Fitness 360: Chassidy Smothers, Nutrition For The Stage
When contest prep gets tough, cheat meals go out the window, but for the rest of the year, Chassidy Smothers lets her taste buds live free. Check out her plan!
Chassidy's nutrition regimen is about as straightforward as it gets. Follow this plan, sprinkle in your chosen cheats a few times per week, and you'll be on the path to clean living. Eating habits don't change overnight, but you can make smart choices to get started.
Chassidy's staple meals are pretty simple: chicken, turkey, sweet potatoes, spinach, and green vegetables. Tuna is the only fish she eats, and her first and last meals are protein shakes. Want more details? Here's the rest of her plan!
Chassidy Smothers Fitness 360
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Each individual body is unique; nutrition plans should be, too. Chassidy Smothers has a regimen that constantly changes. "Right now I [eat] high protein, low carbs, and vegetables to fill it in," she says. "I am big on feeding my taste buds. I don't like to deprive myself, because it messes with me mentally."
She said she uses an 80/20 ratio of clean eating and cheats; that's 3-4 cheat meals per week during regular training. Cheat meals help; they pacify your cravings. "Sometimes you just have to satisfy your taste buds so you can get out of your own way," Chassidy explains. During contest prep, she drops her cheat meals and concentrates on fueling her body for workouts and eating to burn fat.
Although she eats clean and limits her cheat meals, Chassidy doesn't force herself to eat food she doesn't like. "I would never tell someone to eat something they don't like, because it can be discouraging," Chassidy says. "You won't want to force food down your mouth."
To stay motivated and consistent, Chassidy knows to trust the plan. "You have to trust the process when you start doubting yourself. Remember why you're starting, your goals, and where you're going."