These guys are going from 5000+ calories per day to under 2000 calories per day and dropping 10-15% of their body weight during the course of a prep. While some of it may be gear, they are still putting in the work.
For comparison, I would ideally go from a 2500 calorie diet to at 1000 calorie diet and drop roughly 30# to go from 195# to 165# and even then it is unlikely that I would have visible abs, much less have chest and glute striations visible.
That being said, I am tired of my own bullshit and want a healthier metabolic profile with minimal belly fat.
As the saying goes, 99% is a bitch and 100% is a breeze. 100% means no exceptions for birthday cakes, dessert at Thanksgiving, Christmas cookies.
I did this last year and was able to go from 195# down to 180#. I have the same goal today, but past 185# I will have to start weighing and measuring my food. I should probably get in that habit now.
It should be easy as I have a fairly repetitive diet from breakfast and lunch and some variety for dinner.
Day 1 was Sunday 9/26/2021
Day 7 was Sunday 10/3/2021