Understanding Subcutaneous water levels
Prior to beginning your shedding of water routine, it is useful to know the location of the water you are trying to eliminate, and the water that makes your muscles seem fullest. Skin is made up of two layers known as the epidermis and the dermis.
The top layer is the epidermis that acts as a barrier whilst giving your skin a healthy looking color. The bottom layer is the dermis. It contains blood vessels, fat cells, hair follicles, connective tissues, as well as sweat and oil glands. Nerves and lymphatic systems are also there. The dermis is where the subcutaneous water (literally below the skin) can be found.
When needing to achieve your maximum shedding condition this subcutaneous water must be the primary target for being eliminated. Reducing the volume of water triggers your skin to wrap more closely around the muscles underneath it. That in turn helps to make intricate details pop up from under the skin.
Workouts to deplete Glycogen
You will not be able to add muscles in just five days. However it is possible to drastically change the size of your muscles to make them look larger and better defined. Achieving this is assisted by the high storage capacity muscles have for glycogen (the form of carbohydrates when they are stored).
It will be best to avoid muscle failure during workouts and to keep away from excessive amounts of negative contractions. Too many contractions will delay glycogen replenishment, and worse still use precious amino acids as fuel that would reduce muscle size.
The aim is not to tear down muscles during those five days. Instead you’re emptying muscles of glycogen so they can be in a larger compensated for state when needed the most.
Here is a basic glycogen depletion program.
Short-term restriction of carbohydrates
Carbohydrates need to be restricted to roughly 50 grams a day to support the glycogen depletion for a 200 pound bodybuilder, yet could vary if you weigh markedly more or less than that.
Begin your carb load with the likes of white bread, dextrose, and maltodextrin as these are rapidly absorbing carbohydrates. These need to be taken for the first two meals. For the third to sixth meals switch to slower burning carbohydrates like grain bread and brown rice.
What you eat on the sixth day depends on how you look. If you look flat then have a simple sugar based meal. On the other hand if you are holding water still have a protein only meal. Should you feel fine then have a combination of protein and starch in your meal.
For the best results you will need to drink two to three gallons of water daily for the first three days. Then water consumption needs to be cut back to normal levels. This will eliminate subcutaneous water levels most effectively.