I'm new to the forum but have been visiting the site and reading articles for a while now. I have been training for my first powerlifting meet on February 7, I will be competing raw for this meet and my next couple. My question has to do with cutting weight. I currently weigh 224-226 lbs, my weight fluctuates, with out any sort of planned diet other than just a lot of protein and steering clear of fast foods, bad fats and sugars.
I plan to compete in the 220lb class and am trying to figure out the best way to go about making the weight. The weigh in will be the day before the meet so I have the option of sweatin out the water weight the night before and rehydrating/refueling after weighing in.
My other option, which I am leaning more towards, is really cleaning up my diet. Regulating my carb and fat intake, and adding two days of cardio along with my 4 days of lifting(Westside style, max effort upper/lower, dynamic upper/lower) and trying to cut my weight down to the 218 range, and if doing that would negatively effect my strength at all? If anyone has any advice as to the pros/cons of doing either it would be greatly appreciated!