The most important part of participating in the sport of 'bodybuilding' is finding the right person to handle your nutrition. As a Personal Trainer I am aware of the key points when it comes to healthy eating, but 'competition prep', counting macro's and all other variations of dieting I am not qualified for. This is why I found someone who is not only an experienced nutritionist, but has also coached professional athletes to stage in the past.
The first step after my comp was to talk to my Nutritionist. I was put on a reverse diet, being similar to the nutrition plan I was first given, slowly adding food groups back into my diet, keeping my body from any form of 'rebound'. This part of competing is more important that the actual competition itself. Sure, you can get to stage, reach your goal and feel amazing. But after 12+ weeks of preparing for this competition and restricting calories, your body simply cannot handle to instantly take excess calories and sugar it is not used too.