Today we are going to talk about a very controversial topic but one that should be discussed by everyone who participates in a sport with weight classes. Thats right today we are going to talk about cutting weight. We are just going to talk about some high level topics and ideas. For more info ask an instructor for more info or check out our youtube video on cutting weight.
Here is a little question answer format on the topic of weight cutting. Give it a read and let us know what you think.
Cutting weight is the same as losing weight
The term “cut” refers to a rapid, temporary weight loss. Long-term weight loss refers to shedding body fat and keeping it off.
We expect our competitors to cut weight for every tournament.
New competitors already have too much to worry about for their first few tournaments. Focus on learning technique, rule sets, and working through nerves before adding the stress of cutting weight.
There is a science to cutting weight.
Although there are a lot of myths, there are proven methods of cutting weight safely. Make sure a coach or professional is guiding you through the process.
Cutting weight increases your chances of winning your division.
There is no proof that cutting weight will help you win. In fact, a bad weight cut could cost you the win because of lack of energy and fatigue.
I need to train in a hoodie and sweat the weight out weeks before the tournament.
Sweating can work the day before or day of the weigh in, but as soon as you drink water, the weight will come back. There is no way to sweat out weight days or weeks before a tournament.
After cutting weight, you will gain the weight back.
When returning to a normal daily Calorie and water intake, you will gain the weight back that you cut. Some people gain even more weight back because they indulge in the foods they missed out on during the cut!
Cutting weight has its place in the fighting world.
Cutting weight may be recommended for an MMA fight or high-level competition. This is a decision that should be made with the help of your coach.