Essentials: Weight a Minute: Diets for Combat Athletes

The most challenging aspect of being in a sport like boxing mma or any sport really for that matter is trying to keep a certain weight limit. this can be especially challenging for many people who may need to lose those extra pounds in order to compete. But not too hard to do if you have the right tools and resources and most of all the will power to achieve your goals.

With that in mind, some of you already know this (some of you may not) but training and sweating does little to help your effort if you are then going to McDonald's to get a Big Mac extra value meal with ice cream after a long, strenuous workout or training session. So here are some tips to get you there and remember WILL POWER!!! you'll need it to get to where you want to go in the sport of combat.

  1. Drink more water than you think you need- The Normal diet suggestion for average individuals is 8 full glasses of water. In a sport where you will be sweating your butt off, you need to at least double that. Cramps, dehydration, and even more serious conditions such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke can occur from not properly consuming the right amounts of water.
  2. Stop eating anything made of sugar or refined flour and eat foods that are as close as possible to their original state.- This i know is extremely hard to do, most foods today are processed, but to help with the weight loss effort consuming natural, unprocessed foods can be beneficial. Some of the rising new foods today is Non-GMO and Gluten Free foods.
  3. Know that you can slip in a cheat meal, but it takes planning- Cheat meals are necessary to stop from going insane if you are in a restrictive diet phase. If you dont, you'll end up slipping and gorge on food that you shouldn't be eating, reversing all of you earned hard work. Plan a day and time you want to have that cheat meal. A good suggestion is to do it when you are planning to go out with friends and or family.
  4. Know that you can drink, but if you're serious about your training it is going to hinder your progress.- Drink I mean alcohol. This goes hand  in hand with cheat meals and eating as well. Beer contains carbs and empty calories that you dont need in your body. However there are more diet friendly beers out there that cater to these crowds. The point is dont over do it, as with the same of cheat meals it will not bring you any more pleasure after you look at your belly after the night is over.

There you go. Short. Simple. Tips and tools to help you achieve your goals whether you are training to be a better person and shed some extra pounds or going to be a serious competitor, you will need this information in order to succeed in your journey.

 

Dream Big. Hustle Hard. 


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