View Full Version : one week to cut weight for Oly lifting competition

02-19-2012, 07:59 AM
Hey all,
I have my first oly lifting competition this Saturday and I need to compete at the 48kg weight class. this morning I was 49.8. I am trying to lose weight for the last 3 weeks but with no success. I am eating very clean, crossfit reguraly, and added cradio. I go to the sauna almost every day now to acclimate my body to sweat faster.

For this week, I was planning on driking a galon of water a day till thursday (weigh in is on saturday at 10, 2 hours before the competition). I also started adding Xpel in order to lose a few pounds of water. on Thursday I will reduce my water and on friday at 10 I will stio drinking (maybe a few sips). I will do the sauna on friday night if needed.

Am I right? anything I need to change? I am about 108 lb with 12% body fat (low for females). my body ressist the weight lose for some reason.
I will appreciate every comment that would help me.

02-19-2012, 09:29 PM
Some women have a much harder time cutting weight then men do... and once they cut down, they have a harder time replenishing quickly. This is a product of natural female hormonal fluctuations, so it is something to be aware of.

I'm not sure I'd be doing anything with the sauna this far out outside of using it for recovery purposes. I dont' think you can acclimate your body to "sweat faster" but you can induce fluid retention by putting yourself into a reoccuring state of dehydration. Basically you cause your body to think it needs to hold water. When I help people cut weight, I use the sauna as the last resort---hot water baths and dry heat are my first choice and that is only done the day before the weigh-in. You don't want to induce fluid retention if you can avoid it.

Out of curiosity how old are you?

For basic steps, I think you are right. its hard to help fine tune a cut without knowing alot about the individual. One thing I wouldn't do at your size and what little you need to cut is try to sodium load. Just keep your dietary sodium steady (ie don't load on a high salt meal at any point this week).

chris mason
02-19-2012, 10:26 PM
We are talking about 4 lbs more or less. How long do you have from weigh-in until the meet?

02-20-2012, 07:36 AM
It looks like what your doing is just fine. Good luck in the meet.