Sorry to disappoint anyone but…
I don’t believe in the ‘metabolic damage‘ that everyone is talking about.
These are my observations after years of training hundreds of figure competitors.
My observations are:
A) Competition training often involves many hours of training and calorie restriction in order to lose enough body fat to compete.
B) The metabolism will slow down when calories are restricted during contest prep and will increase again as a person increases their body fat after a show.
1) Competitors who continue to exercises moderately and increase calories moderately after a competition are able to maintain their body fat levels within normal and acceptable range.
2) Competitors who stop exercising, stop cardio, eat excessive amounts of carbohydrates will UNDOUBTEDLY gain body fat. The initial weight gain is water (7-10 lbs in the first 2 days) from overeating carbohydrates (each carbohydrate molecule attracts 3-4 molecules of water!). Competitors who continue to eat excessively (especially carbohydrates will fill up their fat cells fast.
BECAUSE CARBOHYDRATES ARE USHERED INTO BODY CELLS SHORTLY AFTER EATING THEM REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT YOUR CELLS NEED THE ENERGY. Your body has to do this to keep blood sugar levels down.
– You combine that (excessive carb intake) , with no training, no cardio + a slow metabolism from dieting… you will gain body fat fast
You must give your metabolism a change to speed up again and you must take the focus of your diet off eating carbohydrates …and include more fats and protein in place of those carbs.
Therefore you must begin introducing calories slowly back into your diet. Go ahead and eat like a crazy person for a few days after the show… it is good for you. BUT, then you have to reign it in. Eating boxes of Captain Crunch, jars of peanut butter or a gallon of ice cream (I’ve heard many many true confessions about what happens in the weeks after a show) etc.. is not a metabolic problem.
I’ve had many competitors who once complained about metabolic damage… who later competed again and then realized that they were able to maintain an acceptable weight after competition by just using common sense.
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