainly, it would be beneficial to join a good facility and hire a trainer. Natural means may not result in any given desired body shape.

wegas420 01-17-2017 10:01 PM

you have to work out a lot for retain muscle and I think u have to join any kind of sports for better fitness so in my opinion football will the best sport for you. I'm a big supporter of football and nowadays I'm watching Afcon 2017 live.

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