Imagine for a second that your body is a machine; a means of production. This machine produces energy, which is expended in a various ways (lifting, labor, etc). Your body, just like a machine, needs to be treated well in order to maintain it's efficiency. Now, imagine that you take a machine, and run it day after day and neglect to maintain it; add oil, clean out the rust, etc. Production would not be a problem, as a matter of fact there will be greater amounts of production. However, the longevity of the machine will diminish, thus not benefiting productivity in the long run. If the machine was carefully maintained frequently, it would have run much longer and ultimately would have produced more. The human body is the same way. If you don't maintain it, then it's not going to last very long. You can build big muscles as fast as you want while feeding your body unclean fuel, and even build muscle faster than if you were to eat selectively. But, longevity is being sacrificed.
I believe that by fueling the body properly; avoiding highly processed foods, most supplements, toxic chemicals, and unnatural foods, then the body can produce more energy in the long run. For me, in terms of bodybuilding, I think that by slowing down my pace of production in exchange for providing my body the right foods, I will be able to do what I love for a longer period of time, and ultimately do what I love more effectively.
#tldnr - eat clean, it's worth it.
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Don't expect to stay full if your plan is to get as lean as possible!
People will often say they're flat even at the onset of the dieting phase. The truth is, you're just not as full as you once were, so what?
Oftentimes you'll look less impressive before you start to look more impressive. If you are starting to look and feel deflated and your diet and training are on point, then you're doing it right!
There's a few helpful things that you can to minimize the "flatness" though...
1) Don't drop all your carbs at once. Unless you have a substantial amount bodyfat to lose (30 lbs or more), you don't have to drastically reduce carbs. It's better to lower them incrementally to keep your progress going at a steady rate.
2) Stay hydrated! This should go without saying but sometimes it's missed. 64 oz is a general population recommendation, however with extra protein and the diuretic effect that comes with additional water intake, smaller competitors (bikini and bodybuilders under 150 lb) need between 96-128 oz per day. I personally do 150-200 oz per day.
3) Keep using creatine monohydrate. Just because you are cutting doesn't mean you should drop this gem out of your regimen. If you are truly contest lean, then taking CM will NOT blur your look, particularly if it's pure!
Looking flat should be an expectation of contest prep. It shouldn't be a constant state, but it does happen! #bodybuilding#bodybuilder#physique#classicphysique#pumped#muscle#flexible#gainzzz#prepcoach#contestprep#npcindiana#npcnaturalindiana#naturalbodybuilding#backdoublebicep#lean#ripped#shredded#fitfam#trainhard#trainsmart#trainhealthy