I think everyone appreciates honesty when it comes to some of the difficulties that you’ll face when you’re competing. For women, once you drop down into an extremely low body fat percentage, its very common for your hormones to suffer.
Yes, we all play the sacrifice vs reward game if we want to keep our competitive edge- and yes, it’s temporary, but, when your hormones are out of whack, you will likely lose your cycle, and along with that often your sex drive too. I feel like this isn’t talked about very often, but you can almost count on it. It takes around 3 months to get your cycle back once your body fat returns to a healthy level (that’s right, show lean is not healthy or sustainable- but rather a brief period of extreme conditioning to best showcase the muscle you’ve been building all year). @enticeofficial sent me a bottle of their Entice Her sexual health supplement and mood enhancer, and really the timing couldn’t have been better. From the pleasure standpoint, I get more than everything I need at home (yes, I said that, congratulations me), but I just wanted my mood and desire back. Entice Her’s primary ingredient is maca root, which helps which helps balance sex hormones and mood, and is loaded with other minerals and fatty acids which much like endocannabinoids, stimulate pleasure centers in the brain and have been shown to increase sexual activity. And it genuinely worked. Sometimes we just fall into habits or patterns that we don’t actually want to be stuck in- I think just that extra boost in libido and mood was what I needed to get out of my rut and back up to my old tricks ;)