, May 26, 2012 ) Las Vegas, Nevada -- Cutting down weight is amust for fighters who wish to go down a particular weight division. However, the fighter should not neglect his body's needs no matter how important losing weight can be. The fighter should lways remember that the health is the top priority.
Cutting Weight MMA Style
One of the most common ways that mixed martial artists do to lose weight is to decrease their fluid intake. The human body is known to excrete fluids on a regular basis. This is due to some of the natural body processes like breathing, urinating, sweating and many more. Once the person does not replace the lost fluid volume, it is easy for him to lose weight. This is considered as the best technique because it does not require any special effort, fighter simply just have to reduce his fluid intake and he can lost about 5-6 pounds daily. Once a person has no fluid intake for 24 hours, he is at risk for dehydration. Because of this, fighters take some fluids but it is limited to just water.
Another great weight loss technique is to sweat. This is also another popular method however this involves lots of efforts and can leave the fighter feeling weak. Most fighters sweat by exercising with the use of a plastic sweat suit, stay in a sauna and do cardio. This is said to help fighters lose about ten pounds in a single day.
The last method that fighters use is by moving their bowels. Since a majority of the food that a person has eaten in the last 24 hours remain in the intestine. Clearing it out can give way to fast weight loss. This can be done by eating fruits and veggies that are rich in fiber. If this is not enough, taking a natural mild laxative will also help. By doing this, the fighter can say goodbye to about five pounds of his body weight.
Gaining Weight The MMA Way
When fighters cut down their weight, they skip eating various sugar-containing foods and they are limiting their source of nutrients. Without any sugars, the blood sugar levels will go down the drain. What most fighters do in order to keep their blood sugar level stable is by eating carbohydrates.
The mistake that most fighters do is to gulp down everything they ca get their hands on right after the weigh-in. The bad thing about this is that it will leave them feeling bloated and nauseous. The best way to eat after cutting down on weight is to eat small meals every thirty minutes. By doing so, the body of the fighter can get the chance to recuperate before diving in for one more round. Greasy foods should be avoided since these can slow down the performance of the fighter.
Drinking the fluids that were lost is also one way to gain weight. The secret here is to drink water until the urine becomes clear, indicating that the person is already well rehydrated.
These are simple but highly effectives tips when it comes to gaining and losing weight.
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