With Spring Classic 9 weeks out, I'm seeing girls chatting about their post-comp stash boxes or as @jenniemayberry (the BEST posing coach in Ireland) would call them 'suicide boxes'. Here's my 2 cents on them:
I've done 2 shows now & have never rebounded- I got my metabolism into a really good place before deciding to compete & for that reason, my cut has never been drastic. If you're starting a cut on sub 1500 cals, where are you going to go as the weeks roll by & the plateaus roll in?! You have to either increase energy expenditure OR decrease caloric intake.
My cut started on well over 2000kcals & I haven't had a hungry day yet (period aside 🖓). So the first thing to be conscious of is your starting point. Fast forward 12, 14 or 16 weeks of dieting, your tired, hungry & depleted- if you have had to do a harsh cut (actually any cut for that matter), your hunger hormones are going to be ALL over the shop. Introduce hyperpalatable foods for the first time in weeks & do you think you have the willpower to withstand those cravings!? I don't know anyone that does, which is why I always keep a treat in each week so post-show, I'm not legging it off stage to nose-dive into boxes of donuts (I still have my treats!) 2 weeks after the show, your body is at its most susceptible to fat gain. Whilst a treat is grand, having HOARDS of food backstage or at home is going to almost guarantee a rebound as well as a dip in self-confidence- hello throwback after throwback, because let's face it, it can be massively depressing going from a lean-bean to a bean in a matter of weeks 🖓🖓 With 9 weeks to the big day, especially for the new girls, have a strategic plan in place for how you are going to reverse out of the day. Talk to your coach about it now- the prep weeks are the easy weeks, it's after the show when there is no pressure to look good on stage when the real discipline is needed. I can almost promise you the 5 mins on stage looking in peak condition is not worth the psychological AND physiological of the weeks after, if a reverse is not put in place 🖓
Prep smarter, not harder 😘😘