That is my question. The whole carb deplete & carb load idea looks really good on paper and in theory but does it really ever produce the desired results? In my experience after a 3 day carb deplete I have a very difficult time reloading adequately and wind up looking small and flat. It is during this carb up phase that you begin to deplete the water and how can you adequately reload without H20? I am contemplating a very mild deplete followed by my normal eating pattern and dropping sodium. Or possibly reloading earlier almost to the point of spillage leaving a day or two to back off the carbs if needed. Thoughts?