Slimmed Down to 242 Lbs, Chris Bumstead Opens Up on His Dietary Changes Ahead of Mr. Olympia 2023: “I Don’t Even Shower Now Cause I Am So Hungry”

Published 10/29/2023, 10:40 AM EDT

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In recent times, Chris Bumstead has been on a loop of sharing updates regarding his preparation for the 2023 Mr. Olympia. The current Classic Physique champion started bodybuilding at the age of 19, and has competed in multiple contests throughout his career, earning his Pro Card when he was just 21 years old.

After winning his first title in 2019, Bumstead is now the face of the division with four consecutive wins to his name. Recently, CBum uploaded another video on his YouTube channel where he talked extensively about his diet and how he is managing his weight for the competition. In this latest update, he completely focused on the meal plan he had for the day and the mild cardio exercises he was engaging in.

Chris Bumstead talks about the amount of carbs he eats to maintain weight


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In the video, the reigning champion showed off his unwavering commitment towards the sport and his determination to win the title again. He has been putting in a lot of effort and wants to make sure he remains the champion in the Classic Physique division.


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While talking about his meals and weights, he mentioned, “My weight is under 250 right now so we’re in a good spot I have to make 242 weigh-in and the weigh-in the morning now so I’m very comfortable I’m going to make weight feeling good…” He said that he’d been eating 300 grams of carbs to avoid losing weight before the event. Consuming this much carbs makes him feel fuller and helps him perform better while working out. On top of the training, Bumstead is also doing cardio.

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He said that he does around 45 minutes of cardio and added, “I do like a 20 or 30-minute Light walk at night mainly for digestion. and meal one I eat right after. I don’t even shower now cuz I’m so hungry I’ll wake up sometimes at 5:00 a.m. and my stomach is just like grumbling and I’m hungry.” Bumstead has been talking about the challenges he has been facing in the bid to conquer the summit of winning the title for the fifth time. A few days ago, during his shoulder day, he mentioned that upping his intake of carbs helped him boost his energy.

CBum’s carb intake acts as an energy boost

Talking about how carbs help him, Bumstead said, “I just was reflecting on the way my mind processes and changes so much when I’m really tired and like carb depleted my brain doesn’t function…..I’m just like not doing anything and then yesterday I had a bunch of carbs I had a bunch of energy,” said the King of Aesthetics.


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He had collaborated with IFBB pro Axel Lopez for his shoulder workout day. Before jumping into the intense training, they discussed the exercise they were going to perform and the number of reps they were aiming for. They did four exercises to pump their shoulders. His exceptional efforts to win the coveted title are inspiring and signify the desire he has to hold the Sandow trophy in his hands once more. Do you think with this level of dedication he will win again? Tell us in the comments below.

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Arpita Shrivastava


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Arpita Shrivastava is a bodybuilding writer at EssentiallySports. She holds a Master's Degree in Mass communication. She has done her graduation in Hindi literature From Delhi University.
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Abhishek Manikandan