Adventures in cutting weight!

So, after 4 months of eating and training like a monster, I find myself signing up to compete in the 181 lb. class in a local powerlifting meet.  My problem is that I have gained 15 lbs. in the recent four months of my program and am sitting at a solid 190 lbs.  So, I did a little research and ran across a web site with a ton of information on tapering fluid/carb/sodium levels to lose water weight.  I chose two that I felt I could combine to easily lose the 9 lbs. I needed to lose in order to lift in my desired weight class: water and carb tapering.  Here’s how the prior meet week played out:

Sunday –

  • Drank 1+ gallons of water (the usual).
  • Ate everything I saw that wasn’t crap food.
  • Evening weight – 190 lbs.

Monday –

  • Went to the gym and hit the big 3 with extremely light weights.  I did 3 sets of 3 reps and called it a day.  I’ve had the best luck when I the big 3 with light weight, the Monday before a Saturday meet.
  • Drank 2+ gallons of water (includes coffee, protein shakes, and Red Bull).
  • High carbs.
  • Evening weight –  188.6 lbs.

Note: Not sure how I lost weight, especially since I was 190 lbs. last night.  

Tuesday –

  • Drank 2+ gallons of water (includes coffee, protein shakes, and Red Bull).
  • Cut carbs in half.
  • Morning weight –  185.6 lbs.


  • Evening weight –  190 lbs.

Note:  Not too worried I am at 190 lbs., for some reason.  I feel like I’ll be good to go.

Wednesday –

  • 1 gallon of water (includes the water in the coffee and protein shakes).
  • Low carbs / High protein / High fats.
  • Morning weight – 186 lbs.


  • Evening weight – 187.2 lbs.
  • After hot Epsom Salt bath – 185.6 lbs.

Note:  Disregard the sudden tanning of the feet.  Yes, I got a spray tan cause that’s how I roll.

Thursday –

  • .5 gallon of water (includes water in the coffee and protein shakes).
  • Low carbs / High Protein / High fats.
  • Morning weight – 184.8 lbs.
  • Evening weight – 183.4 lbs.

Note:  Today wasn’t as bad as I thought it was gonna be.  Other than a little dry mouth and the lower energy levels, I’m good.  I feel my brain is telling my body what the deal is and to trust the process.  Tomorrow is gonna stink, though. No food or drink after bed time, tonight!


Friday –

  • No water after 3 AM.
  • Morning weight – 182.2 lbs.
  • 2 hours before weigh-ins – 181.8 lbs.
  • 32oz of Pedialyte/water concoction after weigh-ins.  Eat like a beast.
  • Evening weight – 187.4 lbs.

Note:  I actually weighed in a tad under, due to kilo conversion, but still made weight.  I immediately had a small protein drink, banana, and water/Pedialyte (50/50) mix, after I weighed in.  A couple of hours later, I went to AppleBees and demolished a huge plate of shrimp scampi linguine.  To finish off the meal, I ate the Triple Chocolate Meltdown.  All of the fluids and food slapped over 5 lbs. back onto my frame within hours of weighing in!

Saturday – MEET DAY

  • Morning weight – 184 lbs.
  • Continued sipping Pedialyte through the meet and ate my usual meet foods.


I’ll definitely use this method, again, if I ever need to cut weight.  Feel free to shoot me an email if you are thinking about going this route, and I’ll gladly answer any questions you may have.  There are ton of online articles about the pros and cons of  the many different water manipulation methods.  Just choose smart and choose something that works for you.  In my opinion, if your closer to a heavier weight class, just roll with that one.  I couldn’t righteously gain 7 pounds in a few days, without feeling terrible, so I decided to go the route I did.



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