Flashy bikinis, six-pack abs and the clicking sound of cameras for your poses are great, but excelling in the world of women’s bodybuilding needs utmost discipline and sacrifice. You cannot involve yourself in bodybuilding if you don’t enjoy the process-passion, consistency and dedication are the most important things for a bodybuilder.
Very few women from India have taken up this male-dominated sport and the ones who have entered this field are shining like stars. Women love socializing, and this is almost next to impossible in this sport, especially during competitions. You even need to watch your macros, micros and salt intake and socializing can only be a dream under such rigid circumstances.
The Training & Nutrition Strategy
Sticking to diets, working out and leading a simple healthy lifestyle is a nightmare for foodies. Even when a person joins a weight loss program, he/she is reluctant to cut down on portions, avoid junk foods and follow a disciplined diet. When such is the case for a common man, what kind of sacrifices (food-wise, society-wise and personal life-wise) do these women bodybuilders undergo to achieve success?
The Bulk & Cut Phase
Bulking and cutting are words simply used to convey the building muscle and losing fat phase. Bulking is the better of the two phases where you are much relaxed while training. Though you train hard and eat smart/clean, it is not a painstaking phase. But, when you are at the juncture of the cutting phase, you train several times a day, reduce carbs intake drastically and increase the supplements and protein intake. Also, these athletes stop eating water, salt and carbs as they are nearing an event to look toned and firm. Only when these are done flawlessly, does an athlete get the perfect physique where each of her muscles are defined.
But the downside of all these training procedures is that, such competitive diets cannot be followed forever and if followed, they are going to attack your organs. Men are muscular and we all know that. What if a woman wants to build muscles? Its not an easy job! Women lack the testosterone hormone and cannot bulk up as easily as men. But bodybuilding is incomplete without muscles and resorting to harmful chemicals, steroids and hormones are what most of the bodybuilders rely on to become muscular.
An urge to win coupled with a desire to do well forces these bodybuilders to take up extreme measures (straining mentally and physically while training). Food, supplements, training and stay are all money-sucking factors and once the athlete dedicates her life for this sport, she is not going to stop until she achieves what she wants. It is the physical transformation only that is visible for other, but there are things beyond the physical appearance that is visible only to the athlete herself.
Such sports require personalized training and nutrition care that cannot be achieved on your own. You need to cut down all the bad fats and rely only on good fats. You must forego those delicious pastries, yummy cookies and chocolate bars. Partying with friends, going out on a dinner date or even a casual evening coffee is a distant dream for these bodybuilders who dedicate their life for excelling in this field. If you wish to train in this sport and if you are looking for a sports nutritionist/dietitian, registered dietitian nutritionists at www.firsteatright.com can help your dreams come true by guiding you with utmost sincerity with the right kinds of natural foods avoiding any of the steroid-driven supplements.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.