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    Does diet play a role in strength?

    I keep hearing that the way one eats has a big effect on someone's gains. By gains, do you people mean gains in size? Or both size and strength?
    I'm concerned about this because I didnt eat much for the past 2 weeks because my mouth was hurting after a dentist visit and my lifts dropped. You think not eating could've contributed to these drops?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LexusGS
    and my lifts dropped.

    Are you heightening?

    Yes, it does make a difference wrt strength. How did you lift, or live for that matter, for 2 weeks without eating????
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    im pretty sure i've stayed the same height, maybe grea 1/4 of an inch at the most. I did eat just not nearly as much as i used to before the dentist.

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    you can not CAN NOT gain mass without food.. your muscles have nothing to feed off. why do you think you get weaker when you cut down..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thermal2
    you can not CAN NOT gain mass without food.. your muscles have nothing to feed off. why do you think you get weaker when you cut down..

    he is asking about strength, not gaining mass.

    you don't neccessarily get weaker when you cut down. I am stronger now at 170 then I was at 200lbs.





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    Quote Originally Posted by P-funk
    he is asking about strength, not gaining mass.

    you don't neccessarily get weaker when you cut down. I am stronger now at 170 then I was at 200lbs.
    I think he means while you're cutting.

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    Sometimes I feel I dont have as much juice when cutting and as a result I have a slight drop in lifts.

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    if you arent eating properly then yes you strenght will suffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LexusGS
    I keep hearing that the way one eats has a big effect on someone's gains. By gains, do you people mean gains in size? Or both size and strength?
    Both! Food is the fuel that your muscles run on. If they don't get enough fuel they don't run well. Size is also affected. Without enough calories your body goes into what's called a catabolic state. In essence, it eats itself. Your body begins to burn muscle as fuel. That will obviously make you get smaller and weaker. The next time you go to the dentist stock up on protein powder. You can suppliment what little food you can eat with protein shakes to prevent you from losing too much weight/strength.
    Rules? You mean we have RULES for that???

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    if you are asking in terms of maximal strength, then the answer could be no as long as you kept training. but once we get to repping strength, food can have a huge impact on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yanick
    if you are asking in terms of maximal strength, then the answer could be no as long as you kept training. but once we get to repping strength, food can have a huge impact on it.
    It sounds like you're saying that food has zero effect on maximal strength so long as the training is kept up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    It sounds like you're saying that food has zero effect on maximal strength so long as the training is kept up.
    unless you take my statement to the extreme, like don't eat for a week and try to hit a max.

    missing a meal here and there won't do anything...look at powerlifters, they don't give a shit about their diet, they'll miss meals when they're too busy or they'll pig out at a buffet one day but none of that will stop em from hitting PR's when they feel good.
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    I always take things to the extreme. That's how you can tell if they'll work. I see what you're saying now though, but I disagree. I think the guys in the competitive weight classes (around 150-220 BW) do plan their diets quite carefully in order to stay competitive, especially those on the border of going to a different weight class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Squaggleboggin
    I always take things to the extreme. That's how you can tell if they'll work. I see what you're saying now though, but I disagree. I think the guys in the competitive weight classes (around 150-220 BW) do plan their diets quite carefully in order to stay competitive, especially those on the border of going to a different weight class.
    yea but how many people on here are competitive weightlifters/powerlifters and out of those how many are actually good enough to necessitate a strict diet so they won't have to lift in a higher/lower weight class?

    the only time i see something like what you're saying being relevant is when your competing on a world stage in front of thousand or millions of people and representing your team/country/coach w/e. for the rest of us, who are 99% doing this for fun none of that worrying over the details is needed.
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