I am not competing, I am not on a diet either. Just making the point, that some people misread/interpret articles wrongly therefore omitting foods from a diet that our fine as article X said they were bad. But article X was for a competing BBers a couple of days before a show, not a some who want to look good for the summer.
Originally posted by Vido
If one is eating a reasonably clean diet I don't know why one would be holding onto a very significant amount of water in the first place.
I think our idea of what constitutes a cut physique is different, body. If you are talking about a competing bodybuilder then of course this person is going to have to get rid of water too, but that happens in the last few days before the contest, so I still wouldn't really consider it part of the cut. I, on the other hand, am just referring to the recreational bodybuilder who is trying to look as good as possible, but isn't competing. If you fall into this latter category then I think your diet would need a serious makeover if the water you are holding is preventing you from looking ripped. The difference is that a competing bodybuilder needs to come in at 3-5% bodyfat in order to win the competition, whereas the recreational bodybuilder is going to look fairly ripped when he is sub-10%.