Welcome to the Olympic Race

The race for Olympic qualification has started. Whoever finds himself as one of the top 18 of the World Ranking List at the end of the qualification period will be forever remembered as an Olympian and – even more important – will get the opportunity to compete for Olympic gold. There are many competitions along the way, but only the best 5 results in each year will be calculated for the ranking. Athletes like Teddy Riner will probably pick their competitions carefully to collect the points they need, others will have to battle their way up the list throughout a […]

Things you need to know about sports drink

Sports drink are very common in the world of sports. Everybody knows that sports drink can prolong intense activity, since it provides the body with the fast to use energy it needs. What remains unclear, are the questions of which sport drink and how much. What is the optimal amount of carbohydrates? Carbohydrates are the main source of energy for combat sport athletes, and the more available they are, the more you can make out of the training. The amount of carbohydrates you need during training depends on the training that you’re about to have and your body size. The […]

What not to do when a child is 200g too heavy?

The question of weight cutting in kids is a sensitive issue. My point of view about it is pretty clear: weight cutting is something that should be avoided as much as possible, especially at young age. Kids should eat healthily and consume enough energy for their growth and if a child can’t stay in one weight category with a healthy diet – it’s time to move up the weight. Because children and adolescents are growing, changing weight category is inevitable. I share this point of view in the lectures I give in judo clubs and at this point there’s always […]

“I have to watch my weight”

First published in JudoContact “I have to watch my weight.” Every competitive fighter has said this phrase at some point in his career. You put add less food on your plate and skip the delicious dessert. If you couldn’t resist eating chocolate, you’re going to run an extra round to undo the damage because next week there is a competition. All this discipline is necessary because you do not want to fight against those heavier opponents. After the competition the big reward follows, a bag of chips in the cafeteria, a quick bite in a fast food restaurant and when […]

How much and what should I drink?

When most people think of healthy nutrition, they think about unprocessed food and loads of fruit and vegetables, but nobody is really bothered about what and how much they should drink. Most people figured out by now that soft drink is not the best choice for a healthy drink, but what is? In the Silicon Valley, some people came up with a new idea: bottled raw water. Raw water is unfiltered and untreated water straight from the ground. Maybe it makes sense – after all, this water is unprocessed. However they forgot the reason why water is treated and filtered. […]

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 […]