Bodybuilding is a very complicated sport. Actually, I would like to say that bodybuilding is a lifestyle. It is not a simple sport. Training in the gym is the easiest part of bodybuilding. Proper diet and good sleep are other aspects of bodybuilding that require a lot of attention. What is more, bodybuilding is the most expensive sport I know. So what is the main goal of people who are involved in bodybuilding? Whether a bodybuilder is in the bulking or cutting phase, building and preserving more lean muscles is the ultimate goal in this sport. If you are a bodybuilder, you definitely want to build some muscles. Then, when you got the desired outcome, you will definitely do everything in order not to lose your muscles.
I have been in these phases. I know how easily you can lose your muscles. It is very difficult to gain lean muscles. On the other hand, you can lose your muscles with absolutely no efforts. This is the biggest problem that exists in this wonderful sport. There are a lot of things that cause muscle loss. In today's article, I will describe some of them.
LONG TIME WITHOUT TRAINING
Muscles require regular usage. If you don't use them, you will lose them. Our body-system regards muscles as something absolutely unnecessary. On the opposite side, our body will do everything in order to preserve body-fat storages. This is a big problem for everyone who wants to have more muscles and less fat. While you build muscles, and then, do everything in order to preserve them, you struggle with your own organism. Our body-system always want to keep homeostasis (equilibrium). It always functions in the economy-regime. If there is something unnecessary in your body, your body-system will rapidly get rid of it.
Hence, muscles function according to a famous saying: "Use it or lose it!" If you do not train for a long period of time, you will lose your muscles. If your bulking season is finished and you want to solely preserve your muscles, one training a week will suffice to keep your muscle mass in tonus. I have tested this myself. When I train once a week, I usually keep all my muscles within several months. My bodyweight stays the same as long as I train at least once a week.
Thus, long time without training is one of the things that will make your body lose your muscles. If you really value your hardly-gained muscles, keep training at least once a week. Usually, three compound exercises will suffice to keep your muscles used and toned. These are bench press, barbell squats, and deadlifts. Also, lift some heavy dumbbells to keep your biceps' size the same.
A POOR DIET CAN CAUSE MUSCLE LOSS
To keep your weight constant, you will need to consume a particular amount of calories. Usually, this number is smaller than a number of calories you need to consume while bulking. For example, if your bodyweight is 230 lbs – 104 kg, you will need at least 5000 calories a day in order to gain more weight and muscles. If your bodyweight is 230 lbs – 104 kg and you want to simply keep this weight, you will need to consume at least 2500 calories a day in order not to lose anything.
A poor diet that sinks you into a calorie deficit will definitely make your body burn muscles for energy. When your body needs energy and you are not getting enough calories from your food, your body will start burning your muscles for the energy. Unfortunately, your fat storages will be untouched. If you have carefully read the above-mentioned information, you already know why the body loves burning muscles.
Hence, having a good diet is crucial in order not to lose your muscles. If your muscles mean a lot to you, keep eating and getting a required amount of calories your body needs t function properly. Otherwise, you will lose your muscles.
YOU WILL LOSE YOUR MUSCLES IF YOU GET ILL
I started training when I was in the 11th grade at school. That time, my shape was great. Approximately 200 lbs of lean muscles with 8% of body fat. Then, suddenly, I got chickenpox. During two weeks with this illness, I lose almost 15 lbs of lean muscles. This is a very serious thing. Diseases can destroy your muscles within a very short period of time. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do in order not to get ill. Viruses are everywhere. Thus, if God wishes, you will get AIDS even while sitting in a protected bunker.
A LONG RECOVERY AFTER A STEROID CYCLE
It is not a secret that all hardcore bodybuilders use anabolic steroids to gain muscle mass. Anabolic steroids build muscles very effectively and rapidly. At the same time, these compounds are not free of side effects.
All anabolic steroids are derivatives of male sex hormone testosterone. So when you ingest exogenous testosterone in your system, your natural testosterone production stops. Hence, during a steroid cycle, your balls that produce testosterone do not work. So if they don't work, they will definitely shrink. More time on a steroid cycle equals to a bigger testicular atrophy. Usually, short steroid cycle (4 weeks or less) do not lead to testicular atrophy. On the other hand, long steroid cycles that last 12, 16, 16 weeks or more will definitely lead to a serious testicular atrophy thereby making recovery of natural testosterone production more difficult.
If this recovery last too long and a person does not recover quickly, he will definitely lose some of his gains. Sometimes, people lose almost all muscles they've gained during their cycles.
These are the four main reasons why people lose hardly-gained muscles. Whilst it is very difficult to build muscles, it is extremely easy to lose them within a very short period of time. Therefore, we should be psychologically ready to lose our muscles at any time.