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Carb/Junk Loading

Approaching my contest in 7 weeks, i’m thinking of shit loading.

Shitloading consists of eating a crap load of carbs and fat coming from junk to fill up after a depletion.

Some tell me this is not a good method, others tell me this is a good method.

What do you competitors reccomend to do in order to fill up and get my carbs sucking my subQ water into my muscle?

Of course, i’ll be down to less than 7%.

[quote]Hussayn wrote:
Approaching my contest in 7 weeks, i’m thinking of shit loading.

Shitloading consists of eating a crap load of carbs and fat coming from junk to fill up after a depletion.

Some tell me this is not a good method, others tell me this is a good method.

What do you competitors reccomend to do in order to fill up and get my carbs sucking my subQ water into my muscle?

Of course, i’ll be down to less than 7%.[/quote]

I know that Skip Hill, the creator of shitloading has evolved that idea into Skiploading. Which seems to be very popular. I don’t think he would have went from shitloading to skiploading if he didn’t think it was better/seeing better results. That guy has an impressive record.

Heres alittle bit more info on the subject:
www.intensemuscle.com/32172-ken-skip-hill-skiploading-contest-prep-picking-his-brain-works.html

Agreed. Stick to skip’s new stuff. Guy has a stellar reputation in the precontest world.

#Edited. Forgot a word lol

I hope you are quite a bit leaner than 7% if you hope to do well man. there will be guys in the show that 7% is their off season weight and they will kick your ass if your not in conditioned. Assuming its a legit bbing show and not one of those shows were 3-4 guys from your gym show up for a 2.5hr show…

My take on the ‘shitloading’ is that if your bodyfat is low and your not retaining much water it works.

If you eat a bunch of crap and are carrying fat + water then you will smooth over.

Don’t take it to any extremes. Rice cakes + honey or jelly work great. Some like to eat a potatoe the morning of the event so thats at least 4-5 hrs pre-prejudging.

I personally start my carb load a few days out because my body can handle it. I will deplete myself maybe 2 weeks out and slowly add carbs back in about 2 days out. This works for me.

The morning of I like a 3 muskateers and/or snickers bar maybe 30-45mins prior to stepping onstage. sip maybe 1/12th of a small water bottle…VERY MINIMAL. I’ve seen some sip on gatorade but thats your call…

I will remind you that I am also severly dehydrated. Last couple shows I dropped almost 12lbs of water in a 24-36hr period prior to going onstage. SAVE ALL YOUR HIPPY HEALTH SHT this is bodybuilding. lol

That has seemed to work ok for me but I’m still testing my own trials and errors to figure my body out.

Keep in mind that it’s the work you put in NOW that matters…your ‘carb up’ only matters if you’ve done your homework before hand…and even then at most amateur contests it’s not that big of a deal as many believe anyways imo…

good luck.

Good post!
I’m at about >5% (i’d like to say 4 but don’t want to be off). 4 weeks out.

I totally agree with the extremes point. I’ve noticed when i carb up after my low carb days, i get really dry with potatos. I’ll experiment with rice cakes and honey see how that works out.

One thing i’ve noticed is now that i’m a lot more lean, i’m not relying on water to get me conditioned as i’m already in ideal shape. The water factor is only a bonus.

If you lose a competition, dont blame your water, but blame your poor diet.

i’ll keep you guys posted.

I’m taking a week off after 12 weeks of dieting and after the 5th day I must say I look way fuller without losing definition.
If I compete I’m thinking on Gerdy’s approach regarding carb loading.