Your diet during SD

Discussion in 'Hypertrophy-Specific Training (HST)' started by sandmanss, Dec 8, 2005.

  1. sandmanss

    sandmanss New Member

    Wondering how most of you treat your diet during your SD phase. Do you keep it clean, lower the cals since activity levels are low or just take a break and eat whatever you wish?
  2. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    Keep protein intake the same as always and eat at maintenance to preserve muscle.
  3. baybars

    baybars New Member

    Why do we keep the protein intake?
  4. kfd

    kfd New Member

    No diet at all. I eat anything I want. I don't notice any negative consequences. The duration of SD is too short to cause some serious muscle loss.
  5. bodyguard

    bodyguard New Member

    You need your protein also during your SD, thats the time that your muscles are growing

    Keep growing
  6. Downward Spiral

    Downward Spiral New Member

    Your muscles aren't growing while you decondition.
  7. Totentanz

    Totentanz Super Moderator Staff Member

    Muscular growth would likely occur for the first few days after your last workout. The big thing is glycogen repletion. Sometimes your muscles will be fairly depleted until a few days into SD when suddenly they appear to swell up. I've had that happen once.

    As for me, it varies. I make sure to get a decent amount of protein, but I usually don't count calories too carefully during SD. Sometimes I keep packing in the food like I'm bulking, sometimes I eat roughly around maintenance.
  8. bodyguard

    bodyguard New Member

    Muscles grow for sure in SD and I can know that with my expierence ;)
  9. colby2152

    colby2152 New Member

    As Totentanz pointed out, your muscles shouldn't grow in SD except for the first few days after your last workout. Keeping protein intake at an ample amount should help prevent loss of muscle albeit the caloric intake is far more important.

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