2,5 weeks post show 💫
My weight (which was at 44,1kg/97,2lb this morning) has been fluctuating between 43.7kg (96.4lb) and 45.1kg (99.4lb) (post all-you can eat sushi) the past week which is not much above stage weight (43.6kg/96.3lb). For reference I’m 5’1 and I’m currently doing a reverse diet, meaning I’m steadily increasing my calories and decreasing my cardio with the goal to increase my metabolic rate.
That my weight is still quite low is actually a good sign as I've already increased carbs by around 80g, fats by around 10g & had 3 completely untracked days eating between 3000-4000cal.
For most competitors the weeks & even months post show are freaking tough because following a competition your body begins to naturally drift away from that "perfect physique“. The package you bring on stage is simply not maintainable & whilst it looks great and is super instagrammable of course - a certain amount of body fat is ESSENTIAL for a healthy body. Post-competition blues is a serious issue especially because many first-time competitors go into their first competition not even being aware of it.
When you prepare months for a show, you always have this end goal & deadline you work towards. This gets you through the difficult times of prep and helps you to stay focused. You also go through a transformation that only few people will ever experience & you get used to your body being very lean.
For months you see your body “improving“ & when the day of the competition arrives (and regardless of the outcome) at the end of the day, it’s over! The next day you wake up & that 1st meal or cardio session is not a "must" anymore. All of a sudden you don't have a „deadline" anymore.
I think that’s why it’s so important to set offseason goals & to realize that bodybuilding should NOT to be "outcome based“. It’s a lifestyle and an on-going process to improve & work on yourself. Setting new goals, e.g.strength or performance related, and especially reverse dieting are a great way to avoid some of the common pitfalls you see with almost everyone who competes(eating disorders, hormonal problems, body dysmorphia, mental/emotional issues). ➡️contiued in comments👇