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Cutting Weight: Part 1

To start, this is something that I’m going to have as an ongoing series of blog posts, based around this process, as it is a subject that is always changing, and always evolving.  To begin this series, I’d like to clarify the difference between cutting weight and healthy weight loss.

Cutting Weight

Cutting weight is the practice of rapid weight loss, usually prior to a sporting competition that requires a weigh-in before the competition.  This is something that fitness models & athletic models can benefit from as well to help prepare their physique for a photo shoot.  Cutting weight is short-term weight loss, and is something that shouldn’t be maintained for long periods of time, as it usually consists of unhealthy practices.  These practices include:

  • Dehydration
    • We’ve been hearing it since we were kids, over half of our body is composed of life sustaining water.  This makes it rather tempting for those cutting weight to dehydrate themselves to make it into their respective weight class.  This can be done in many ways (water loading, sweat suits, sauna, jacuzzi, creams, etc) which I’ll discuss in this series.
  • Dieting
    • When I say dieting, I’m not talking about your general dietary intake, I’m talking about specific foods at specific times, to aid in rapid weight loss.  This could be categorized as crash dieting, only in the sense that once you stop dieting, you will usually gain the weight right back.  There are certain foods and drinks that help to expel waste and excess water from the body that are usually included.
  • Supplements
    • From naturally occurring supplements, such as CLA, to over-the-counter & prescription diuretics, which I’ve personally never dabbled with, but will try to share as much information that I’ve gathered about them.  Laxatives (I’ve never done this) would also fall into this category.

Some things to consider

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 what something I do might not kill me, might just kill you. :(

With that being said…

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this series on cutting weight!  If you have any questions that you would like for me to address in regards to cutting weight, please feel free to leave a comment below.

This is part of an ongoing series


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