Fitgm- warning long post coming !
So I did the shoot yesterday and really felt good with how it went. I ended up doing about a ~200 gram carb up, possibly a little bit more on Friday. The day was basically as follows:
-Rice cereal with a splash of almond milk (unsweetened) with cinnamon and banana with a side of pineapple and couple eggs /egg whites
- rice cakes with honey/peanut butter
- Steamed chicken breast with white rice and avocado
Was basically eating a combo of all that throughout the day until I was just barely satisfied. I felt hungry and wanted to eat more but held myself back from overdoing it. I pretty much cut water around ~6pm with just a few sips after that. Woke up in the morning looking pretty good maybe a little flat so had some chk/rice/avacado around 930 (~50 carbs) I got to the shoot and around 1230. I had more rice cakes with pb/honey and the Reese’s cups as you suggested and a few sips of Gatorade. Timing was a little off with the photographer in terms of when I should eat that stuff unfortunately but I still think everything came together well.
The shoot was exhausting ! Definitely underestimated the effort involved especially which such little fluid intake. All in all was a great day. He gave me one pic so far with more to come but even if this is the only pic from the whole shoot I have,I’ll be very pleased! Feel like I had a good combo of dryness/fullness.
I think the things for next time to consider for me would be:
A: Should I have had more carbs on Friday and Saturday morning and of different variety.
B: Timing and amount of carbs pre- shoot. ( I was basically just winging it and popping the Reese’s minis at will throughout the shoot and hoped for the best that I’d keep a pump and not look bloated by eating too many of them )
C. I didn’t start the dandelion root and uva ursi on Friday until about 5pm had two servings of each by the time I went to bed and would wonder if I would’ve started these earlier in the day or week if it would’ve made a difference.
D. I feel like even though I drank a lot of water up until Friday, I really didn’t pee all that much that day indicating to me maybe I should have upped the water even more leading up to Friday.
Anyways, was a great first experience doing a shoot. I am considering possibly doing a men’s physique show in the future in which case I can try and fine tune things even more.
Thanks so much for your insight as I definitely picked up some great tips and strategies!
Here is the pic: