A healthy and strong body is imperative to anyone, but especially if you are wanting to become a mixed martial arts fighter. The only way to obtain a healthy and strong body is through exercise and almost more importantly the diet. However, MMA fighters aren’t just normal people who should eat just a healthy diet. They are like a Ferrari who has an elite engine but can’t run on crap. You can’t expect that Ferrari to run at peak levels when all you are putting into it is bad gasoline. If you chose to invest over $250,000 on a car of this caliber chances are you would pony up a few extra dollars to put premium gasoline in it. So, why don’t you do that with your body?
Most mixed martial art fighters already know that eating smaller portions is better then eating 3 square meals a day. With 3 meals it takes a toll on your body to break down the large portions of food that you eat. When you eat smaller portions you keep the fire stoked so to say. Your body finds it much easier to breakdown the smaller portions and utilizes the carbohydrates, proteins, and fats much more effectively.
The important thing to remember is that the body primarily consumes carbohydrates during an intense training session. So, a couple of great foods in this category are fruit, oatmeal, and pasta however in smaller portions. By eating these type of foods in smaller portions you will give your body the energy and nutrients that it needs to burn during those hardcore training sessions. It is also important to stay away from high sugar drinks, fried foods, and high fat foods especially on training days.
One important thing to remember is that your body will need more protein the harder your training sessions are. So, when you know that your pushing your body it is critical that you replenish your muscles with the proteins need to build the muscles back up. Although this article will not go into the technical details of lowing weight for a fight it is even more important to know how to balance this when you need to lose weight. Because your body needs to have the protein to replenish the muscles but you also have to watch what you eat.
So, just keep in mind that an MMA athlete is a premium sport car and needs to best gasoline possible. Although supplements can be used help your MMA diet it is important to be sure you aren’t taking ingredients that will get your into trouble when a post fight blood test is done.