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How to Cut Weight for a Competition or Fight

When it comes to weight loss, many martial artists swear by it. The idea behind it is that if I can weigh it at 150 pounds, then gain weight before the fight, and fight at 165 pounds, then I will have the advantage over my opponents. This concept is most popular in western martial arts; Brazilian wrestlers and jiu jitsu jitsu are so big on it, in fact, that you basically have to lose weight, so you can be an EQUAL measure to your opponent. I lost weight successfully in my tournament and I got people asking for advice on how to do it safely and easily, so I thought I'd share it with each body. Warning: losing weight is not easy, but it is worth the night of the fight.

First, before cutting you should lean. You need to prepare your body for competition. I tried to gain a target weight of 12 pounds before I started to cut my true. For a healthy way to lose weight, I recommend the Paleo Diet, aka a caveman. Simple Google Search can give you some good free information on that. You need to be at 8-12 pounds 5 days before your weight loss. Now, the common misconception is that people think they will regain their lost weight during their diet before they fight. You will not, you will regain 2 to 3 pounds maximum of your diet when you fight. This is important to know because if you lose 12 pounds from your goal, and then lose 12 pounds, you only lose 15 pounds on the night of the fight. If you eat up to 8 pounds short of your goal, you will probably only gain 11 pounds back during your fight. So, the more weight you lose, the harder it is, but the more you will lose. In martial arts, and especially in wrestling, every pound counts!

So! Now your body is lean and ready to fight. Now comes the part that will test his dedication. We will start the deduction 5 days before the weight. On day 5.4, and 3 before weight loss, you should drink 2 gallons of water daily. DO NOT HAVE A DISTILLED WATER. The amount of distilled water will wash away all the minerals from your body, leaving your skin exposed and your head ache. Drink pure water. I carry about a gallon with me, so it's easier to remember how much I drank. At this point there is no change in your diet, just eat healthy and get rid of the fat you have lost in your diet. You're going to the bathroom like crazy! This is what we want. What we do is slowly wash some of the minerals in your body (temporarily) this will help you retain less water at the end of the cut.

Once you've done this, for three days you can retry the water. 2 days before your weight you want to drink one gallon of water. However, today, we must remove all sodium from our diet. This means vegetables, raw, and green vegetables. You can eat fruit for carbohydrates / energy. Also, lean meat is good. Chicken or fish, but no sodium-based flavor. This means no cooking sauce, no teriyaki sauce, no salt. I usually sponsor my fish with lemon juice. Not the best, but only for today. This will help us release the waiting water the next day.

Now, you are a day of heavy-in. Today is the hardest day, but don't worry, tomorrow will pay off. Today we don't drink water at all. Because of all the preparations we made in the previous days, we didn't need a sauna or do the ridiculous hard work. Just do your usual work. The amount you sweat because of our provision will be sufficient. Also, throughout the day, and especially at night, your body will lose weight by itself. As far as food goes; your food will be minimal. Go to your local grocery store and select Balance Bar or some high energy bar in calories but low in actual weight. Weight bars, like protein bars, are too hydrated, and will put weight inside your body. I highly recommend the Balance bar. They are biased and they provide the calories you need to get your work done. He usually eats 3 throughout the day. Eat nothing but 3 bars.

When you wake up in the morning, you need to be around 1-3 pounds of your weight. You'll be thirsty and hungry, but it's almost there. Take a natural supplement called Triphala. You should be able to find it at a health food store or on the internet. So you may need to order this ahead of time. Take this dose (don't worry it's natural and you can't overdo it). All you have to do is empty your stomach. You will lose a few pounds and have to aim at this point. Weigh you as early as you can have the maximum recovery time.

Once you weigh in, you need to start the most important step: recovery. You must have 24 hours to recover. After losing weight, you may feel a little run down, but food and water will never feel so good. Begin your recovery with Pedialite, which you can find at any grocery store. It tastes bad but they have some good fruit now. You want to drink one tablespoon at a time. The holding fluid will cause them to flow through you and you will not hold on to nutrients. Eat after a drink and drink everything. Then switch to water. If it's available to you, drink high PH water. 9.5 water if you can find it. Depending on where you live this may be easy to find or impossible. I have a filter in my sink that allows me to get it. If you don't have it, drink Arrowhead. As far as bottled water goes, it is highest on the PH scale; 7.0. You may need to drink up to 2.5 gallons. Still keep drinking one tablespoon at a time. Don't rely on your thirst response to let you know when you're hydrated. Drink until your urine is clear.

Some of the supplements that will help you recover, if you want to spend that money, are Ionic Minerals, and spirulina chlorella. Both are available online. They are all natural, and TRUE helps you absorb the water you drink, this way you have to spend a whole day drinking a gallon of water.


If you get down to the wire and lose weight, there are some things you can do to lose an extra pound or so. Spit to help, suck jolly ranchers and fill the water bottle. One bottle of water = about one pound.

I do not recommend using the sauna, but if you are one pound short and you have 30 minutes to lose weight, use it, but only in an emergency.


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