I know it’s only been a little over a week since my show, but for some reason it feels like an ETERNITY has gone by already.
Maybe because of Daylight Savings… Ha! It always messes me up.
So, onto post-show status. If you have heard anything about bikini competitions like I have from researching them before actually jumping into one, you may have heard that post-show is basically all downhill for the competitor.
I’ve heard anything from people gaining 30 pounds in ONE WEEKEND, to serious binges, depression, and so much more. Not going to lie, that scared me once my show was over.
The verdict? The day after my show I actually woke up a half pound lighter. This was after eating all my meals throughout the day, candy, and a nice big meal of cheeseburger, sweet potato fries, cheese and broccoli, and red wine. I didn’t go crazy post-show, I just ate my meal and was satisfied.
I guess that fueled my metabolism and caused me to lose a half-1 lb. Cool! The next day I was back on my macros from before my peak week. Since then, I have felt absolutely NO need or urge to binge, I haven’t felt restricted, I haven’t felt depressed, and I kept waking up leaner and lighter for some odd reason.
I’ve already increased 30 grams of carbs, and about 8-10 grams of fat and am still under stage weight. Crazy, right? Now of course I most likely will not stay this weight, which is fine. I want to gain weight! BRING ON THE FOOD hahaha. I have improvements I want to make, and you can’t gain muscle without food and an increase in numbers 😉 I can’t wait to see the progress I make throughout my reverse diet!
Here is a raw, unedited progress shot of me to show you that post show doesn’t have to be some scary, depressing time, where you gain all the weight back you lost.
I attribute this to the fact that I followed a flexible approach my entire prep. I was never restricted, and ate whatever I wanted. I also did not deplete my sodium or water which is why people usually blow up post competition.
If you are ever looking into competing, or just any type of fitness program, PLEASE do things the right way. You want it to be a part of your lifestyle and a change for life – not a quick fix that ends up harming you in the long run. Doing anything too fast will cause more harm than good, I can assure you that.
Have you heard any post-show horror stories?
Have you reverse dieted before?