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    Mr. Santana, I hope you are well.

    Do you find it optimal for an athlete to gain strength while in a cut, or modest caloric deficit - lets call it 200-300 calories a day - and if so, for what duration can these gains and weight loss typically last? Additionally, do you find it sub-optimal to train and eat this way since we know high-volume training is helpful for preserving existing muscle mass?

    Thank you

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    Depends. For an overweight novice this can work and work for a while. The closer you get to your ceiling the more you have to separate the two goals (getting stronger or losing fat)

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    Thanks for your answer sir. If I can throw in one more question, how do you prefer to measure and track the bodyfat of an athlete if you find that to be necessary? (e.g. they are a physique competitor)

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    Skinfolds are probably the most relevant for tracking purposes. I wouldn't worry about the fat percentage, I would focus on tracking the skinfold thickness and measuring consistently.

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