I’ve been asked this question a lot of times and every time my answer is – NO! Carb loading and dehydration is a big NO NO. But what DOES work is Carb Cycling.
You see, carb cycling is awesome. But it you are one week away from your figure show then you should not be doing carb loading and depletion. Carb loading is a surefire way to kiss that trophy goodbye.
If you want to lose body fat before your show then one really good way to accomplish that is by Carb Cycling. I found this out even before I became a figure coach. You see my clients (non figure competitors) used to go off their regular diet for 3 to 4 days and they would gain some weight back. BUT… as soon as they went back onto their diet they lost that weight AND…here’s the best part…they lost a few extra pounds on top of that! So I’m a firm believer in Carb Cycling. All my girls that I train do it.
For those of you who don’t know what it is, Carb Loading / Depletion is a method where you try to “fill” your muscles in before your show by forcing carb and water into your system days before the show. Usually this is done by first drinking minimal amount of water and then drinking heavily. But trust me when I tell you that there’s Scientific Research that shows that this doesn’t work. But a lot of figure competitors have gotten it in their head that this is a “must do” thing before a show for some odd reason that they don’t even know of. Don’t do it cos you THINK it’ll help. I’m telling you now, it doesn’t help.
Dehydration will just suck the water out of your muscles and let me tell you it’ll make you look FAT. If you were a male bodybuilder then your physic will be forgiving and you can get away with it. But NOT you, the female figure competitor. You MUST have full muscles on the day of your show. I’ve heard coaches and trainers tell competitors to dehydrate to get the water from “under the skin” lol. Fact: There is NO WATER under your skin, If you appear to be too “smooth” on the day of your competition then it’s not cos you have “water under the skin” but because you’ve got FAT under your skin! Read that sentence again! Go ahead. I’ll wait. OK now remember that! If you want to get LEAN then you have to stick to workouts and diet. There’s no magic bullet at the 11th hour the day before the show. If you’re not ready the week before the show – YOU ARE NOT READY! There’s no potion or pill that can help you at this later stage. So make sure you do it right from the start.
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