I appreciate the opinion but I’m pretty sure it can be done. I mean I’m not sittin at 15% BF by any means, I don’t need 6 months to lean down and lose water. I just need to lose a few % points. I think it can be done and I plan to prove it can be done. [/quote]
I’m sorry, but unless you’re going to juice, it can’t. Mighty Stu is a natural competitor, keeps himself mostly lean, and he started his cut about 7 weeks out, but he’d already been lightly dieting for another 2 or so. Typical pre-contest diet time is about 12 weeks, with 8-10 being on the short end. You have no idea how lean a true stage ready physique is.
1 month is nothing.
Not trying to discourage you, because you have a good base, but you need to either come in lighter but in good condition and start your diet 7-8 weeks out, or you need to skip the contest and gain 30 lbs, then cut for another one.
Unless you’re going to juice. Then you could probably add some, but not all, the weight by mid May/June and do a halfway decent cut in the last 6 weeks.