If you are considering entering or have already entered a bikini contest then you will probably know the importance of diet to get you stage ready.
After training dozens of bikini clients and competitors, while creating the world famous 90 Day Bikini plan, I’ve managed to optimize every aspect of a diet and nutrient plans for bikini contest or bikini show.
In this article I’m going to share some key rules you should follow if you want to get stage ready for a bikini contest, or if you simply want to get a bikini body for summer!
Here’s how to optimize your diet and nutrition plan for a bikini contest or bikini show.
Carb Cycle to Get Bikini Show/Contest Ready
Carb cycling for fat loss and weight loss has become extremely popular and for good reason. It makes up the majority of my meal plans in the 90 Day Bikini program and basically allows you to pin-point your intake of carbs for when you need them.
Rather than being all or nothing, either going low-carb or low-fat/high carb for your bikini prep or diet, it makes more sense to periodize your intake. This way, you avoid the potential negatives of a low carb diet and those of a high carb, low fat diet. As you may know, both have many pros, but they both have weaknesses too.
Thinking logically, wouldn’t it make more sense to combine both into one diet? This way, you get the benefits of both, without the negatives! If you agree, then here’s an example weekly intake based on a popular lower, upper, rest day training split using carb cycling.
Monday: Legs – High Carb
Tuesday: Upper body – Moderate Carb
Wednesday: Rest/Cardio – Low Carb
Thursday: Legs – High Carb
Friday: Upper body – Moderate Carb
Saturday: Rest/Cardio – Low Carb
Sunday: Rest/Cardio – Low Carb
While programming a high level carb cycling plan can be complicated and requires an experienced expert, the basics are fairly easy to understand and follow some general logic. For example, you should base your larger carb intake on the more metabolic and physically demanding workouts, such as leg days.
In contrast, you would base your lower carb intake on those workout days that require less energy and glycogen stores, such as cardio, abs, arms and rest. Of course, if you do prefer a low-carb diet then you could use carb cycling with just 1-2 high carb days. In contrast, if you like a higher carb approach, you could just add in 1-2 days on a lower-carb diet.
As you can see, the basis of carb cycling is fairly simple and provides you the key nutrients and energy to maximize your workouts and recovery, while lowering them down when you don’t need them to burn fat.
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Calorie Cycle & Manipulate Calories As You Diet Down for Your Bikini Show
The further you get into your bikini diet or the closer you come towards your bikini show the harder everything will become.
When starting out on a fat loss diet, you may be fine with just dropping calories, removing processed food and adding in exercise. But, if you are trying to get bikini ready or diet for a bikini show, you must get very lean and use advanced methods.
One of these advanced methods is using calorie cycling, which strategically adds in higher calorie refeeds as you diet down. This reduces the metabolic damage or metabolic adaptations most bikini competitors face, which can lead to rapid weight regain, chronic fatigue and a reduction in hormones.
Calorie cycling can be done bi-weekly, with 2-3 higher calorie days every 2 weeks, or monthly, with a 4-5 day higher calorie period every 4 weeks. Importantly, these higher calorie periods still focus on healthy foods and your usual diet, you just eat around 30-50% more calories to give you a dieting break.
Along with calorie cycling, you will have to pay close attention to your daily intake, allowing you to make weekly or bi-weekly reductions as needed. Even with calorie cycling, your metabolism with adapt and reduce as you get very lean. Along the way to getting a bikini body or dieting for a bikini contest, you will need to keep lowering calories and likely get very low near the end (most females end up around 1200 calories or even less in the final weeks).
If you don’t monitor your calorie intake as you go, you’ll have a very hard time making tweaks and slowly reducing it when needed.
Eat More Protein & Fiber To Prep for a Bikini Contest/Show
Although these are more basic tips, I want to emphasize their importance as many bikini competitors and even bikini coaches get it wrong.
A higher protein and fiber intake is going to be absolutely key for weight loss, hunger/appetite control, recovery from your workouts and retaining muscle mass as you diet down. By focusing on these 2 key nutrients you will have a much more athletic physique by the time you hit the stage and have an easier ride during your bikini contest diet.
As a rule of thumb, aim for around 30-40g of fiber per day from high fiber whole foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts.
For protein, aim for around 3-5 even doses throughout the day. This should be based on high quality protein sources such as meats, fish, eggs, milk/dairy and supplements such as casein and whey. You should consume around 1g per 1lb bodyweight, so quite simply, a 150lb individual would consume 150g per day.
Take Research Proven Supplements to Aid in Your Bikini Diet/Nutrition Plan
Although 90% of supplements are a waste of time, there are a few research proven supplements that can aid in your bikini diet or bikini contest prep nutrition plan.
There’s a handful of research proven supplements that I continually recommend to my bikini contest prep clients and all members in the 90 Day Bikini Transformation plan.
Here’s an overview of a foolproof and high end, scientifically proven supplement regime:
Probiotics: Probiotics feed your gut health and improve healthy gut bacteria levels. Your gut health affects how you metabolize carbs/fats and even store fat. In short, a healthier gut will improve your physique, fat loss efforts and general health. Take around 15 billion to 30 billion organisms per day from research validated bacteria strains.
Green Tea Extract & Caffeine: Green tea & caffeine are my favorite natural fat burners with research proven benefits for health, disease, insulin/blood sugar function and weight loss. Take around 500mg with a minimum of 40% EGCG content twice per day, in the AM and in the afternoon. Stack this with 200mg caffeine for a perfect natural fat loss stack.
Omega 3: Omega 3 is a great all round supplement that has multiple benefits for both your physique and general health and disease protection. Although you can obtain the fatty acid from food, it would require multiple servings of oily fish per day which is unrealistic. Take 3g of high quality fish oil per day high in EPA/DHA (around 2g of the 3g should be EPA/DHA).
Whey Protein & BCAA: Whey protein and BCAA are very low-cost and simple protein sources to bump up your daily protein needs and a great back-up snack when you are on the go. They are commonly used around exercise and have been shown to boost recovery and increase the adaptions you get from a hard workout. They are also high in the key amino acid leucine, which stimulates Muscle Protein Synthesis, the key metabolic process that is required to lay down new muscle.
Follow a Proven Plan & Stay Consistent
If you are serious about your bikini beach body or a bikini contest or competition then you need to follow a proven plan that you can stick too.
What makes up a successful transformation is not only a highly advanced plan, but a plan that is tailored to you, which you can enjoy and stick with. This is where a lot of prep coaches and physique coaches go wrong, by providing a hardcore plan that they’ve used on themselves, but which is unrealistic for the client and isn’t tailored to them.
Whatever plan you pick or embark on ensure it is:
- Backed by science and advanced enough to help you reach your goals.
- As enjoyable as possible and realistic for your lifestyle, the foods you like etc.
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