Have you decided to compete in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Tournament or Mixed Martial Arts Event? This will not only test your skills, but also a great way to see where you stand among your peers. The training leading up to your event is very valuable, but please do not forget about what I like to call the “Other 22 hours” of the day.
When preparing for a BJJ Tournament or MMA Event, you must select a weight class that you would like to compete in. If the “Other 22 Hours” are not managed correctly, it could make getting into your weight class very difficult and force you to lose an extreme amount of weight the night before your event.
Here are 5 tips that will help you drop into your weight class and still have to energy to train and compete:
1. Don’t Cut Weight
Cutting weight is extremely difficult and also very hard on your body. If you have not experienced cutting weight in the past, than you are really not sure how your body is going to react to it. It is in your best interest to plan accordingly and start dropping weight 8-10 weeks before the competition. The last thing that you want to do is cut too much weight right before the event and you end up losing your match because you were too weak.
2. Replace Grains with Greens
This one is simple to explain…Replace things like rice, bread, corn, potatoes, etc. with leafy greens like spinach, asparagus, and broccoli. You should be getting the majority of your carbs after your workout…Timing is everything.
3. What’s The Rush?
Have you ever timed how long it takes you to eat? Well don’t waste your time, I will tell you…WAY TOO FAST!!! The process that your body has to go through in order to break down the nutrients that you feed your body is a slow process. The faster you eat, the less time you are giving your body time to break down the nutrients. Take your time…Drink some water…Read a book.
4. Never Eat Until You Are Full
Think of past Thanksgivings…Do you remember sitting on the coach and feeling like you are about to explode? This is exactly what we are looking to avoid. When looking to drop some body fat…the key is to eat until you are almost full. Leave those extra pieces of food for another meal and remember to take your time. Just because you are eating less food does not mean that you can ignore Tip #3
5. Water, Water, and More Water
Water is the most essential nutrient needed by the human body. A BJJ athlete must always maintain proper hydration levels. This will help increase metabolism, decrease body fat, improve with lean muscle mass, and let’s not forget…PERFORMANCE.