Written by Josh on November 3rd, 2010
I wanted to briefly write some thoughts on my post-contest diet struggle. In the past, I always ate whatever I wanted and actually tried to eat as much as I could. This time, however, I really wanted to maintain a somewhat lean physic during the offseason. I knew it was going to be tough.
It was tough… and again, a learning experience. The first week I tried to stay very lean… I stayed around 156 and stuck to a strict diet. Then I broke and I had a few days where I probably hit the 5,000 calorie mark. I jumped up to 173 at one point… but now I’ve been consistent at the 162-164 mark for a week+.
I learned a few things… one, you need to splurge… maybe a couple times, to get it out of your system – otherwise you’ll be constantly thinking about it. And two, add some variety – I just ate about 3 or 4 different foods for the last 6 months… it really helped when I added a lot of different, healthy foods to my diet – apples, cottage cheese, Greek yogurt, beef, mixed vegetables, etc. Three, moderation. Once you’ve splurged and you’re back on your good diet and you feel a craving for a cupcake – have it. I say, have one cupcake today so you’re not eating a whole cake tomorrow. But I also add it into my macro’s for the day. I don’t really have any specific macro’s that I’m trying to hit at this point, but I am tracking them and keeping them reasonable.