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Cutting Weight Techniques for Judo

Making Weight Loss Techniques

There are so many different ways to lose weight, and sometimes it can be very confusing how or what you are going to do. Weight loss can be difficult or easy; it all depends on how you approach it.

There are many things to consider when preparing for the competition. This can include pre-composting, sauna-ing, self-starvation, or weight lifting. In this article I will give you brief guidelines on the techniques used by others and the theory behind each. This will not be an article on what to do with the technical guidelines used, for further research.

Diet before the game

Many people believe in diets before the competition. To burn the last bit of fat until their whole weight is all their muscles usually use a low protein diet all dinner or dinner at all. To lose weight, you must burn more calories than what you put in your body. Many studies suggest that having 3 times a day slows Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR (metabolism) but with 6 small meals a day your BMR continues to increase which results in burning more calories throughout the day.

Depending on how much weight you need to lose, you should start a 6 week diet that leads to competition.

Many people find dieting the most difficult opponent in Judo. Dieting requires constant discipline and monitoring and can be very absorbing when preparing food, knowing what to eat and not eating and eating well enough not to run or get sick.

Low carb diets:

Low carb diets are very popular. There are many versions there but all are very similar. The same says there are carbohydrates for breakfast and lunch but none after 2pm, and protein dinners, while others say no dinner at all.

A very important rule when it comes to diet is, 'if you lose weight, don't change your diet. Once you plateau then change your diet. "Make sure when doing a diet to talk to a professional or self-study so you do everything right Experience shows me that my low-carb diet didn't start to lose weight in about 2 weeks, so in 2 weeks I practiced like crazy and because I didn't lose any of my weight is on a harder and healthier diet and I will end up running down and getting some kind of flu-like illness, everyone's different so listen to your body and adjust your diet accordingly.

The dark side of the low carb diet

The human body uses 4 sources of energy, namely fat, carbohydrates, protein and alcohol. But the brain (the center of control of the human body) uses only carbohydrates for energy. It doesn't use any other source of energy, so if your muscles have no energy either your brain. This is why your low carb diet is tired, tired, drowsy and mentally ill. Many athletes do not like to go on a low carb diet because of a low carb diet that you cannot train hard or for ever. This is not good because it promises competition that you want to practice 100% without feeling tired, sluggish and mentally drained.

Consuming a low carb diet (and diet in general) is all about trial and error, the more you compete and the better you gain the more you know how your body reacts and feels.

Low diet diets

Low-fat foods (Fiber) are used mainly during the last week or weeks and half to the competition. The stomach can hold an average male (75 kg) 4 kg, and a female (60 kg) weighs 2 kg and cannot take up to 1 week to clear the abdominal weight. Low fiber diets are used not to water the stomach but to ensure that anything that is eaten does not stay in the stomach. It goes in and out because there is minimal fiber. These foods are great because you can eat foods like white bread, cookies, rice bubbles and so on and you know they won't just sit in your gut that shouldn't weigh you.

Another negative aspect of a low-fiber diet is the fact that it does not contain vitamins and minerals. I recommend that on any diet you should take a variety of vitamins and minerals to supplement anything you may miss in your regular diet.


Diuretics are a type of medicine that is used to get rid of fluid and food by making you go to the toilet a lot. I personally have never used diuretics but I have friends who have used it before. Some athletes take celery tablets and this should make you go to the toilet more often.

Another technique is to drink up to 6 liters of water a day 2 weeks out of competition and you can imagine how often you will go to a large drinking toilet. Then last week they drank as little as possible. The theory behind this is to trick your body into thinking that it holds water until it flows out.

I think this is bad for 2 reasons. Your bladder is too heavy and the human body is smarter than that.

Also 2 weeks out of comp form I don't want to be 2 kg heavier because too much water, mentally bad.

One of the most popular theories is that your caffeine drink is dry, this is true. Let me explain: If you drink 1 liter of water, your body can hold 600ml, so take 400 ml of it. Caffeine is a diuretic meaning that if you drink 1 liter of it your body will only hold 200 ml and take another. So people think it helps you lose weight but in fact your body only holds less than that.

This theory is the same as the negative calorie theory of celery.

Weight loss

Weight loss is a term used where you have to sweat and eat as little as possible to gain weight. This is the most common technique used for weight loss not only in judo but also in racing, boxing and horse racing. Some athletes may lose up to 6 kg in a sauna depending on their weight and how much muscle mass they have. How much muscle is important because muscle is 70% water, so the more muscle you have the more water you can lose in the sauna.

There are 4 ways to lose weight in a sauna.

With the clothes on: Some athletes get into a sauna with lots of clothes and sweat that way. This is a great way to warm up quickly but when you start to sweat your clothes get wet and I believe it cools you down causing less sweat from the skin.

Exercise there: Push-ups, boxing, jump stars are what you can imagine. What these athletes don't realize is that when your body temperature is raised, you start to sweat. These athletes do not know that when your core temperature is raised, you will start to sweat, it will not only continue to rise, it should be raised to that level. Sweat can only come out so fast and other exercises will only waste your energy.

I have found that many women may not lose a lot of weight in the sauna, I recommend these girls to run or exercise in the sauna.

Sit in the swim: Sitting in the sauna is, I believe, the best way to lose weight. Just sit there and keep all the sweat on your body. This will encourage more sweat to come out.

Baby Oil: Some people put baby oil all over their skin and the theory behind it is to clog pores on your skin. This will increase your core temperature causing more sweat. I think this method is stupid because why are you making it harder for your body to sweat by clogging pores, don't you just let the sweat out.

How long have you been to a sauna?

Some people like to dry it on a big hit, (also saves money) but if you have a little loss and you don't mind paying try losing weight in a few days. For example, if I compete on a Sunday, I will have a little sauna on a Friday and then sit alone and maybe if I'm lucky and I lose weight for dinner. This is all up to the athlete and how well they are doing in the way they want.

I didn't lose weight in the sauna?

I don't know why but some women just don't put pressure on the sauna. For these people I suggest buying a sauna suit and going for a run or bike or something. Just carpet and go for it, maybe these girls need to go and exercise in the sauna that can help them.

Can't I find a sauna?

If you can't find the sauna here, there are a few options.

- Put on many layers of winter clothing and go for a run or sit on a exercise bike and ride hard.

- Rug and sit in the car with the heater turning on full blast.

- Turn on the hot shower in the bathroom and let it sit nice and steamy there and dry it. (Don't burn yourself.)

- Sit down with a hot bath and sweat that way.

Should I gain weight?

If you are overweight and saunaing and everything else just move to the weight part. It all depends on what you want judo wise. Whether you are a recreational or competitive player, whatever your goal. Can you increase the weight and still be competitive internationally if not at the national level? It all depends on what you want from judo.

Some athletes, especially in weightlifting, are able to lose some weight, as long as they are faster than their heavier opponents. For example, Kurt Angle loses about 10 pounds when he struggles. Another example is a Slovenian heavyweight girl. He fought +78 and weighed only 85 kg. He was fast and strong, placing second in the 2007 world championships.

For more information on different ways to gain weight, ask older competitors how they gain weight. Also do some research on the internet and find the best for you, keeping in mind that trial and error are the only way to perfectly lose weight comfortably.

I hope this report helps you think about how you will handle weight problems in the future.

Matt D 'Aquino


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