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MMA Diet 101: Fiber

Written on April 30, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's MMA Diet 101, Fighting Insider will tell you why eating real foods are way healthier that the processed ones.

Fiber is being made sexy by most nutritional product advertisements. The commercials usually present the known health information that fiber will help your spend less time on the toilet, and more time either playing golf with the guys or being sexily shaped liked the curved containers. However, fiber supplements should only be used if you simply can’t acquire enough from real foods. They are often highly processed which may result to excessive laxative effects, stomach bloating or interference with the body’s natural food break down process and nutrient absorption.

But what if fiber anyway?

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MMA Diet 101: Cooking Your Food

Written on April 22, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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You know what healthy foods you should keep in your cupboard. But how should you eat them?

Now that Fighting Insider is done talking about the basic food facts, it’s time that we learn what goes around them. What are the foods we’re eating cooked in? What is it coated or flavored with?

First thing we have to talk about is the dip that we use whenever we eat. Though eating your veggies is such a healthy thing, the dressing you need for each bite has some disadvantages. By dipping your foods, you are masking the natural sweetness and flavor of your food. To switch that to a healthier method, use natural products like hummus or natural nut butters. They will add a host of vitamins, nutrients and healthy fats to your meal. Just be sure to include these dips in your overall caloric intake.

Now, should you go cooked food or raw food?

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MMA Diet 101: Dietary Control

Written on April 17, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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If you're one aspiring MMA fighter, and would like to start the exercise for your body, it's time to learn how to have a dietary control.

The term “diet” has negative connotations in many people’s minds. Diet can be associated with a short-term and strict nutritional plan of eating bland foods and drinking tasteless drinks to lose a few pounds. Hence in recent years, words like “lifestyle” and “holistic” were used to show that diet is not something that should be ephemeral.

Whatever dietary changes your choose, be sure to carry them out slowly. Dietary control is such a complex topic, that it is psychologically deeper than being tough. There are five ways on how to exhibit dietary control. Check them out after the break.

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MMA Diet 101: Calories

Written on April 09, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Whether a MMA athlete would like to lose or gain weight, caloric intake is one important thing to consider. And there are ways on how a fighter can fix his caloric intake depending on his needs.

A calorie is the amount of heat necessary to raise one gram of water by one degree Celsius. Calories is the most easily quantified dieting variables among them all. Regardless of the food or drink source, a caloric intake will define whether you gain or lose weight.

The truth is this: Healthy human beings can gain weight by taking in more calories than what their body can burn. On the other hand, an individual who would like to lose weight must consume calories fewer than the body burns. And among anything else, always remember that the healthier and cleaner your diet is, the better your body will respond in the ways you hope for.

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MMA Diet 101: Supplements

Written on April 03, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Is taking food supplements necessary or not? Find the answer at the article below.

While many nutritionists would instruct their clients to avoid taking supplements, the truth is that it should be taken. However, supplements may not be absolutely essential. It can and definitely make miraculous changes in our body. But what people don’t know is what else the supplement may be doing to our bodies.

See Fighting Insider’s crash course in supplements after the break.

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MMA Diet 101: Fats

Written on March 27, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Carbohydrates

Written on March 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Before stuffing yourself with lots of carbs, here are some tips to help you make a healthier choice.

There is a perpetual talk about “good” and “bad” carbs. Though the approach can be very simple, it can be a helpful foundation for anyone who’s looking for healthier food choices. Some food source of bad carbs are white bread, white rice and refined sugars. These carbs offer little other than sugar, and is not slowly digested and absorbed by the body. As a result, it can make blood sugar levels surge quickly.

But wouldn’t we like to rise our blood sugar levels quickly? In fact, we do. Carbohydrates energizes our body, hence loading up a lot of it can give us enough power to do a hard day’s work. But for a healthier choice, check out the five carbohydrate tips after the jump.

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MMA Diet 101: Protein

Written on March 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of MMA Diet 101: How important is protein for our body and how should it be consumed?

It’s no mystery that protein builds muscles and that it is made up of various amino acids. Hence, most fighters make protein and protein supplement the cornerstone of their unbalanced diet. Typically, scientific advice would say that athletes of any discipline must take one gram of protein per pound of body weight. But wouldn’t that make the fighter think too much about food measure? In reality, there is no perfect number of protein intakes. All that a fighter needs to do is take some protein with each meal.

The most common sources of protein are chicken, buffalo and turkey. However, animal proteins can also make human blood more acidic. Biologically, mineral calcium balances the acidity in the body. That said, too much acid in the body can take calcium away from the bones if necessary. There are various foods that can give quality protein, while also containing healthy compounds. Beans, for instance, are high in protein and in fiber. It also has various heart-healthy and cancer-fighting antioxidant compounds.

If you want to have a balance protein intake on your diet, follow the five simple tips posted after the break.

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MMA Diet 101: A Fighter’s Meal and its Importance

Written on February 26, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: An Introduction

Written on February 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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If you intend to become a professional MMA fighter, a healthy body is a must. And being healthy starts with eating the right and real stuff.

In this new weekly series of Fighting Insider, we are not going to give you another MMA diet fad. No brand supplements will be endorsed, and this will definitely not prescribe a particular MMA diet plan. Instead, this MMA Diet series will be a simple guide in making healthier choices. Fighting Insider’s MMA Diet 101 will provide a simply stated, practical and applicable nutritional advice that is supported by modern-day science.

While many MMA fighters surround themselves with the best training partners they can find, eating is less seriously viewed as their time in the squat rack or on the mat. They take every precaution in training, push themselves to their physical limits, research training routines and their conditioning coach’s credentials, but do they eat right?

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