[Long post here…] Ok, so a lot of people talk about pre-contest prep, there are articles and information everywhere but what about the post-contest rebound? Well, not so much...
I was aware that I should gain weight after comp but even with all my mental preparation for that I still had moments where I found myself feeling too fat. Everybody knows that to keep contest body for a long time is not healthy, but to look in the mirror and see that you are not as lean as a few days ago can really mess up with your head.
It is a hard process because you should add calories little by little as your metabolism is slow, but at the same time you want to eat everything that you see in front of you… and at the same time you don’t want to lose your contest body! Oh man…
I should really be counting calories and add a little more each week, but I didn’t feel like doing it (too bad, I know), so Im trusting my instincts (dangerous point here). After the contest I had a massive dinner, then the other day was half good / half bad and after that I came back to my previous diet, with a few healthy add-ons (like quarter an avo, goat cheese, a banana...) and I have 1-2 cheat meals a week, that I try to keep not too crazy. Also I still keep training 5-6 times a week and drink at least 3 litres of water a day.
With that body fat is going up but I’m pretty sure I’m putting on lean mass too. My goal is to get to 49kg so still have 1kg to go… but who’s in a hurry?? 😛
The bottom line is that after feeling a bit ‘lost’ after competition I’m back on track and feeling much happier in having a more balanced life: eating things I like every now and then, being able to have a glass of wine on the weekends and skip a day at the gym if I have to… and I still can see my six pack 😛
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