Silyak: That looks like a great comp man. I’ve heard only good things about the USS. I want to do one of their shows in the future.
Man, if you have 2 weeks, you can drop a decent amount of weight in that time. For me, cutting out ALL starchy carbs (Bread, rice, sugar, pasta, etc) depletes my glycogen enough that i can drop probably another 5 pounds in those last 2 weeks. I usually start my cut around 5 weeks out because cutting slower is healthier and seems to help me keep my strength. One thing I will say though, is once I cut out all of the carbs (other than vegetables) I need to up my healthy fats a good bit if I want my strength to hang around.
About 7 Days out i will switch to nothing but distilled water and begin the water gorge. I have to play with my sodium a good bit and at first I actually gain weight because of all the water. (Which always stresses me out - but I’ve learned to trust the process)…Then as I slowly decrease my water throughout the week, it will have me down another 3-5 lbs. Where my weight is the day or two before really decides when my last water and solid intake will be, but usually I cut all intake the night before weigh-ins.
If I need to, I will jump in a hot tub, sauna or even bundle up, throw on a weight vest and will walk on an inclined treadmill. But usually, i don’t have to. Out of the three options, i think a Hot tub works the best because the water is pulled out of you. How much you can actually lose in the hot tub or sauna will depend greatly on how dry you already are. If you are not still sweating easily then you may be in there for a while. But if you have the water to lose, you are bundled up (trash bags or a sauna suit will help) then you can lose 5lbs pretty quickly. Results are going to be different from person to person but I know I lose about 3lbs per 35-40 minutes when i do it. A lot will depend on how much distilled water you have forced into your body the previous week and how depleted your glycogen stores are.
As a disclimer, I am not a doctor. Cutting weight in this fashion is dangerous…That said, if you are going to do it either way, I can tell you what has worked for me in the past.