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We are talking about people who are novices or early intermediates. There's no question that if you are advanced (i.e you are close to your genetic potential), you will lose muscle unless you take juice of course.

I have read on many blogs that whenever you are in a cutting phase, you will lose muslce no matter what your training experience is. Many coaches say otherwise. They say that people who eat enough protein (1gm/lb), are in a moderate caloric deficit (20-25%) and do resistance training 3 - 5 times per week gain muscle even when in a deficit if the trainee is a novice or an early intermediate.

Which one of these claims is true?

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    You also have to factor in the amount of time you stay at the deficit, and the body fat % you're at. I went from 22 to 10% BF and gained a few kg of lean mass (some of it muscle) on a deficit in my first year as a beginner. I don't think the result would be the same if I started at 10%.
    – Luciano
    Commented Jul 19, 2022 at 18:49

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