Towards the end of my challenge, there were a number of techniques I implemented to really enhance my physique and show off my hard work over the 12 weeks. One of these consisted of carbohydrate loading.
Over the course of the 12 weeks, I gradually lowered my carbohydrate intake until I was ingesting approximately 180g of carbohydrates per day for quite a few weeks leading up to my photo shoot. My muscles were looking very flat as a result of both a restricted carbohydrate intake combined with such a high exercise load.
In order to give my muscles a healthy and full appearance, four days out from my photo shoot I increased my carbohydrate intake from 180g/day to 280g/day. The next day I increased my carbohydrate intake to 350g/day. Finally in my last day before the photo's, my carbohydrates were at 465g/day - more than double a few days ago!
During the time in which I carbohydrate loaded, I paid extra special attention to my physique. If at any time I began to appear bloated, I would have eased off the carbohydrates. On the flip side, if I was still looking flat (as I did), I would increase my carbohydrate intake until I was happy with my appearance. On the third day of carbohydrate loading, I was in top shape and maintained this diet until my photo shoot the following day.
Finally, my main carbohydrate source was from oats. This has been a staple of mine for quite a while now. Apart from it tasting so great, it is absolutely packed with essential micronutrients along with some high quality carbohydrates!