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  • Shedding Weight for a Bodybuilding Competition

    Cutting is essential for any bodybuilder that wants to shine in their upcoming competition. Not only will it accentuate your muscles even more after tanning, but it will also provide noticeable striations and muscular definition. But what are the best ways to safely cut weight and make your physique stage-ready? In this article, we will examine the steps you should take when shedding weight for a bodybuilding competition to ensure you look your absolute best in front of the judges.

    Create a Timeline
    In order to make weight, you have to set a realistic timeline of the steps required to achieve your intended goal. Up to 3 months before the event, you should still be in the bulking phase to continue to pack on muscle. However, the weeks before the event will often paint a much different picture that requires you to remain diligent and steadfast to ultimately achieve your goal. The following weeks leading up to the bodybuilding competition should be as follows.

    • 1 Month Out - Start winding down your bulking phase and transitioning into the cutting face.
    • 2 Weeks Out - Make adjustments to your diet to prepare your body for shedding weight,
    • 1 Week Out - Monitor your progress to determine where you stand and adjust accordingly.
    • 3 Days Out - Begin eliminating some water and food intake to begin shedding weight,
    • 2 Days Out - Introduce diuretics, eliminate water and spend time in the sauna to shed water.
    • The Day Of - Eat large, nutrient-rich food portions to refeed while re-hydrating the body.

    Other Considerations
    On the day of the competition, it is important to ensure you don't eat immediately before the competition to ensure that you don’t have bloating that could harm your physique. However, if you followed this timeline, you should have cut the appropriate amount of weight to look your best on stage. If needed to accentuate the process, consider adding a contest prep product like VasoBurn to kickstart shedding weight and get a jump on the competition.

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