|In this Article I would like to discuss a proven strategy of how an off-season bodybuilder can shed the excess pounds of fat while maintaining his hard earned muscle mass to achieve top condition and look his best. However if you are looking for a premium service where you can get an exact plan done for you, see our personalised bodybuilding diet plan section. section. While there are many great fat burning supplements available, however in this instance I would like to talk about the diet side of things. Now if you're thinking that I am going to give you the exact details to do this, and simply outline a pre-contest plan that everyone can follow then think again. Rather I want to explain how to adapt a pre-contest diet strategy based on your current individual off-season diet plan in order to maximise and fulfil your potential. For example if you are currently eating 700 grams of carbs off-season, then it is unrealistic for me to say that you should cut back to 200 grams of carbs for your pre-contest diet. Therefore I will discuss how to devise a pre-contest diet plan that you can tailor to your own individual needs.
|Firstly I would like to point out that, the more consistent you
are off-season, the easier it should be to make changes and see results
pre-contest. For example if you eat six meals with the same amount of calories,
protein, carbs and fat, day in day out off-season. Then come pre-contest you
simply cut back your fat and carb intake, by decreasing the fat and carb content
of each meal, keeping your protein fixed, start doing three cardio sessions a
week, then watch how your how body responds, you will see and feel the
difference in your physique. Therefore I recommend that you sort out your
off-season preparation before you think about your pre-contest plan. Your
off-season and pre-contest should work in conjunction with each other to ensure
that you reach your full bodybuilding potential and keep on improving.
|By now you should be realising that what works for one person
may not work for another. Therefore the pre-contest diet plan that you should be
using, should not be one used by "professional bodybuilder A" just
because he always gets ripped, but one that is tailored to your metabolism, and
meets your specific requirements. So lets get down to the "nitty gritty" of fat burning.
This really doesn't have to be rocket science - we don't need to get into each
possible cellular function, or anything else complicated. Simply put losing weight is all about calories.
|For example if you require 2000 calories a day, to
do everything that you do, go to work, do your exercise, etc etc, and you eat
2000 calories every day - then your body weight will remain constant. You will neither
gain or lose weight. If you do however start consistently eating less than 2000
calories then you will lose bodyweight, and conversely if you consistently eat
more than 2000 calories a day then you will gain weight. The rate at which you lose
or gain weight will be determined by the amount of calories you cut back
on or eat. So if you cut back on calories and start losing weight, how long
will your body be able to lose weight for? I cannot give a definitive time
bound answer to this. Your body will keep losing weight until it has reached a
weight that can be maintained by your new calorific intake. Thus not only will
you have lost weight, but you will also have decreased your body's daily
To summarise so far - we now know how to lose weight. However
we are not concerned with just losing weight - we specifically want to burn fat
while holding on to precious muscle tissue. So how do we do this? As mentioned
before the more consistent your off-season, the smoother your pre-contest should
be. Thus off-season if you are eating enough protein to not only repair your
muscles, but to allow then to grow, then you won't need to change the amount of
protein you eat pre-contest. To temporarily go off topic, many bodybuilders tend
to eat more protein pre-contest than they do off-season, thinking that it will
help spare their muscle tissue when they drop their carbs low. If you look at
the primary function of protein to a bodybuilder - it is used to repair and
build muscle - not as fuel for your body like carbohydrates.
pre-contest when you are eating less calories than your body needs, it makes no
sense to eat more protein than you do off-season. Firstly you will not be
building any muscle tissue, secondly if you drop your carbs and increase your
protein you are effectively eating the same amount of calories anyway. You are
have already lowered your carbohydrate and fat intake, this combined with cardio
will burn the fat away. So lets keep the protein fixed. As for your carbs, I
suggest initially dropping them by around 15% depending on your metabolism. To
really fine tune this, it is trial and error, always document what you are doing
and assess your progress, not only using the weighing scales but the mirror,
fat callipers and also photo's. This way you are getting an overall view of your
progress. If you feel that you are losing too much weight too soon and you feel
that your strength is getting sapped, then maybe you aren't eating enough carbs
- in which case increase them. Again this is trial and error, to learn what
works best for you and to fine tune things to your metabolism.
As for fat, we don't
want to eliminate it all together, but I would recommend eating anywhere between
50 - 80grams daily regardless of your metabolism or weight. Good sources of fat
would be a couple of egg yolks, Extra Virgin Olive oil/Safflower oil/Flax oil or Almond oil.
NATURAL peanut butter, avocado pears and oily fish such as Salmon or Mackeral. Please
remember that there are different types of fat, stay clear of butter, lard
and other saturated and hydrogenated fats.
Flax oil (linseed oil) in particular has an excellent profile of omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. These types of fats will actually help metabolic process within the body that speed fat loss, instead of being stored as body fat. Since fat has 9 calories per gram, Flax oil can provide you with an excellent source of energy. Thus if you are smart about using these fats in your diet you can drop your carbs a little lower than usual and burn more body fat.