How to cut weight – Weight Cutting Explained

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Weight cutting in MMA vs. UFC:

When it comes to weighing in, MMA and Bodybuilding are no different in that you want to be lean and dry on the day you step on the scale. There is a difference though between MMA vs. Bodybuilding. In MMA, you are allowed to eat and re-hydrate immediately after weighing in. In Bodybuilding, not so. You can eat to fill up your glycogen stores but liquids are to be consumed at the very minimum to avoid subcutaceous water which takes away from your physique on stage.

In MMA, physical performance is much more important than looking big and ripped. The approach to cutting weight though should be exactly the same as bodybuilding all the way until you step on stage. In bodybuilding, the maximum cut in weight occurs on peak week. This is the week where you manipulate water and sodium levels to achieve the dryest look possible on the day of the show.

Why should MMA cutting be any different?

If I was an MMA fighter, I’d approach the last week before my fight the exact same way as if I was a bodybuilder. I would approach my training the exact same way as bodybuilding. However, the journey towards that last week would be the same as in bodybuilding.

If you want to know how I’d approach cutting weight for an MMA show, check out my following article:

How to cut weight for mma.

The typical way to cut weight in bodybuilding is to use an ancient method which is to choose a show 12 weeks out, and go on an extreme caloric deficit and extreme hours of cardio in order to reach a certain bodyfat a week out. I completely disagree with this method.

How many weeks out you are from a show should depend on how much body fat you are currently holding when you decide you want to compete in a show. It should also depend on your proportions since growing specific bodyparts take time as well if you are not ideally proportioned.

I believe that journey towards getting lean and stage ready should be an enjoyable inspiring journey. It should not be extreme, it should not be agonizing, and it should not be damaging to your overall and future health. Your training also should depend on your nutrition plan. You should not have the exact same nutrition plan for 12 weeks because your body will adapt and so you will have to  make your program more extreme in order to achieve results.

In my book, Prepped to Win, I show you exactly how to get ready for a show. From the beginning until the day of the show. If you want to learn my nutrition secrets, check out my book, The Fat Cycling Method.



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