90% of all wrestlers who cut weight will make this big mistake...
Recently I was asked to give a clinic on wrestling nutrition to a High School team.
I spelled out the basics of wrestling nutrition and how to keep your energy throughout the season. I then committed the end of the clinic to answering questions... and boy oh boy, I got a lot of them. Most of the questions had to do with cutting weight. That's because all of the wrestlers on this team were cutting weight (except 2 guys who were wrestling UP a weight class)
Before I gave answers I wanted to know how much weight they cut, what methods they used to do it, and how often they cut weight...
Many of the wrestlers were using the dreaded "binge and purge" style of cutting weight.
They would starve and dehydrate themselves for a few days, make weight, wrestle, pig out, gain 15 lbs back, and repeat in a few days.
That is the WORST thing you can do. You see, cutting weight through starving and dehydrating depletes your muscle cells of glycogen and then leaves you tired and weak. Pigging out after a match for a few days confuses the body too. It begins to think that it has a surplus of calories and wants to hold on to them. BUT, these calories get rapidly stored as fat because the body is "scared" of you starving it again.
The body is smart...
It would much rather hold on to fat then muscle (it's a natural protective reaction against starving). So, when you binge and purge with your eating a couple of times each week for months on end you lose a ton of functional muscle.
So what should you do?
Keep closer to your weight by eating nutritionally-dense foods.
Nutritionally-dense foods are those that have a high amount of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) per calorie. When you eat these types of foods your body is satisfied rapidly because of the high nutrient content. Therefore, it doesn't need as many calories.
Some great examples of nutritionally-dense foods:
- free roam whole eggs
- grass fed beef
- sweet potatoes
- red berries
- Ezekiel bread
- nut butters (Almond is best)
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Make the switch to nutritionally-dense foods and you'll find maintaining your body weight to be much easier... Stay away from the "empty-calorie" foods such as candy, soda, pizza and burgers..
Train hard, train smart,
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