What you may not know about MMA fighters is that most of them are at least 20 to 30 pounds above their weight category during a competition. So, are they cheating?
Not at all – they just know how to cut weight sufficiently enough on the day of the weigh-in and then pick up the lost weight in time for the fight.
The MMA Diet for Cutting Weight that we are going to tell you about here is used by ALL professional MMA fighters. The tricks of the trade revealed here are very common in the sport.
Sure, it might seem hard to believe that anyone can lose so much weight so quickly, but with the right MMA Diet for Cutting Weight, it is certainly possible and done by every MMA fighter. Let’s see how this is done, and how the MMA Diet for Cutting Weight works.
The trick to cutting weight safely for an MMA fighter is to consume the right foods a month in advance of the weigh-in. The food you take should provide the energy you need for the training sessions and yet help to cut down your weight.
You should start altering your diet a month in advance of the weigh-in. First, you should cut down on your carbohydrate intake by quite a bit. In fact, make it a rule – NO processed carbs, not matter what! This will help with the weight loss in a big way.
So sugar should be completely removed from the diet. Just don’t have anything that has any sugar in it – not even fruit juice. It’s okay and in fact recommended, to eat fruits, but never take fruit juice.
Here’s what your MMA Diet for Cutting Weight should consist of…
Breakfast: Hard-boiled eggs, Oatmeal, Avocado, Unsalted Nuts, Protein Shake.
Lunch: Chicken, Turkey, Steak, Tuna, Salmon, Vegetables, Nuts and Protein Shake.
Dinner: Sweet Potato, Boiled/Grilled Vegetables, Steak, Salmon, Chicken, Fish and Tuna.
The goal is to eat your food as raw and fresh as possible. This means not having any sauces or condiments, and definitely staying away from bread or wheat loaves. Instead, use cabbage leaves to wrap the food.
Yeah, I know such a diet lacks taste and is highly unappealing, but hey, as an MMA fighter, you have to lose weight at all cost, otherwise you will be disqualified even before the fight begins. It takes 3 to 4 weeks for the effects of such a diet to kick in. By the time of the weigh-in you will have cut down a lot of weight and yes, you will be able to make the cut quite comfortably.
Just be sure not to eat or drink anything the night before the weigh-in and not to have anything for breakfast on the day of the weigh-in either. Yeah, I know it’s hard, but hey, you can make up for all the hard work, refuel and recharge your body after the weigh-in is over and you have been cleared for the fight.
A final word on rehydrating and refueling your body after the weigh-in. Ensure that you have as much fluid as possible. Your body and muscles need to be rehydrated as much as possible. You should drink at least 11 to 12 liters of water in the period between the weight-in and the fight. Take an electrolyte drink every 2 hours.
And start eating meals in smaller proportions throughout the day, one every couple of hours and a big meal for dinner. Remember, this should not be used as an excuse to eat junk food or unhealthy food. You should have the same foods we listed earlier, except that you can add potatoes, bread and cheese to the diet.
I wish you all the best, and remember that if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments section at the bottom of any blog post. It’s great to hear from you.
Founder of Mixed Martial Arts