Eating for Contest Shape…

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Question: I would like to find out if I could get into really good contest shape. What is the difference between a low carb diet and a plan someone would use to get into contest shape?
Answer: Whether or not you actually want to enter a competition or just look like you could, contest dieting is a whole different experience. To be successful, you need to have a clear picture of how much fat you want to lose. Set time limits just as you would have if you were competing. Time limits create a sense of urgency and an ending point. The picture of how you want to look needs to be in your mind as you start but that picture will change some as you see your body change. What begins as a fit body with your photo-shopped head on it will morph into a leaner, more toned version of you. These two items are important because without a clear goal and an end point the whole experience becomes “Groundhog Day” where you continue to do the whole thing over and over until you just stop. You realize that this training/dieting experience is a learning opportunity about yourself and how others perceive you. You’ll realize how much you have to change on the inside before the change appears on the outside. Set your mind and will on a goal and your body will follow. Finally, all these things you learn about training, dieting and yourself are best reinforced when you share them and teach them to others.
Give yourself 2 to 3 weeks to really get on track and stick to the diet. It gets clean to an extreme. Food selections are narrowed down to what you really need to have to train. work and function highly effectively. You will need to get the necessary sleep each day to recover from training. Water will become your primary fluid eliminating soda and artificial sweeteners. Carbs are set on a “YO-YO” cycle. That means 2 to 3 days of low carbs followed by a day of high carbs. The carbs you get are low-glycemic index carbs during the day except after training. Mostly it is broccoli, asparagus and leafy green veggies along with yams or oatmeal. Protein is maintained at a minimum of 1 gram per pound of bodyweight choosing lean sources like poultry, fish and lean meats. Eventually it may become eggs and fish unless you have reactions to either. Fats are only those from healthy sources like egg yolks and raw nuts. Oddly enough, once you are acclimated to the foods you will look forward to each and every meal all the way until you reach the end date. After that you may find it difficult to look at the same foods again for a while. It can be a life changing experience in several ways.
God bless and keep training,
Daryl

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