I will enter my first contest Sat Aug 25th. Can anyone give me advice (based on own experience) about cutting water, etc in the week/days leading up to the event. I've read a lot of different things--saying to increase salt for a few weeks to "trick" the body and then decrease it (body will excrete more water because it has been upregulated). Also to load up on potassium to prevent cramping.
Don't drink any water for 36 hours prior, etc. I'd appreciate any tips that experienced competitors have. I am working with a guy in my gym who has competed many times but I wanted to check his advice against some input from other people. I will try to get some pictures up before/after the contest.
Stats are 5'9'' 175lbs. This is down from 195lbs 15wks ago so I am fairly cut up now with just a bit more to go (mostly water weight) 4 wks out.