It has to be said, weight loss programs suck. I have not learned these weight cutting tips by simply finding them on the net. I’ve obtained these techniques through trial and error… which were not the most fun experiences I’ve ever gone through.
However, if you want to succeed in Boxing or MMA or any type of combat sport, chances are you will need to do it at during some point in your career. Listed here are the most effective weight loss ideas I’ve gotten via my fight career:
My Best 15 Best Weight Cutting Diet Tips.
# 1 – Prepare Emotionally.
Before you go through the stress of cutting down weight you should get your thoughts right. It’s not going to be easy and will to be the most fun thing in the world. Obvious right?
You need to be ready to make sacrifices in order to make weight whether it’s for boxing, MMA, or wrestling. Be ready to go training sessions feeling worn down and be ready to have days where you feel like your stomach is eating itself inside out. It really is the nature of the beast. If you think about going after a sporting lifestyle, you had really better get used to it!
# 2 – Set Weight Goals.
The most obvious objective is to get up or down to whatever weight you are fighting at. Besides that there are still particular goals you should very quickly establish on your owns that you can hold yourself liable. I personally like to specify (and write down) my daily training objectives and the important nutrition objectives throughout my weight loss so that I can readily hold myself responsible.
For instance, one of the most important targets I find myself writing regularly is: Train hard today although you are only consuming 1,500 gram calories.
# 3 – Offer Yourself Enough Time To Cut.
This is where a lot of people make a the biggest mistakes. If you try to cut 20lbs in a week you will certainly hurt your body, stress out your mind and not be physically ready going into the ring (or cage).
I suggest you provide yourself a minimum of 3 weeks to diet and get down to a comfortable weight before you do start cutting water weight. It can really vary however. I know men who begin making far bigger cuts 6 weeks out and I have actually made quite comfortable cuts only 2 weeks out. It’s all based on exactly how you and your body processes the food and reacts to the diet.
# 4 – Write Out A Grocery List.
You can’t expect to consume a healthy and cleaner diet without doing the right type of meal shopping. Compose a list of the meals you need for the weight cut (poultry, green spinach, dried out fruits, nuts and many more) and make you have at the very least a couple days worth, maybe even a weeks worth in your kitchen and refrigerator.
# 5 – Consume REAL Foods.
Throw out those Frozen Dinners! Hell, they should not even be a part of your eating habits anyway! Try to eat natural, healthy, organic foods as long as is possible since it will make a big difference in how you train and how you feel. You feel good, you train better! It can be a bit pricey though but if you have to purchase the one type of food you shouldn’t make sacrifices on is, the meats!
# 6 – Plan Out Weekly Meal Plans.
Preparing out your dishes is going to make the biggest difference to whether you will really reach your target weight. If you don’t have a strategy for this you will deviate from your healthy and balanced eating habits more often than not. Create a weekly meal strategy and stay with it! Remember, you only have yourself to blame if you can’t keep your discipline!
# 7 – Limit Calories.
Most days you will consume about 5,000 gram calories when you are not concerned about reducing my weight. When weight cutting times comes, then your calories will fall anywhere from 1,200-1,800 depending on the day and the types of training you decide to do, which is why it’s important to log everything to see how your body reacts.
# 8 – Limit Carbs, Specifically In the evening.
Yes, limit the carbs but do not take them out altogether! Carbs are your main source of energy and you need to exercise and without them you will feel like shit and result in poor training. That being stated you can’t be consuming as many noodles, grains and breads as you usually would, specifically at night. For breakfast and lunch time of course you can have a piece of bread or an apple, but when it comes to supper time, attempt not to consume any kind of carbs. If I were you, I would consider not eating beyond 7pm because in understanding how to burn fats, your body only burns intake while you are active.
# 9 – Stay Disciplined and Do not Cheat!
This is the crunch, get this right and you are well on the way! You are disciplined in your boxing so you bet your ass you had better be disciplined with your weight cutting diet plan too. Stay persistent, focused and keep your end objective in mind, winning.
# 10 – I Lied, You Are Able To Cheat Occasionally
OK, I guess you can easily cheat now and again, however do not go overboard! If your around your target weight and you feel like having a bigger dish than normal, then go on and have one. You will understand what I mean when you are in the right kind of condition because you can feel it. Your body understands. Do not make it a HUGE unhealthy meal and still ensure it’s portioned. Additionally try your best to have it before an exercise so by doing this you can easily still burn it off!
# 11 – Train Hard!
One of the most important weight cutting tips. Even though you do not have as much food in your body you still should stay focused and press yourself during training. Don’t wimp out, ever! This is where your mental strength and durability needs to play it’s part.
# 12 – Test Drive The Weight Cut Diet plan.
Just like you practice punches you have to practice your weight cutting diet too. When you don’t have a fight prepared it doesn’t mean you should be eating like crap and completely disregard what you put into your body. You must take a week or 2 (or more) to test drive a weight cutting plan to see how you feel, how much your weight drops and what sort of meals operate best for you. Your body is an engine and you need to maintain it not service it once a year!
#13 – Test Drive Cutting Your Water Weight.
You need to test drive cutting that water weight too. I know it’s not the most enjoyable thing, but it’s a great deal much less enjoyable putting on a sweat suit after weighing in a couple pounds over and having to run on a treadmill to sweat it off…. while you watch every one else drinking and eating… it’s not a good feeling.
# 14 – Know How To Rehydrate After Weigh-Ins.
The hard part is done and now you need to resupply your body along with the right liquids and nutrients it requires. Do not just go shoving any kind of meals down your mouth because your body won’t have the ability to process it. First thing you should do is drink lots and lots of fluids (coconut water, pedialyte, smart water etc.) and then start with little snacks for an hour or two. After your tummy processes the snacks, you can have a nice, filling supper. My favorite is typically a sweet potato, chicken, green spinach and some brown rice.
# 15 – Award Yourself!
The most essential weight cutting tip!
Win or draw, I don’t use the other four letter word…. you will have experienced hell to make weight and had the balls to step into the ring and fight a tough opponent. Do yourself a favor and give yourself a reward! Eat a massive steak, munch out at an all you can eat buffet, order some buffalo chicken wings… I usually monster a box of Oreos… you know it makes sense!
Here’s To Keeping Fighting Fit!