Keep the Lean Body Mass
Studying how to retain lean body mass.
Many trained athletes struggle with retaining lean body mass when reducing caloric intake, and an international research group reviewed 15 studies to determine whether increasing volume or intensity could help prevent losses. Since the reporting lacked sufficient detail, researchers could not make a definitive recommendation. However, they concluded that higher volumes of resistance training with lower loads seemed better for female athletes for preserving lean body mass. Other issues that appear to impact muscle preservation during calorie restriction include training experience and pre-diet exercise volume, with women, on average, retaining more than men.
The study is published in the European Journal of Applied Physiology (2022; doi:10.1007/s00421-022-04896-5).
See also: Optimizing Women’s Strength Training