Featured Article Written by Professional Mixed Martial Artist Kevin “Kage” Pearson
Cutting Weight for a Fight:
I use a one week method that allows me to safely cut 15 pounds without compromising my performance levels during the competition. Here are a few things to take note of before you try this:
A) I weigh in the day before my fight. I would not recommend cutting over 8 pounds if you are competing the same day as weigh in.
B) Know your body, I have done this multiple times so I am aware of my limits.
C) I am cutting primarily water. A gallon of water weighs approximately 8.35pounds. This is the easiest way to cut weight fast.
D) I am only cutting this weight to step on a scale. I will put it all back on overnight.
A week out (from weigh in) I water load by taking in over 2 1/2 gallons distilled until 2 days before. This makes the body used to getting rid of high water volume. 2 days before when you reduce to 1/2 gallon, the body will continue to try and excrete 2 1/2 gallons.
Reduce sodium a week before. Infact, try not to take any salt in two days before. One gram of sodium has the potential to retain 50 grams of water. Lowering the body’s salt level will make the cut much easier. This could shave hours off sauna time and is probably easier on your energy level.
Eat a low carb, high protein diet. 2 days before weigh in, try not to ingest any carbs at all. Glycogen is an immediate energy source and can deplete sometimes in as little as only 20 mins of vigorous training. The average human stores 1/4lb on the muscles and 1/2-3/4lbs on the liver. A highly tuned athlete may have higher stores due to the training involved. Glycogen is made from complex carbs. If two days before you can cut all the carbs out, you may cut an extra pound or two. This, along with the entire week of low carb dieting, will put your body in need for carbs to replenish glycogen. You will be very irritable during the final days, but it will pay off when your body blows up with vascularity and striations. Make sure to have some high quality BCAA’s. This helps so your body doesnt feed on muscle during a state of starvation. Buffalo meat is good and very lean. It is also illegal to use drugs and hormones on buffalo in the US so the meat is all natural. The night before weigh in, do not consume any fluids. If you are a little constipated, caffeine can help alleviate this. The only time I break the fluid rule is when I use something small like a 5 hour energy shot. It is only one once, and a very small amount of liquid, but it is also a diuretic so it will help me lose fluids.
The Day of Weigh In. The day of the weigh in starts with an initially weight check. Depending on if you used natural or synthetic diuretics and how strict you were with dieting, sodium, and water restrictions, you most likely will need to sit in the sauna. I had times when I only sat in for 30mins and other times were for two hours. The sauna will help you sweat out excess water and bring you to your goal weight.
Post Weigh In: Immediately following the weigh in, I recommend replenishing your fluid level with pedialyte. This has essential electrolytes that you need. Also carry a gallon of water with you and constantly drink it. Make sure the whole gallon and the pedialyte is finished before you sleep. After about 20mins post weigh in and post water intake, go straight for carbohydrates! Eat as much carbs as possible from now until the fight. Your body will feel euphoric and you may experience skin tearing vascularity! By morning, you should have gained almost all the weight right back and feel great, and ready to Fight!
Kevin ‘Kage’ Pearson
Kevin ‘Kage’ Pearson is a professional mixed martial artist with: twenty years of boxing experience, six years of brazilian jiu jitsu, countless amateur kickboxing/boxing/MMA fights, and is certified personal trainer and martial arts coach.
Kevin is currently undefeated with a record of 2-0-0 in Professional Mixed Martial Arts
Kevin ‘Kage’ Pearson currently trains at F2 Arena & Darkside Athletics located at:
4460 SW 35th Terrace, Unit 106
Gainesville, FL 32608
Kevin Kage is an explosive fighter with knockout power and uncatchable speed that makes him a force to be reckoned with in whatever ‘kage’ or ring he enters.
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