Figure competition diet plans can be hard to figure out unless you’ve got the experience of a proven diet plate by an amazing figure coach. That’s exactly what I had in my coach – Terry Stokes!
Please watch the video below to learn about how I won my Figure Competition
While I was training for my figure competition, my figure coach Terry was the main reason I was able to get into my figure contest shape. Terry developed a figure competition diet plan which is a proven system of diet and exercise that decreases body fat while maintaing muscle… leading to a toned and tight physique, but in order to do that I had to answer the million dollar question…
“Why is it so doggone hard for women to lose weight and keep it off?”:
We all know that men and women are different in many ways, but when it comes to weight loss, it is painfully obvious, that women get the short end of the stick. The simple fact is: It is more difficult for women to lose weight! There are always exceptions to the rule. A small percentage of women are genetically gifted, they have low body fat and nice muscle tone, without putting forth a whole lot of effort (it’s ok to hate these people just a little bit).
But for the majority of women, losing weight is a difficult task.
1.) Women naturally have more body fat – women naturally have almost twice as much body fat as men.
Fat is necessary for the production of estrogen and to help nourish a growing fetus. Many women carry the majority of their body fat in their lower body. This fat is usually the last to go when losing weight and the first place you see it when you gain weight. Depending on genetics some women may carry more fat in their arms or abdominal area.
2.) Wrong exercises – the biggest correctable problems I see that prevents women from losing weight is using exercises that will never produce results. Sometimes the weights are not heavy enough to produce any type of changes in the body. Other times the exercises being performed don’t burn enough calories to help you achieve your goals. The majority of your exercises should involve multiple muscle groups and/or large muscle groups (legs, back and chest)
3.) Lack of intensity – As your conditioning improves, you MUST increase your intensity. In other words, you should challenge yourself every workout by using weights and performing exercises that force your body to change. If your body adapts to the same exercise routine, your progress will come to complete standstill!
Here area few ways to increase the intensity of your workout:
a. Use heavier weights
b. Increase the pace of your workout (do the same workout in a shorter period of time)
c. Increase the intensity of you cardio workout (ex. If it takes you 30 minutes to run 3 miles try to run 3 miles in 28 min, then 27 min etc.), the idea is not to necessarily work out longer ..but harder!
4) Afraid of getting ‘bulky’ – this is a very lame excuse for not working out hard, very few women have the genetics to build excessive muscle – evidenced by the lack of ‘bulky’ women walking around the gym. Working out hard and eating correctly, results in a tight, toned, aesthetically pleasing body, not bulkiness.
5) Carb heavy diet – eating too many carbs and not enough protein and vegetables is something I find in about 90% of women I talk to. Those with lower body fat, always focus on a more balanced diet with an emphasis on good protein sources (chicken breast, fish, egg whites etc.). Carbohydrates are calories dense, replacing them with protein and vegetables cuts calories and provides more stable blood sugar levels (sugar ‘highs’ – caused by excess carbohydrates, will slow your metabolism down)
For me Terry’s Figure Contest Diet Plan was what made my a winner. Thanks Terry!