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are deload weeks/off weeks worth it?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 14, 2013 at 6:35 PM

is deloading taking a week off after 10-12 weeks of lifting/interval training 6 days a week worth it in the long run? because everytime i take a week off i gain like 10-15 pounds.

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on April 16, 2013
at 10:16 PM

how is 6 times a week split between lifting and intervals?

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on April 15, 2013
at 01:03 AM

Right now the hormonal environment you foster will decide how the next 10 years of physical development will go. Tax your CNS and suppress your endocrine system for long enough and your body will not just bounce back -you may end up in testosterone replacement therapy long before you're due. The muscle and bone density gains you can make between the ages of 19-25 by properly eating, lifting and resting will be more than the rest of your life combined, and these gains tend to linger with minimal maintainence. Keep the nutrition and rest flowing. You still have one final growth spurt left.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Hi Body Food Kitchen, when you speak of people in a certain age bracket being able to build lean and bone mass that lasts for a while, what is that bracket? I'm 21, aware that bones get developed around this age and deposition of calcium scales back in a few years. Very interested in what you have to say. (Haven't got a lot of lean mass at this moment- your notion of 'window of opportunity' really interests me) Any links/further things that could say? Cheers, Michael.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:57 PM

19 years old.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:49 PM

and how old are you please?

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:42 PM

whats hormone therapy? sports performance, and having a lean frame to perform well

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i usually eat in a surplus to help with putting on LBM, but the other 10 or so weeks im eating 500 or so below maintenence

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on April 14, 2013
at 06:49 PM

10 pounds in one week is problematic. Have you figured out what is causing that?

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:15 PM

i asked about hormone therapy because a man over 30 could not train 6 days a week on a caloric deficit. so at 19 your body is naturally producing all the testosterone and hgh you will need. but it will give you a whole lot more with adequate food and rest. with 6 days of weight training and a lack of nutrition you are significantly limiting hormone production, and it's the hormone levels that will yield the biggest dividends.

having an off week, or deloading as you put it, every ten rigorous weeks is not nearly enough rest. and the very question you pose is whether or not that week off is worth it. but ask yourself if the results you are seeing between this week and last, or last and the one before, are any different? my guess is that you're up against a wall. with a 6 day training regimen and a caloric deficit you are telling your body there is scarcity, famine. when your body is in scarcity it doesn't build muscle or shed calories. muscle becomes the liability and fat becomes the asset.

if it were me, at 19 years old, i would take two to three weeks off completely, maybe partake in a jog twice a week. allow my CNS to recover, my hormone levels to rise and regulate, and my metabolism to pick back up. and i would spend that time reading up on proper training technique and nutrition. you have a 3-5 year window to literally build a body that will retain most of it's skeletal and muscular structure until you are an old man. use this window wisely, learn how to do it right, and you will never have to deload again in your life.

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on April 14, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Hi Body Food Kitchen, when you speak of people in a certain age bracket being able to build lean and bone mass that lasts for a while, what is that bracket? I'm 21, aware that bones get developed around this age and deposition of calcium scales back in a few years. Very interested in what you have to say. (Haven't got a lot of lean mass at this moment- your notion of 'window of opportunity' really interests me) Any links/further things that could say? Cheers, Michael.

5983854773a45b09a77a09ee97bdef42

on April 15, 2013
at 01:03 AM

Right now the hormonal environment you foster will decide how the next 10 years of physical development will go. Tax your CNS and suppress your endocrine system for long enough and your body will not just bounce back -you may end up in testosterone replacement therapy long before you're due. The muscle and bone density gains you can make between the ages of 19-25 by properly eating, lifting and resting will be more than the rest of your life combined, and these gains tend to linger with minimal maintainence. Keep the nutrition and rest flowing. You still have one final growth spurt left.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:38 PM

Michael, I answered the bloating question yesterday. I would like to get clear on your training. As I understand it, you'r training 6 days a week and you're running 500 cals under maintenance? Are you running some kind of hormone therapy alongside? What's your objective? Thanks.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:57 PM

19 years old.

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on April 14, 2013
at 10:42 PM

whats hormone therapy? sports performance, and having a lean frame to perform well

5983854773a45b09a77a09ee97bdef42

on April 14, 2013
at 10:49 PM

and how old are you please?

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