What is the difference between cutting weight and losing weight?

Losing weight and cutting weight are two terms that are often used in combat sports. Non-athletes might think they mean the same, but when it comes to combat sports they serve a different goal and have a very different approach. Confusing the two bring much misunderstanding to discussions about weight management. Let’s put some structure in this mess: Cutting weight Losing weight Span Short term Long term Goal Be at a certain weight at a certain time and gain the weight back as soon as possible afterwards Keep the weight low What is lost? Water, food in the digestion track, […]

What should fighters eat before training and why?

Everyone knows that the body needs energy to train and perform optimally, but it is still not completely clear what the right food for training is. In combat sports it is pretty simple: the energy comes mainly from carbohydrates. Energy for the body can come from carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Protein is the least favorite to use, because it is used to build muscles. Using it basically means that the muscles are broken to provide energy. Usually this is nothing to be worried about, as long as you have sufficient amounts of carbohydrates in the body, the use of protein […]

5 nutrition tips for female athletes for that time of that month

Every woman knows what I’m talking about: There is a competition coming up at the wrong date, and you know it is going to be more difficult than usual. All of a sudden your weight jumps, your body is swelling up and you can tell that you’re holding a lot of liquid by the marks of your socks on your leg after a busy day. The food cravings don’t make it any easier. Yes, it is again that time of the month. Nothing to do about it, or is there? Here are a few tips that can help you control […]

Can Cyrille Maret lose 16kg in 5 weeks?

The Masters is the last competition of the judo world tour competitions of the IJF.  It is special since only the top 16 judokas in each weight category can participate, unlike other competitions in which the limitation is of number of competitors of each country. Winning one fight in the Masters yields 468 ranking points – more than a bronze medal in the Judo European Championship; participation alone is 200 points, same as winning two European open tournaments. In spite of the relatively easy to get ranking points, it’s interesting to see that not all top players are competing. -57kg […]

Cutting weight at young age

Whether one should cut weight or not, is a question I’m asked frequently and everyone has an opinion about it. Recently there was an interesting discussing about weight cutting by children in one of the Facebook groups I’m following and I decided to dedicate this blog post to give my opinion as a dietitian and ex-top athlete. The discussion started with the following hypothesis:   A question to you coaches and/or parents. The national coach of the team where your pupil or child trains demands that he or she cut weight to a lower category in a manner that is detrimental to […]