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When I transition into an offseason, I focus on increasing my carbohydrates and fats slowly each week. This is a process called reverse dieting. I do this slowly so it gives my body an opportunity to build my metabolism up and balance out hormones again, whilst staying reasonably lean, and not putting on any significant amounts of body fat. My off season diet is still mainly whole foods, but I never say no to a social event, like brunch, dinner birthday parties etc. My favourite foods are burgers, beef schnitzel, breakfast cereals, mangos and a good old traditional Aussie sausage sizzle. During my offseason, I make sure I fit these favourite foods into my week when I feel like it because it’s good for your mindset.
I weight train 5 days a week with two rest days included in my week. Cardio is minimal. I enjoy going for walks in the morning. This helps to clear my mind. Sometimes, I will do HIIT on the stationary bike in our gym at home. When I train hard I ensure that I have plenty of carbs before and after training for energy and to aid in recovery. When I have rest days, I lower my carbohydrate intake, and increase my fats for the day, and eat 1 meal less.
Everyone is different. That’s the benefit of investing in a coach that can provide you with nutrition guidance that is specific to you and your goals. For myself personally, the lack of nutritional knowledge when I first started my fitness journey was my demise. I under ate significantly and my metabolism slowed down and my body went into survival mode. Under eating is the worst diet I have ever tried.
As the saying goes, if you have a Ferrari, you don’t just keep it in the garage… After all the weeks of training, dieting and discipline, you want to show off the body you have earned. I won’t lie - the stage has pushed me out my comfort zone, but once you are up there, it is the best adrenaline rush!
My immediate plans are first to enjoy a healthy lifestyle with balance. Then, I will continue to challenge myself in the gym and push myself to achieve my fitness goals. Having finished my courses, I am excited to share my knowledge with others and coach them to become the best versions on themselves while assisting them to achieve their goals.