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MMA Health: Nutrients Overview

Written on September 20, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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To acquire good health and physical fitness, you'll need proper nutrition. Check out Fighting Insider's overview of the basic body nutrients.

The key component for a good health and physical fitness is proper nutrition. For athletes who works on their weight, proper nutrition consumption is the most important aid for gaining. According to fitness expert, Joe Franco, an appropriate assortment of food from the four food groups can offer all the basic nutrients that the body requires for an optimum performance. Food satisfies three bodily needs:

1. Energy requirement
2. Tissue growth and repair
3. Energy regulation of metabolic functions

That said, know the basic nutrients that the body requires and their benefits by hitting the break.

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MMA Nutrition: Getting an Edge with MMA Nutrition

Written on September 13, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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Take these simple tips on how to get a premium MMA nutrition.

A serious MMA athlete would put as much planning into his nutrition as he did with his training. A fighter knows that a proper MMA nutrition plan is the way for his body to look and perform at its best. Without being complex, this article will help you enhance performance, lose fat, and reduce injuries.

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MMA Diet: The Importance of Diet

Written on August 11, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA DIET 101: Becoming Vegetarian

Written on July 10, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Marijuana

Written on June 19, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Drinking Alcohol

Written on May 28, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Post-workout Nutrition

Written on May 21, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Pre-workout Nutrition

Written on May 14, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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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.

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MMA Diet 101: Creatine

Written on May 07, 2011 by Markham Mencken

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In this week's edition of MMA Diet 101, Fighting Insider will provide you with few information about Creatine and how you should consume it.

If you’ve eaten salmon or steak, you’ve consumed Creatine. Years ago, few body builders believe that Creatine was actually sharp pieces of finely ground glass, which tears your muscle fibers microscopically after taking it. These tears will then heal, and then your muscles will grow bigger and stronger. And albeit there are some myths about […]

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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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