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Without a well-structured meal plan, your chances of taking your game to the next are slim. Real slim.
As a MMA athlete, you spend hours in planning your training sessions to be the best and well-rounded fighter that you could ever be. Every Monday you train for strength and conditioning; striking on Tuesdays; Wednesdays and Fridays are spent for grappling; you train for your Jiu Jitsu on Thursdays and Saturdays; and you rest on Sundays.
And you think that with these mapped out training protocol, you are now ready to let in that Octagon opportunity knocking on your door. Well, that’s wrong. In fact, mapping your training session is just less than half of the equation. The thing that will determine whether you can hit that goal or just make excuses in the next few months will be your meal plan.
Neglecting how to plan your meal will give you slim chances of taking your game to the next level. That said, you should learn what Meal Frequency and Meal Composition is. Meal Frequency is the number of time that you should take your meal a day, while Meal Composition refers to the best way of structuring those meals.
To learn more, follow Fighting Insider’s posts in the coming weeks on how to plan your meals.
What's the importance of a proper diet plan for a MMA practitioner?
While there are number of recommended diets for a MMA practitioner, there is no clearly defined “MMA Diet.” That said, it stands to reason that these athletes stay in great condition by eating healthy foods, substituting muscles for fats and working out rigorously. A MMA diet is also important because a training without a proper nutrition program is like driving a car without gas.
There are several reasons why diet and nutrition plays a big role. You can learn them all by hitting the skip.Read the rest of the article »
How to become a vegetarian and and what does it mean to be one? Read on to find the answers.
From Olympian Carl Lewis to notable MMA fighters like Jon Fitch, Jake Shields, Nick Diaz and Mac Danzig, more and more athletes are making their vegetarian diet. However, knowing if you should take the same path as them is not the question. What’s important is knowing how vegetarian should you go. Because in one way or another, we should all become vegetarians to certain extent.
Consuming meat is not a bad thing, but eating too much of it is. You can do that by making every other meal meatless. More over, your meat meals should be of small portion, and it would be better if they are more often fish. Posted after the jump are three lists that states why should you go vegetarian, the different types of vegetarian, and how you can make your transition safe and enduring.Read the rest of the article »
After Alcohol, Fighting Insider talks about the vague impact of Marijuana in this week's MMA Diet 101.
United Nations estimated that about 162 million people use Marijuana annually. The hemp plant is used to induce hunger, decrease pain, boost creativity, have fun, or to decrease anxiety. Marijuana contains more than 400 components, making researches and experiences with the plant diverse and divided as its politics.
In 2010, Harvard University reported that an active ingredient in Marijuana can cut tumor growth up to 50% in common lung cancer. But recently, their research revealed that smoking Marijuana can increase the risk of psychosis and schizophrenia in teenagers. Simply put, researches will never be able to test all 400+ chemicals on broad sample of subjects in order to get any consensus.Read the rest of the article »
Since time immemorial, alcohol's impact to human body is still a debate. So the question is this: How does alcohol affects a MMA fighter's body?
As written the by the renowned Standford University psychologist, Dr. Leo Festinger, “A man with conviction is a hard man to change. Tell him you disagree and he turns away. Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources. Appeal to logic and he fails to see your point.”
Indeed, it is much easier to rationalize reasons in favor of our habits than to discredit them. That is why people dig in to fad diets, which happens to be remarkably similar to how they already eat. And it’s also the same with regards to drinking alcohol. While research has proven that occasional and moderate alcohol consumption have some benefits on human health, it also have its antithesis — especially with regards to athletes.
Following the pre-workout meal discussion last week, Fighting Insider will be sharing what food to eat after you lift those weights in the gym.
“What should I eat and drink after my workout?” is a major concern for all serious athletes. So cutting through all the clutter about the post-workout food that you should take, here are the things that you should know.
First, no miracle post-workout supplements will cure your woes if your diet is poor to begin with. Just because you already swallowed your last night’s dinner and what you ate the entire day, that doesn’t mean that your body ceased burning and dispersing amino acids and nutrients throughout your system. Second, MMA athletes can also benefit from post-lifting whey hydrolysate or amino acid blend shakes. However, more and more MMA fighters are turning to real food nutrition.Read the rest of the article »
What should you eat before you workout depends on you. Check out the article below to know more.
Although the term ‘pre-wrokout’ is commonly used, it vaguely describes its complexity. You often hear pre-workout meals, pre-workout bars, pre-workout supplement, pre-workout drinks. But what you don’t hear is what type of workout influences your nutritional demands beforehand. There are athletes who can eat one meal a day and seemingly break all established rules of nutrition and exercise, while some strength and conditioning coaches recommends doing High Octane Cardio on an empty stomach. The way to know what works best for you is by having a journal.
Keeping track of what you feel, the type of workout that you are doing and its results will help you put these information together. Whether being fit is part of your career or lifestyle, checking in with yourself and knowing what works will help you acquire a long-term and smarter commitment to your body.Read the rest of the article »
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