I'd hate to sound an awful lot like Layne Norton, but where did the myth originate that water is an "enemy" when it comes to peak week? The body holds far more intracellular water than subcutaneous water. Hell, our muscles are practically 3/4ths water!!!
EVERY bodybuilder I know locally does the most ridiculous, drastic, pre-contest prep's you can imagine. Switch to entirely distilled water! completely drop carbs and then load up on as many as possible! Drink as little water as possible for an entire week! Drop sodium out for an entire week! Shit load!!!!
These plans are bogues. If you look good a week out, why change anything? 99% of bodybuilders look better a week ahead rather than on stage. I may be exaggerating a bit, but from what I've seen it couldn't be more accurate.
A popular local bodybuilder I'm close with has a show coming up in a few weeks. His plan was to carb deplete, then start carbing up four days before the show. This sounded like an excellent plan to me, until he said he planned to only drink 1/2 gallon his first carb-up day. Not only that, but lower to 1/4 three days out, then completely cut it out the next day! Oh, btw, the miniscule amount of water he was to drink was also distilled.
This is similar to every pre-contest plan he's done for about twenty years. Yet, he never places well or looks close to as good as one week out. You would think after a couple years he'd of being unsuccessful he'd try something else.
Anyways, I seem to always hear in the bodybuilding world "OMG, I hope I don't spill over!!!" Spilling over in my opinion is far overrated, coming in flat is what bodybuilders should be worrying about. Come in flat, and not only are failing to achieve the fullness you could have, but you'll also look as if you "spilled over" or "needed a couple more weeks of dieting."
For the NPC Natural Ohio, because of the minimal amount of time in-between shows, I had David drink just 1 gallon two days out, and only a half-gallon one day out. Because of this, he was flatter than he could of been, making him appear less full (which caused an appearance of a higher bodyfat% OR that he spilled over). Did he spill over? Fuck no, there's a big difference and I think bodybuilders fail to realize that sometimes.
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