Martial Arts & Fitness

Cutting Weight: Drink Your Weight Away pt. 1

Some things to consider before reading

Cutting weight should NEVER be done before consulting your doctor or without being under the supervision of a professional.  We’re talking about some heavy stuff here, your life is on the line, so treat it with the same seriousness as you would a deadly weapon.  It’s only deadly in the wrong hands.  Take my advice and experiences with a grain of salt, everyone (for the most part) is different, and while something I do might not harm me, may harm you.

How much water do you drink a day?

Yes, this is a very important question when it comes to cutting weight! I’m sure you might have heard that you should be drinking at least 8 cups of water a day. I strongly disagree with this and believe most people should be drinking at least a gallon of water a day, especially active people and if you’re reading this, you’re most likely an active person. When it comes to training hard for a fight, I personally drink around 2 gallons of water a day. When you are in good shape, your body becomes very efficient at cooling itself down, sweat is a part of that. If your body is efficiently cooling itself, you should be sweating a lot. Honestly, this is the first place I start when assessing someones general well-being. Also, I don’t expect you to be able to go from drinking 8 cups of water a day, to two gallons, it’s something you have to do slowly (see my article on starting a new diet) and does take practice.

But I don’t like drinking water

Do you not like to live? Seriously, you need to re-assess your mindset if this is what you’re thinking. You’d be surprised how often I actually hear this, especially in top-level martial artists… Can you guess who else was having a hard time cutting weight? Like I said, you have to ease into this habit and you must be honest with yourself and hold yourself accountable on this one.

What if I told you that drinking more water will actually reduce water retention?

Another concern I hear is regarding water retention, and it’s a legitimate concern. That extra few ounces could cost an athlete their spot on the wrestling team or that title belt because they have to be at a certain weight for their class. Believe it or not, drinking more water will actually reduce water retention. You’re body holds anywhere from 5-15lbs of extra water weight depending on your dietary intake, including how much water you’re drinking. Don’t get caught with your pants down if you’re an athlete where you’re relationship with Earth’s gravity matters. Drink your damn water!

Now for the “cutting” method!

Now, if you’ve read this far, you are genuinely interested in this stuff. Since this is a secret that I usually hold close for my students, athletes and clients, I’m very excited to have giving it away FOR FREE in my 2nd edition newsletter that came out May 12th 2014!

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