Losing strength while trying to lose weight

Hi all,

Just wanted to run a few things past the board and see if I could get some pointers.

I’ve gain a ton of fat, although kept training for the most part.

Squat 210kg
Dead 225kg
Bench 120kg (lol)

So as of early feb I decided to lose weight.

I’ve been eating less and moving more. My starting weight was 257lbs I’m now at 248lbs and I’m starting to feel a lot of strength loss, more so in my bench press.

Today I couldn’t even bench 100kg for more than one rep.

I’m always feeling tired and it’s so hard for me to do compounds anymore, I’m half tempted to just bicep curl and call it a day.

What can I do to battle this?

Fyi for diet I am doing the ‘sweat’ diet plan by Kayla something or other, my girlfriend wanted to do it so we’re dieting together. It’s very different to my usual eating habits, less food in general and more veg. Also less meat lol had about 4 veggie days last week. I’m losing a lot of weight but I feel deflated and soft, I feel fatter now than before I lost 9 lbs lol

Any ideas? Would eating more carbs on training days work better?



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