Post-race changes in your physique show the power of proper nutrition.
Larry Wheels May look thinner than ever before competition 2023 Amateur Olympia ChampionshipsBut it didn’t take long for his attitude to change in the opposite direction after failing to obtain an IFBB Pro League card.
The uber-popular powerlifter-turned-bodybuilder put in an impressive performance at the 2023 NPC Ultimate Warrior to win his classic physique debut, but he still needs to shave off a few inches. Unfortunately for Wheels, His peak effort of the week On November 2, 2023, Ejike Enwereuzor Jr. won the Amateur Olympia Classic Physique Competition in Orlando, Florida, going from 240 to 232 pounds without taking first place.
Less than a week later, however, Wheels’ body looks drastically different than when he stood on stage at the Orange County Convention Center. November 5, 2023 A significantly larger version Versatile strength athlete shared a video on his YouTube video detailing how After competing at the Amateur Olympia, he gained 53 pounds in five days. Wheels not only discussed his use of diuretics, but also detailed the cheat meals he ate that led to such a huge jump.
Weighing around 265 pounds when he last took the stage, Wheels underwent a rigorous weight cut to prepare for competition in the classic physique category. In addition to drastically reducing calorie intake and essentially eliminating carbs from his diet over several weeks, his weight loss process also included the use of diuretics, which bodybuilders often use during peak weeks to reduce muscle water retention and increase Urine output and excretion of sodium for a more beautiful body shape.1)
“This was the first time I’d ever been exhausted during a show,” Wheels explained, “and I actually took diuretics to lose weight and maintain a dry, hard look on stage.”
Despite falling short of his goal of earning an IFBB Pro League card, the record-setting powerlifter-turned-bodybuilder certainly proved the power of diuretics combined with diuretics. caloric restricted diet However, Wheels surprisingly jumped to 284 pounds on October 30, 2023, after weighing in at 231.4 pounds during the October 30, 2023 weigh-in and competing at the Amateur Olympia two days later at 238 pounds. November 4, 2023.
“I don’t think I was eating enough liquids and solids to get to 40 pounds,” he said. “I didn’t understand where all that weight was coming from.”
And the wheel substantial weight gain It may seem shocking, but it shouldn’t be based on his diuretic use and post-fight diet. After taking diuretics twice in three days to gain weight for two games, his body naturally began to retain fluids instead of expelling them.Also, when you stop taking a diuretic and If you’re like a wheel and start overeating, you’re bound to see the number on the scale go up as you replenish your muscle glycogen stores.
A prime example of a post-race cheat meal binge is what the social media star ate that caused him to gain 53 pounds.
Larry Wheels’ Complete Cheat Meal Lineup
After abstaining from comfort food of any kind for quite some time, Wheels went all out with nine calorie-dense cheat meals over two days:
- cheat meal one: Two bacon double cheeseburgers and one large fries (Five people)
- Cheat meal two: 16 pounds rib eye steak and sweet potato puree (Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse)
- cheat meal three: one bag group
- cheat meal four: Two cups of noodles
the next day
- cheat meal five: Cinnamon roll pancakes, hashbrowns and sunny-side up omelettes
- cheat meal six: Cinnamon roll bagels with cream cheese, orange juice and a bowl of cereal
- cheat meal seven: Bacon double cheeseburger with fries and lemon biscuits
- cheat meal eight: Fried chicken sandwich, six bone-in wings, three chicken tenders and french fries — plus chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream for dessert (buffalo pheasant wings)
- cheat meal nine: 14-inch Margherita pizza, garlic knots and salad
Ultimately, Wheels estimates he burned about 20,000 calories in the first 24 hours after competing at the Amateur Olympia. But after adopting an unrestrained diet, the number on the scale jumped by more than 50 pounds. With such a short amount of time, it sounds like he’s ready to return to a more disciplined lifestyle.
“It’s time to get my head back on track and eat clean,” he said.
Featured Image: Larry Wheels/YouTube
- Escalante, G., Stevenson, SW, Barakat, C. et al. Peak Week Recommendations for Bodybuilders: An Evidence-Based Approach. BMC Sports Science Medical Rehabilitation 13, 68 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13102-021-00296-y