- 02-16-2013, 12:43 PM
What's up Gents? I am looking for some advice on keeping as much muscle mass as possible without being able to lift. I had surgery yesterday to repair an inguinal hernia and therefore will be out of commission in the gym for at least 3-4 weeks. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on the best way to preserve my current muscle mass while unable to lift? Obviously, I know it's impossible to not lose any, but want to keep it to as little as possible. Specifically I'm wondering what my macros should look like and what, if any, supplementation should I look at? Is it even worth continuing whey and creatine supplemetation? Any advice is appreciated...Thanks.
- 02-16-2013, 01:57 PM
I have a very easy time holding on to muscle on a low carb diet with plenty of protein. Secret is that without carbs insulin runs lower and HGH tends to stay higher which preserves muscle mass nicely plus as a bonus you will heal faster too.
- 02-16-2013, 02:11 PM
02-16-2013, 08:47 PM
I'd say no. Now is a good time to cycle off creatine and let the body heal and rest.
02-16-2013, 09:29 PM
02-17-2013, 09:07 AM
Yeah. I guess it's more of a mental thing for me. I don't like going 3 or 4 days without lifting much less 4 weeks. I feel like I will starting at square one by then. Would just like to maintain without putting on fat. Thanks for the input fellas.
02-17-2013, 09:35 AM
02-17-2013, 09:49 AM
02-17-2013, 10:20 AM
I haven't looked into it since i had mine done, maybe the procedure has advanced since then. It feels like it get irritated (like a pulling sensation) or maybe some nerve damage in the area or something. Never severe, but it will definitely remind me that it is there.
It usually only happens during squats anymore, but i'd say at least one set a month is interrupted by it. For instance last week it hit during a set, reracked the weight, waited a second and tried again - no pain then or the rest of the session
02-23-2013, 06:28 PM
Id shoot for just keeping your weight up, rather than worrying about muscle while your not training. If you can keep your weight the same then when you get back to training your body will re set itself muscularly.
02-24-2013, 07:10 AM
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