By Joe Mullings
It seems that there are about as many ways to lose weight as there are fighters. Add to that the various organizations and their weigh-in schedules and the challenges of making weight can be mind-numbing. For instance, you have to weigh-in just before you step on the mat for IBJJF matches, the evening before for NAGA and other tournaments and even two days before for some professional events. Each requires their own strategy, however the issue of carbohydrates, glycogen storage, fat loss and water retention remain constant.
Carbohydrates are an athlete’s primary source of energy. Carbs are broken down in the body and glucose is the end product. Glucose is the stuff that fuels the body at a cellular level, especially in the anaerobic state (when you are training intensely), which is where an MMA or BJJ athlete spend most of their training and fighting time.