I have considered competing in bodybuilding for a while and I've put myself through the precontest dieting twice. The first time I went from 215 to 195 pounds in about a month (a year ago). I didn't do any of the water shedding and I looked pretty good. I determined I needed to build some additional chest mass.
This year I have been dieting for almost 8 weeks and I went from 220 to 200 and I am working on losing 5 to 10 more pounds. I really want to achieve that chizzled back and mid section look.
What I am doing is putting myself through the process of getting ready for a competition to see if I can hack it and if it's something I really want to keep up. I am thinking that I will need to shed some water and I am not really sure how to accomplish this safely. What's the standard way of dehydrating yourself without passing out. I know I will need to stay away from sodium. Do I drink only a thimble full of water for three days straight:)?
What's the standard procedure for precontest water shedding?