Best Nutrition is a personal fitness and nutritional consulting company owned and operated by Jason and Amanda Ste. Marie.
He and Amanda are both IDFA Pro's, are involved in the IDFA camps and judging, certified nutrition consultants and see clients that are looking to compete and look their best. They have trained many professional athletes that compete, the average person wanting to lose weight and/or gain lean body mass, those who want to increase their energy levels, create better sleep patterns or just get into the best physical condition they possibly can. They focus on producing healthy adrenal glands, thyroid functioning, blood sugar levels, hormone balance and the overall state of equilibrium in the body and bring that back to a healthy balance in the body through exercise and nutrition practices.
When preparing for a competition, whether it is Bodybuilding, Figure, Fitness Model, Muscle Model, Fitness, Physique or Bikini Model it is imperative that you show up in your best condition for that class if you want to win.
Jason and Amanda ensure that their clients not only look the way they are supposed to for the event and class but also train them in a matter that is as healthy as possible focusing on supporting the body and the body systems so that when the contest is finished the athlete does not rebound so much.
There are 3 main body types and everyone falls into one of those categories and can sway a bit from one to the other. Depending on where you store your body fat, whether it be in your stomach, lower back or legs, we can tell what you need to focus on to get into the condition that you need. These types are called "Adrenal", "Gonadal", "Pituitary" and "Thyroid" typing. We can support the major area that is not in balance while you diet and help you get healthy while looking your best.
We are also strong believers in having your allergens tested before starting a contest or any diet for that matter. If you are eating foods that the body treats as an invader, then you create edema, inflammation, mucous and fat storage from these foods that you are either "Allergenic" to or have a strong "Sensitivity" to. There is only one test that is accurate for humans that will allow you to know which foods create an immediate or delayed allergenic response and believe everyone should have it completed.
When choosing a coach for a competition that is going to put your body into a calorie deficit which in turn lowers hormones and growth factors such as insulin, testosterone, and IFG-1 (hormones critical for muscle growth) you should ensure that they know what they are doing personally from experience and education. It is also important to know that your body is left in a very unnatural and unbalanced state that can take years to fix or at worst case scenario never! There is also rapid down-regulation of the anabolic signaling pathways within the muscle cells, which inhibits growth during a calorie deficit diet. This can all be stopped by someone who knows what they are doing, have trained many successful clients, have an education and are competitors themselves. And not just competitors but actual Champions that have won numerous competitions and won their classes and overalls numerous times!
We see this all of the time with clients that have been put through the "cookie cutter" dieting from a person who dieted with someone else and just copies what they did for them. In actuality, no 2 people or bodies or cellular systems are alike and as you can eat the same foods, you should never be on the same k/cal or macronutrient count as everyone else. A diet must be catered to your body! If your trainer cannot answer your questions, they will not be able to help you produce a body that will be successful at winning competitions.
The diet that one follows for their contest will be the single most important determining factor of how well they will place in the competition. A person can have all the mass in the world but if they do not come in razor sharp on contest day, then the mass will mean little. Judges almost always go for conditioning over size. To design a proper diet one should give themselves adequate time to lose the necessary body fat to achieve that aforementioned shredded look.
It is imperative for natural athletes to not risk losing muscle mass during contest dieting, so they need to lose fat slowly. When you drastically reduce body weight, the majority of the weight lost will probably be muscle and not fat. The human body will sacrifices muscle over fat when it comes to weight loss and this is because of a survival mechanism designed to hold on to the fat to prevent the possibility of starving in the absence of food. The only way to reverse this is to give the body a reason to hold on to the muscle (proper intense resistance training) and feed it in a way that makes it shed fat and not muscle.
When losing weight for a competition, we do not want to lose more than one to two pounds per week. More than this will most likely result in lost muscle tissue. To regulate weight loss, you need to know exactly how many calories you consume every day and adjust them until you’re sure you’re losing only body fat. We know how many calories it takes to gain weight, maintain weight, and lose weight and we will ensure you do this properly so your body does not enter catabolism during our dieting process.
What is included in the contest package?
A lifestyle and wellness assessment evaluation
4 Body Fat Caliper tests, 1/month (Conducted at home office on Saturday's)
16 weeks of custom contest dieting (this can and will be changed weekly if necessary)
16 weeks of cardiovascular conditioning programs (depending on competition class and fitness levels)
16 weeks of weight workout programs (the weight program will change every 3-4 weeks)
Supplements list-Basic and individualized as you progress
Phone, Text and Email support
Availability to meet with trainer on weekends
Posing practice (Bodybuilders only)
Suggestion for posing professionals and suit design