As Martial Arts competitors, we have all been placed in a situation where you have either had to cut 20 pounds for a fight or trained someone who did. I have seen it many times. A guy puts on his suit then runs 10 miles then straps on his Sparring Gloves and fights. In all honesty, I have always thought the practice was crazy. Conversely, I could not argue with the results. I read an interesting article about cutting weight and I thought I would share it with everyone. It brought up a number of good points. I think the biggest point was that you did not need to starve your body of fluids and nutrients in order to drop weight.
The human body is a very complicated machine. Who would think that you could increase the number of meals you eat in a day, and increase your metabolism. Mike Dolce, a nutritionist that helps fighters cut weight, had a very interesting process. He would tweak the fighter’s diet by increasing the meals and nutrients. Then the night before the fight, he would have a fighter sit in the hot tub for at least 30 minutes. Who’d think that a hot tub would work? But then again, we have all used sauna. Once you think it about, it makes perfect sense. The tub is a lot less brutal, and in theory you can actually have fun.
Personally, I hope this process takes roots, and guys stop dehydrating themselves and otherwise damaging the body they will need the next night.
What do you guys think?