Why Use Distilled Water For a Meet Cut?
Q: Why use distilled water for a meet cut? Isn’t it a bit bad to NOT drink normal water during a week?
As my previous article explains, distilled water lacks the sodium and minerals present in normal drinking water. You’ll shed existing water weight that you’re holding, as you are consuming the distilled water.
You are absolutely correct in the notion that drinking distilled water over a prolonged period of time can be a little averse. It throws your electrolyte levels out of whack temporarily and you might feel a little fatigued or moody during the protocol. Fortunately, the protocol written doesn’t restrict your daily food intake and I recommend eating all your normal meals throughout the week up until the day before weigh-ins. This is why Pedialyte is immediately consumed right after weighing in and the whole day is devoted to reconstitution.
I totally understand that the whole cutting process might seem like too much work or suffering for someone who doesn’t cut. The truth is that within powerlifting, the protocol I’ve written is an absolute cakewalk compared to what the top level guys do to make weight. There is virtually no suffering or mental toughness required following what I’ve written, and if an elite level (500+ Wilks) powerlifter saw the protocol I wrote out, he/she would agree that it’s for beginners that are not doing much of a cut to begin with.
Though most beginners should focus moreso on their actual meet performance than messing around with weight cuts, it doesn’t hurt to give small cuts a trial one and learn how your body responds to certain factors. The more experience you have with doing weight cuts, the easier it will be to come up with your own personal protocol that you have down to perfection. Good luck!