This article is part one of a two-part series covering weight regain and everything you have ever needed to know about this topic. Part one discusses the biological drive to regain weight after a diet and the pressures we go through to eat beyond our means after a calorie restricted weight loss. This article is written in the context of a post competition preparation diet for physique competitors but can be applied to anyone who has been on a calorie restricted weight loss, such as a powerlifter making weight for a meet or a non-competitor who has dieted for an event or vacation. Regardless of which group you fall into, our biological responses remain the same. In this series, I hope to give you all the tools you need to understand what is going on inside of your body after a diet, why it is so difficult to keep off weight lost and practical tips to help your long term weight maintenance!

Your competition is over. You have dieted for 20 weeks, followed your meals to the tee, never missed a training session and brought your best to the stage with the ‘whatever it takes’ attitude.

The night after the show is traditionally filled with lots of food and celebration with your friends and family. You can’t get fat from one meal so let’s go all out! You then find out there’s a renowned breakfast buffet a block from your hotel. Hell yeah! That night you get home and your friends who haven’t seen you since the show want to meet up for dinner and drinks. How could you say no!

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