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If you’re cutting down to very low levels of body fat then yes, you’re probably going to sacrifice a bit of muscle in the process.
However, it’ll be a very slow process and it shouldn’t be overly significant if your training and nutrition is properly dialed in.
When most people complain about how they’re “losing a lot of muscle” on a cut, it usually has little to nothing to do with actual muscle loss.
Instead, it’s the simple fact that they weren’t carrying nearly as much muscle as they thought in the first place.
They implemented a crappy bulking approach consisting of highly suboptimal training combined with an excessively large calorie surplus… and proceeded to pile on a bunch of body fat and water bloat which they mistook for being primarily muscle.
Then they shifted into a deficit and dropped a good chunk of the fat and excess water weight – but since they now just look like a smaller version of their bulked up self without any real added definition – they conclude that what they lost was muscle.
The truth is that implementing a proper muscle sparing cut is not that complicated.
Drop into a deficit (how aggressive you go with it is mainly personal preference), continue training as normal, and keep your protein intake up.
Obviously there are other details involved, but that’s the majority of it.
If you’re losing a “large amount of muscle” while cutting, it’s probably not actually muscle.
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