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    Fat free muscle mass, the cut

    Hi. Potentially trick question here. So, having got a hi tech bodyscan at the hospital it turns out I have 223 pounds of muscle. This actually shocked me as I am not a bodybuilder, I just love to keep breaking my PB in strength lifting. The muscle just came as a result.

    This left me with a question. Arnold in his prime had almost exactly the same amount of muscle, similar height. So...Iím assuming he had approximately 5% body fat. how much muscle should I expect to lose when I lose weight? As I said Iím not a bodybuilder so I am overweight and donít look very good. I am 15% body fat everywhere apart from my belly which is a disturbing 49.5% (typical strongman issue).

    If I get down to %10 body fat what percentage of muscle would you expect me to lose? I donít want to get light and the only benefit being that Iím lighter. I donít want to lose ANY muscle, if possible.


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    Is English your second language? Just curious because there is some odd grammar and the question is somewhat vague and missing information despite the run on sentences.

    What are your full stats?

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    Hi, the last paragraph went a little awol. Ha ha. Yeah, first language. I am a little drunk. Basically how much muscle will I lose if I go from 30 to 10% fat? Some claim itís literally impossible to cut and keep muscle. Others disagree. When I get down to 10% how much of the 223lb muscle do you think I will have left? Itís new to me. Always just been a powerlifter with a belly.


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    There’s no exact formula I had huge success cutting bf this year without losing much size but it’s not easy I hit the gym 6 days a week 45 minutes elliptical plus 1 hour to 1 hour 15 weights. No drinking, smoking or drugs certainly helped. I only ran 250mg test but used other compounds like Tren ,deca , winny and surprisingly dbol . The diet is also a critical component to all of this. I didn’t lower carb or fat intake I actual increased fats but got them from healthier sources ie almond butter, natural peanut butter, nuts, alongside plenty of supplements. The more rigid you are the better the results I just stacked the cards to a degree I knew I had to get the results I wanted and never wavered in my dedication.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redz View Post
    Thereís no exact formula I had huge success cutting bf this year without losing much size but itís not easy I hit the gym 6 days a week 45 minutes elliptical plus 1 hour to 1 hour 15 weights. No drinking, smoking or drugs certainly helped. I only ran 250mg test but used other compounds like Tren,deca, winny and surprisingly dbol. The diet is also a critical component to all of this. I didnít lower carb or fat intake I actual increased fats but got them from healthier sources ie almond butter, natural peanut butter, nuts, alongside plenty of supplements. The more rigid you are the better the results I just stacked the cards to a degree I knew I had to get the results I wanted and never wavered in my dedication.
    Good advice from redz there. I can't speak to the specifics of the pharmaceuticals, but diet and lifestyle is huge.

    I've had good luck with fasted cardio first thing in the morning - nothing crazy just like a brisk two mile walk. Cardio first thing in the AM impacts my weight workouts later, so I try to do that on non-weight training days. Alternately, I just work in a walk at the end of the weight work out. Might be a good time to invest in a heart rate monitor if you don't have one to make sure you are staying in the fat burning zone (or is heart rate training even a thing anymore?) It's slow as f@ck all but does help minimize muscle loss.

    You explicitly mention muscle but I'm guessing that you are concerned about giving up strength and power, too. If there weren't an advantage to adipose tissue, I imagine that most strong men would be lean. It's not impossible to big, strong, powerful and lean but when you focus more on one, then it naturally takes focus away from the others. Remember the old power lifter motto 'fat and strong?'

    Question for redz and really anybody else that can speak to it: is this a good scenario for var (with a test base)?

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