“Gymnasts, figure skaters, ballerinas know this topic perfectly well, everyone will understand that from the very childhood age you always watch your weight. We had weigh-ins every day. I probably started weighing myself at the age of 7.
But I’m one of the lucky girls, you could say: I didn’t have any problems until a certain age. I know girls who have been restricting themselves since they were 9 years old. I didn’t think about it at all until I was about 15 or 16.
When I was 17, I started to go through a transitional age – it was just the Olympic season. And for the first time I faced the problem that I needed to lose weight, and everything that had worked before was no longer working. This season, I was very strict with my diet.
I had a weight I had to stick to: 42 pounds at 161. In the off-season and before this season, I had an injury that caused me to gain 3-4 pounds. That’s incredibly critical.
How did I cope? The surest way, as everyone says, is to not eat. At that point, my main problem was that I thought food was the enemy, and at every meal it felt like I was harming myself. And after any meal, which seemed to me to be overdone, again put everything on and to the gym,” – said Shcherbakova in the program “Today’s evening” on Channel One.
“I tried counting calories, but I started to get too hung up on nutrition. Now I look at food, I already have a scanner in my head, I multiplied everything. Always the goal is to reduce, I want fewer calories.
I’ve always had weigh-ins. I used to weigh myself 50 times a day, now I’ve learned to weigh myself once a day, and it’s hard for me. And during active competitions I had to know every second of the day how much I weigh,” the figure skater added.