She may look toned and fit now, but Frances Abbott has revealed it took an insane amount of work to be able to compete in a bodybuilding contest.
The daughter of the former Prime Minister of Australia, Tony Abbott, took to her Instagram account to reveal that the challenge was far from an easy task and she wishes she had gone into it with “more understanding”.
The 26-year-old personal trainer, took part in both the 'first timer' and 'sports model' categories at the Australian ICN Victorian State Titles competition in September and now she has people desperate to know how she got her body ready for the competition.
“I weighed my food meal by meal for around three months,” she started the post.
“I woke up at 4.15AM most mornings to do fasted cardio and I also had to become a bit of a social recluse to get the results I achieved in the amount of time that I had.”
Frances went on to reveal that she was “training like an athlete to compete in a competition, not just to drop a few KGs ‘to get ready for summer’.”
Speaking to news.com.au, Frances said she would count out how many carbohydrates, proteins and fats she was having in each meal and eliminated all sugar, alcohol, processed food and dairy from her diet.
However, she admitted that her competition weight wasn’t sustainable long-term and she would get “upset for not reason” or “be freezing” out of the blue.
“Currently I’m very lean. In terms of sustainability, in terms of hormones and just general health, it’s not an ideal place for me to be long-term,” she told the publication.
“You need to have body fat for your hormones, for menstruation, cortisol levels.
“I will slowly build my calories back up to a place where I can maintain a healthy body weight ... function optimally, have good energy levels, be happy.”
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Now Frances is ‘reverse-dieting’ so she can put back on weight she lost purely for the competition.
“The challenge I now face is almost as serious as the one I was preparing for... reverse dieting and training in a way that will help me put weight back on without me getting stuck in my head about putting on weight... Interesting huh?” she wrote online.
She then posted an image of her lunch, which consisted of pumpkin, tomato, chicken, avocado, a dollop of vegan red hummus and pepper.