Dr. Layne Norton with Part III on cutting slow for powerlifters over at Juggernaut Training.
This is part of an ongoing series. To get up to speed, you may want to read or re-read the first two installments
I always say that powerlifters could learn a lot from bodybuilders and bodybuilders could learn a lot from powerlifters. But there are many mistakes that both groups make. As nutritionally astute as many bodybuilders would like to think they are, they make a ton of mistakes when dieting for contests. Namely, crash dieting and not giving themselves enough time.
These are people who agonize about eating every 2 hours and are petrified that if they don’t get at least 4000 calories they are going to overtrain and wither away. But when it comes to dropping bodyfat, they often diet on ridiculously low calories and do a TON of cardio. Nothing is more detrimental to strength and muscle mass than overdieting and overcardio-ing. Now, obviously the dieting period isn’t great for strength, but there are ways to mitigate strength losses or, dare I say, still make strength gains. But you have to be willing to go slow.