MMA Diet 101: A Fighter’s Meal and its Importance
A good fighter needs a proper and healthy meal. So how can you grab a nutritious food? Fighting Insider got some answers.
Shakes and supplement bars are also part of a fighter’s food pyramid. In fact, grabbing a bar during training session breaks can replenish sugars, electrolytes and vitamins. More over, it can help acquire needed protein to help repair the body from the cumbersome demands of training. However, these supplemental bars and shakes are not natural foods. The smaller chemicals – like healthy bacteria – present in them are either lacking or not present in the same quantity that they would be in foods that were eaten in its unprocessed state.
Though cooking can also cause foods to become denatured, it’s not similar to heavily manufactured products like juice. More over, the fighter that is in control of the food can learn what they like, what their body responds to best, and how to quickly prepare a meal. If you’re aiming to have a healthy meal on your diet, here are some steps that you can immediately use.
1. No Juice
Juice on the shelf is basically fruits and vegetables broken down to bits, a little more than the water and sugar contained within them. Fruits and vegetables are great sources of food as a whole, and not because of their parts. Furthermore, the process of pasteurizing the juice, exposing them to air and light, and the shipping process eliminates many nutritional benefits that a fighter can get from its original source. Ergo, a juice is certainly not anywhere close to having the health benefits contained in a single fruit.
2. Pre-making and Storing Meals
Research suggests that eating six or seven smaller meals throughout the day is healthier than eating two or three larger cookout. So instead of grilling a single chicken breast and boiling a handful of broccoli, roast six or seven chicken breasts and blanch a bag or two of broccoli. A pre-made meal will be just as handy and less time-consuming, than going to the nearest gas station for a quick protein-drink fix.
3. Play Around the Kitchen
After a hard day of training, wind down by playing around the kitchen. Try and experiment new foods. It is important for a fighter to learn about food and how best to prepare them, because an individual who knows what and why they are eating will be more apt to having a healthier grub in the long run. It’s way better than being like a puppet who simply eat what he’s told.
4. Keep a Journal
Keeping a journal with regards to training, work and meal schedules can show a fighter how much more time he still have for the day. Especially if it’s a well-structured daily schedule. Martial artists are known for their discipline, hence a fighter who is confident about his nutritional needs and what his schedule is, will be much ready to choose foods and prepare meals.
5. Make Cooking Social
The social aspect of cooking and eating together has been helping families to harness better relationship. This aspect can be applied by a competitive fighter as well. Training partners or friends that can help prepare dinner or try new recipes can improve fight team dynamics. It can also give an individual additional motivation to stick with healthy eating.
Are you now ready to start eating healthy and have a body of a MMA fighter?