If A Thin Guy Builds Enough Muscle, Can He Go Back To Being Thin Again?

Akash Sehrawat

2 min read | Dec 30, 2018

Q) If a thin guy builds muscle, can he return to being thin again?


You build muscle when you progressively overload with weights.


When I was thin, it was tough even to deadlift an empty bar, and now I can easily deadlift more than 300 lbs. As a result, I have gained more than 40 lbs of muscle.


Can I Become Thin Again?


Why on earth would I want to do that when I have worked my ass off in the gym for more than a decade unless I am an actor like Christian Bale or Aamir Khan and paid millions of dollars to either lose weight or gain weight to fit into the character played in the film?


I have also become habitual in lifting weights for a long time; I can’t help but go to the gym at least a few times a week.


It becomes very simple to maintain one’s muscle mass once you have to build it up to a certain point. What describes this phenomenon is a phrase called—’muscle memory.’ Muscle memory allows you to retain your muscle mass even if you don’t work out regularly.


Here is one piece of anecdotal evidence from Steve Reeves himself:


This is a write-up in his book Building The Classic Physique—The Natural Way (I highly recommend you pick up a copy):


Steve was asked how he prepared for his movie roles. At this time, he had been maintaining a body weight of 190–195 lbs which is heavy enough for his height—of 185cm. In his own words:


“I only needed one solid month of training to get back in shape. In fact, during one period when I was busy making movies, I only worked out one month a year.


At this point, I was living in Switzerland and had a boxer dog and during winter I would hike through the woods for a couple of hours a day. So, with the help of good nutrition, few hours of walk a day, the muscle I build up would stay with me for up to nine months afterwards.”


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About Akash Sehrawat

Akash is a creator of 25+ programs and certificate courses in which more than 200,000 students have enrolled both on Udemy and Fabulous Body's native platform. Akash is also an author of three books that can be found on Amazon. His answers on Quora have gathered more than 12 million views in less than a year.