MMA Diet 101: Fats
In this week's edition of MMA Diet 101, check out the best source of healthy fats and the reasons why it is important.
Due to intense training sessions, fighters burn calories rapidly and are having a hard time taking in enough amount of it. Therefore, healthy fats should make up a bountiful portion of a fighter’s diet. Good fats are best source to replenish the body with loss calories, while acquiring many anti-inflammatory, anti-depression and other health benefits for the brain and heart.
Almonds, walnuts, coconut milk, extra virgin olive oil, fish oil and flax-seed are some of the best source of healthy fats. On the other hand, animal fats – like those coming from milk or meat – have their own place in a balanced diet. It can help increase testosterone and balance nerve functioning that can fuel recovery, but animals store toxins in their fat deposits. That’s why it is a safer bet to make the fat sources aforementioned to be a fighter’s foundation.
- During your laid back times, get a coffee mug and fill it with frozen wild blueberries, raw almonds, flax-seed meal and coconut milk. It’s a sweet treat that can replace your urge to munch on some ice cream.
- Always sprinkle your whole wheat pasta with extra virgin olive oil. By “extra virgin”, we mean the olive’s first press.
- Take in some fish oil pills, after waking up. There are studies suggesting that fish oil may enfeeble the Cortisol spike in the morning. Cortisol is a stress hormone that is associated in increased body fat, especially around the abdomen, and decreased bone density. If a fighter would like to carry as much functional muscles on his frame as possible, he can’t afford to have either of those.
- Purchase raw nuts, rather than those coated with chocolates, salt or sugar. And always remember to have a handful of it throughout the day.
- Be extra aware of your fat intake, especially if weigh-ins are approaching.