Peaking for a Show; Clearing Up Misconceptions

How often have you heard this scenario? Competitor is getting ready for a show and fast forward to the day after the show. “But I looked so much better the day after” or “I looked my best 1 week out. I don’t know what happened”. It’s all too common to hear these from competitors due to archaic peaking practices that go against basic human physiology. So what’s one to do? What’s the secret? In all honesty, there is no secret. It’s a balance of 3 factors:

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Ego Depletion; Is Willpower a Finite Resource?

Ego depletion is a very well known theory. It says that willpower is limited, and the more you use the less self control you'll have. If you are stuck eating radishes while smelling freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, you might get frustrated and give up on your next task easier (as one of the most frequently cited studies on the topic showed). If you diet on too low of calories, you'll eventually binge. Makes sense right? Turns out it seems it's not so simple.

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