Friday, March 18, 2011

Cutting Weight

There is a difference between losing weight and losing size. Wrestlers, professional fighters, and any other athlete that requires weighing in will use the tactic of weight cutting. Weight cutting is the technique of losing weight, while staying as big as you can be. So when I compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I may walk around at 165, but I will cut weight down to 149. Why? Because I will still be the size of a 165lber so, if my opponent makes the mistake of fighting at his natural weight and walks around 149 and fights me, he will have a size and strength disadvantage.

If weigh ins are a day before, a fighter could easily cut weight, and gain it all back before fight time. So if I weigh in a day before at 149, by fight day I will be back up to around 163.

How does this happen? It's not pretty but a lot of people trying to lose weight will use the weight cutting tactics, which are not the same as size cutting tactics.

First try to sweat out as much water as you can. Sauna suits, saunas, steam rooms, hot showers, and tons and tons of cardio. You don't even care about how many calories you burn, just how much fluid you lose. You also try to get as much out of your bowels as you can. Lots of fiber, flushes, detox, etc. Maybe liquid diet so you can sweat it out.

The benefit to fighters is you don't lose size and you can gain your weight back really REALLY easily. Bad for people trying to make themselves leaner and smaller? You may lose weight but you won't be any smaller, and it's really REALLY easy to gain the weight back. And with this method you will ALWAYS gain the weight back.
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