A s you can see this does take discipline. Trust when I say it will make your life a whole lot easier come time for competition. Not only will you be mentally stronger, you will be physically stronger. You will be able to keep your calories higher ensuring you of keeping those extra pounds of muscle you earned. You will feel better in the off season because you will look better. Just remember to keep track of how much and what food you are eating to find out what is the best approach for you and your body. Sure, go enjoy yourself once or twice a week with your favorite foods, but keep it moderate.