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Old 02-02-2014, 10:25 AM   #2
gymrat05
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Oh god, you're totally fine. if your performance has suffered it's because you've been sick. 4 days is nothing. I've taken two weeks off for bronchitis before. Generally, it's about 3-4 weeks of inactivity before you start to lose significant muscle mass and suffer performance losses…

But here's the good part - even if you were to undo all the work you had done getting back into shape would take about 1/3rd of the time it did originally because you've pre-conditioned your body.

In the grand scheme of things your body doesn't burn that many calories in the gym - unless you workout like you're on biggest loser. Most of your calories burned are from basal metabolic processes that keep happening even when you're lying in bed. The extra calories you "saved" from the gym probably just went to helping your body fight off the infection.
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