I have been preparing for a jiujitsu tournament that will take place on March 29th. I have been mostly Paleo for a while; eat lean protein with every meal, and no grains except for occasionally a bowl of morning muesli (oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit). I have to lose several kilos in order to make my weight class, so for the past couple weeks I have been monitoring my diet strictly and trying to only get my carbs through vegetables (with every meal) and sometimes fruit (post-workout). I felt great for the first 10 days of eating like this and exercising vigorously (6 conditioning Crossfit type Metcons per week, 3 days of BJJ grappling) until just a couple days ago.
I can literally feel the low amounts of energy and power in my legs as I walk up stairs, and my overall energy is just down. Luckily it is the weekend, so I haven't missed out on any workouts or anything. Anyways, I got online last night and started reading about glycogen in the muscle tissues and how they must be replenished, but how?
Basically my question that I'm asking is how can I replenish my glycogen stores and get that fuel back in my body, yet still try and lose fat for this competition. I'm not anti-carbs, by any means, just looking for some direction...
asked byCorey_Ambrose (35)
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on March 11, 2012
at 01:44 AM
Eat rice or a potato or something.
IN MY OPINION:
Fight at a weight you can comfortably compete at. I see lots of amateur (and some pro) fighters get this idea that they need to drop to a lower weight class only to have this sort of thing happen to them.
I could tell you horror stories about guys who got married to the idea that they would do so much better if they could just drop to a lower weight class, only to go through hell making the weight and then underperforming and getting beat down.
Your best bet for March 29 is a slow and steady weight loss program followed by a mild dehydration prior to weigh-ins. Don't kill yourself.
Some people handle the weight cut better than others. It was hell on me.
What is this, a BJJ tournament?
Anyway, this is only one man's opinion, but I have decades of experience in combat sports and I feel like I know what a fighter goes through trying to make weight.
edited: (PS - I looked and saw your name on Sherdog as an amateur MMA fighter. For what it's worth, I've been in the corner for UFC fighters several times.)
on March 11, 2012
at 02:35 AM
Well I cut weight as a wrestler for 16 years, your gonna feel a bit crummy cutting no matter what you eat. Its good your starting 6 weeks ahead to cut. I feel like training lowish carb and a bit weaker is almost necessary. You get to eat after weigh ins?
I would personally get within like 2 kilos of my weight class and just wring the rest out in sweat and water the day before. Thats how I always did it...but, now I would make that 2 kilos my walking around weight so I would not have to cut at all except for wringing out the water.
EDIT: Just read chumps post and your comment that you have to get right on the mat. That kinda sucks :). We use to at least have an hour or so after weigh in to get some fluid and quick carbs in. Thats where I felt training low carb might give you an edge. Guess I would do whatever I could to keep my strength up....probably gonna have to be a calorie counter in that case. Good luck!
on March 11, 2012
at 01:57 AM
I'm training for a muay Thai fight on the same weekend. I've found that pre-workout fruit and a post-workout sweet potato don't hamper my weight loss at all. Peri-workout carbs are unlikely to be stored as fat. I vote for adding a bit of white rice, potato, sweet potato, fruit, or dextrose before and/or after intense training sessions.
Also, have you taken any days off? Your problem may be overtraining, not insufficient glycogen. If you might be overtrained, a few good nights of sleep and 2-3 days off from hard training might get you back where you need to be.