I fell into the dangerous area of over dieting during my show prep last year. I was 61.5kg on stage at the British Finals 2013, and 58kg on stage in the same category a year later. It wasn't a good loss. I looked smaller than the year before, I also couldn't pump my muscles at all all day as they were so over depleted, and had been for too long. I simply got itwrong. I had been fixated on loosing pockets of muscles and was over-training and under-eating to remove them...forgetting that I was loosing a lot of muscle during this process, and the fat pockets?..no, they were in fact skin and water which had covered my previously filled muscles.
When I finally managed to fill out these areas again when I started eating properly, these same area were so tight, all I could pinch was paper thin skin. I should of eaten more...much more during my prep.
A friend recently told me she was prepping for a show in Bikini class, she stays lean and is already looking good and then she told me it wasn’t until the back end of the year? She was already eating minuscule portions. She would disappear by then!
It is so easy to get lost in what needs to be done in this sport. The diet is a science, not simple starvation. You rarely get it right first time. There is no secret. You have to keep trying different foods, macros, and workouts and keep fine tuning. There is no one definite rule that works for everyone. And also, sometimes even when you find one that works...it may not give you the same results a second time, as our bodies are forever changing.
It can be frustrating and de-motivating to know this..but you need to be prepared.
It is about finding out what YOUR own personal body needs nutritionally, to maintain your muscle you spend years building, and finding a way that works for you to burn fat at the same time, whether that be by simply your diet in some cases, or walking, or HIIT or fasted morning cardio alongside a macro counted diet and for it all to come together..hopefully on the one day you are on stage showing yourself in your crowning glory.
You learn so much about yourself every time you show prep. Mentally and physically. It never ceases to amaze me the power of nutrition and a healthy fitness regime. How it can effect your work rest and play. Prepping reminds you how strong you are, how determined you are, what an individual you are, that you have ambition and are in control of your temptations, and have a reason and a goal and a plan of action for you to achieve a dream.
That's why I do it. Over and over again. I have a lot of dreams to achieve.
Have a great weekend. Terri x