I dont know why GAINS are necessary post cycle? The whole poing of on cycle is gains, post cycle is preservation and (the key word) SOLIDIFICATION OF SIAD GAINS. There only so much that can be gained and the managed effectively at one time. I lost no more than 2 pounds of 20 (water) and solidified my gains really well. I would not hav cared to gain anymore at that point considering I had SOOO much new weight to work with as it was. My goal post cycle is to simply solidfy my new gains and give my tendons, joints, etc. time to adjust to the new load.