Why does this happen? There are many reasons, but the simplest one is this: the "diet" didn't become a "lifestyle"; therefore, it was a short-term fix for bigger issues.
I'll be the first to admit that I've fallen into this mindset plenty of times after show. Even when I have a post-comp plan to follow, I still fall off the train tracks and wander around in the weeds for awhile before realizing I need to make some changes before getting back on the train.
J came up with a really good analogy about how to tackle diet, training, and cardio after a show. Since I'm a visual learner (and I figured many of you are as well), I made a video explaining the concept.
I'm asking for YOUR support! And if you're competing soon, please let me know so we can all support each other.
Have you ever fallen off the cliff or taken the rocky way down? What was your experience? Do you have any stories or helpful hints to share?