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Mission Qualification: Adding on a Few Pounds

Besides the photo gallery…the most popular thing people appear to seek on my website is information about my diet and other women’s physique competitors’ diets.  It’s not all that surprising people want information about diet since diet is over 70% of the equation to having the right physique.

However, what people really need to realize is that there are no one size fit all answers to the diet question and unfortunately, ignorance runs prevalent like this request I received on Bodybuilding.com

“There is alot of “theories” on diets so Im trying to compile accurate day before and day of competition diets on women competitors. Would you mind sending me what you use and the timing of each??”

There are so many reasons why such a request for information shows complete ignorance and also arrogance.  First, as I always say – PEOPLE MAKE A LIVING DOING DIETS FOR COMPETITIORS. This obviously includes my coach so I won’t simply hand out the diet he did for me to some stranger on BB.com.

Second. My day before and my day during competition diet means absolutely nothing if you had no idea of what my diet was prior to the competition and what look I was trying to obtain for the competition.

Third.  Ties in to point 2 again.  My diet was planned for me.  My diet is not likely to yield the same results for another competitor.

I often get asked in the gym and on the street what my diet is like and my typical answer is: “ It depends what stage of prep I’m in”.

Adding on a Few Pounds

So for example, I was told by the judges I was too lean and needed a fuller look next time I step on stage.  I could use to “gain a couple of pounds”…which is why yesterday my coach doubled my carbs on my training days.  At first I thought this was unexpected but then I started to think more about it – how was I going to put on a couple more pounds if not through increasing my food?!?

I follow my coach’s instructions and he’s a busy man, so for the most part; I don’t ask a whole lot of questions since I trust him explicitly.  However, in hindsight I see now what he’s doing.

First set of instructions after the comp and him knowing I needed to add a couple of pounds was getting the green light to have my bagel and sushi the Sunday after the show and then to return to my diet but drop my cardio from 50 x 7 to 30 x 5.  First set of pics were sent in the following Tuesday.  Weight had not increased, therefore, I was allowed a cheat meal that Friday with an update due Monday. Monday weight increased by about a pound but I was also retaining water.  That’s when he said to go ahead and double my carbs on my training days.  The process is VERY systematic. The changes are subtle so the desired outcome is reached but not overshot.

Quick comparison and recap, when I was getting ready for the Camellia Championship around this time my coach dropped all my carbs and cheat meal.  Now, carbs have doubled and cheat meal is staying in. Complete opposite. At any given time you cannot go by my diet and think following it will get you the same physique I have because my physique keeps changing.  What me and my coach aim to achieve is also a moving target in order to get me closer into the bullseye and what will keep getting me victories.

You know what I believe.  If you are serious about competing – invest in a knowledgeable coach to do your diet for you.  It’s a science best left to professional vice trying to piece meal it together.

Oh…and to explain the picture used for the post.  My coach likes red meat but after taking my nutrition class and seeing the documentaries on feed lots for cows I had developed an aversion for red meat. Let’s just say I am now spending the extra money for grass fed beef.  It’s better for my health and conscience.  As it so happens, it’s also all he eats.