7. Keep Eating Salt
It’s widely known that salt causes water retention—but if you cut it completely, your body will scramble to prevent water loss. (Sorry, but it’s smarter than you are.) Continue to salt your food as you usually do until 24 hours before you go shirtless. At that point, avoid any extra sodium (that is, beyond what’s already in your food). When you’re ready to live it up, don’t feel guilty having a drink—at least, not the first one. Alcohol at this stage will actually help your cause—giving you a tighter look—as it has a slight diuretic effect.
The Plan - Here’s how to reach your peak for a Saturday party
Saturday (one week out)
Figure out your calorie, protein, carb, and fat allowance and start eating accordingly. Eliminate all potential allergens (e.g., dairy, soy, and gluten).
Wednesday (three days out)
Complete your last workout of the week, focusing on the body parts you want to look their best on Saturday, such as arms and chest. Don’t train abs. After your workout, increase your carb intake so you’re consuming 2–3 grams of carbs per pound of body weight by the end of the day.
Thursday (two days out)
Adjust carbs if necessary, depending on how you look. Be conservative.
Friday (one day out)
Adjust carbs if necessary. Stop salting your food 24 hours before the time you plan to lose your shirt. Limit your water at night.
Avoid salt and drink half your normal water intake up until the party.