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8/12/2014 10:00:04 PM - Steve
Brandon, I asked this question to another team member but I think he is extremely busy at the moment and hasn't gotten to it so I figured you'd be an excellent resource as well.

I have competed in several PL meets all with a 24-hour weigh in. Normally I sit about 175 and cut to lift in the 165 class, and I understand how to replenish the water, electrolytes, weight, etc for a 24 hour cut. However, this Saturday I'm set to lift in a meet with only a two hour weigh in for the first time. I will eat relatively normally and just lift in the 181 class as I sit about 175 right now. My question is, when should I start up my carb loading for the meet? It's a Saturday meet, so should I just eat a high amount of carbs on Friday (have a really high day) or should I have two high days in a row (thursday and friday)? I figured you might be able to give me some guidance. Thanks so much for all the assistance you provide on this site.

Steve,

Thanks for the great question!

Your weight seems to be fine, which is a good thing. It's nice to have that wiggle room so you can get some good quality food and water in the day prior.

With that said, I would just eat normal the whole week, but on Friday really start pushing your carbs and water. Make sure you are still getting a normal amount of sodium. I would continue to monitor your weight throughout the day so you don't go too overboard. You can essentially get up to about 183 the night prior and probably sleep off 2-3 pounds.

If you go to bed still 3-4 pounds under weight, wake up and still check weight. If you are still under by about that much, get some food and liquids in, but just go with a Gatorade and something light (dip a granola bar in peanut butter as a good option). This should only raise your weight by about 1.5lbs, but give you plenty of energy in store and not leave you hungry. Then after weigh ins smash some more Gatorade and some food you are comfortable with.

I think this should get you on a good track and hopefully set you up well for a good day of lifting and some PR's.

Best of luck, and let me know how it goes!

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