Gold Coast Martial Arts advice on diet.
Diet and Nutrition for Mixed Martial Arts
What you put into your body can have a huge effect on what you get out. That holds true for any kind of physical effort, from kickboxing to swimming, but your specific nutritional needs will vary a lot depending on your sport. Mixed martial arts is such a varied and diverse discipline that it can be hard to determine the best dietary plan for true success. Here’s what you need to know about diet and nutrition for mixed martial arts in order to get the most out of your training, maintain good strength, and really be a winner.
Getting Enough Calories
While a lot of MMA practitioners start out heavy and wanting to lose weight, most end up having trouble getting enough calories relatively quickly. That’s because serious training can really ramp up your metabolism. Whether you’re trying to gain or trying to lose, you need to look at your basal metabolic rate based on your age, sex and activity level. Then you need to do a little math. If you want to lose weight, eat fewer calories. If you want to gain, increase the number. Just don’t do either too quickly: fast gains and fast losses are not just unhealthy, they’re also usually very temporary.
Protein and Muscle Mass
Most people know that protein helps build muscles, but they tend to assume that the answer is plenty of meat. While it’s true that meat after a heavy workout will do a lot to keep you strong, it’s not the only option or the most balanced one. You can get protein from a wide variety of other sources, including beans, milk products and even fresh vegetables. There are even vegan MMA artists who can keep up with the strongest of the carnivores.
The trick is to pay attention to the quality of the proteins you eat and when you consume them. Ideally, you should make sure your body has some protein available within an hour after any heavy workout. It’s also a good idea to choose lean proteins with plenty of other vitamins, and avoid excessively processed meats since they contain potentially damaging chemicals.
The Role of Carbohydrates
Carbohydrates have gotten a bad reputation in recent years for their contribution to weight gain in the majority of people. The carbohydrates themselves aren’t usually the problem, however. It’s the sedentary lifestyles that most people lead. That’s because carbohydrates are what your body uses for quick energy. They provide fast fuel for bursts of activity, and after you’ve had a long cardio workout, they’re just what your body wants.
Even if you’re pursuing a high protein diet, it’s a good idea to include a small amount of carbohydrates just to keep your energy levels up. The best carbs are relatively unrefined and come along with fiber and other nutrients, however. Look for fresh whole fruit, vegetables and whole grains to give you a healthy carb boost without the risk of getting weighed down.
Come and burn some calories at Empire Martial Arts, Upper Coomera, Gold Coast.