@arash_rahbar That's great info, thank you! Do you think they might raise the weight limitations one day? Your size and your level of conditioning are extremely impressive, and you are obviously very meticulous with your diet, ensuring you're not holding onto any extra water and can get a very accurate reading of your conditioning and weight.
I have a lot of problems with water retention, Stu calls me "Aquaman" because I hold so much water lol. It was a serious issue during my prep, even on the day of the show which was frustrating. We figured out that a lot of it was caused by stress but I also have sensitivity to different foods and I believe dairy is one of them. I've also noticed bloating and water retention from wheat, large amounts of vegetables at one sitting especially broccoli, or generally a large volume of any type of food in one sitting. So, these are things I will certainly cut out and adjust for my next prep. My typical pre-bed meal would be cottage cheese and whey with peanut butter, so maybe switching to something like egg whites might be better.
A couple more questions if you don't mind!
As you said you cut out dairy, and whey, does that mean you eat only whole foods on your prep, and no protein powders?
Are there any other foods you avoid due to water retention, or any other tips in general for ensuring you're not holding any excess water?
As you get further in your prep and calories are reduced, would you continue to use something like Plazma during your workouts, or would you save your calories for a whole food pre-workout meal?