weight cutting, the insane express weight loss

weight cutting, the insane express weight loss
weight cutting, the insane express weight loss

In MMA – as is also the case in weight category disciplines such as judo and boxing – for competitors, the first victory remains to arrive at the weight on the scale.

Depending on the discipline, the weigh-in generally takes place 24 to 36 hours before a fight. The challenge: not to exceed the weight of the category in which they fight.

The strategy of athletes and their management is then as follows: they often opt for a weight category lower than their ideal weight.

For example, an MMA fighter weighing 89-90 kg at a healthy weight may be tempted to enter the light heavyweight category, limited to 84 kg… During the hours preceding the weigh-in, he will therefore have to lose weight. weight to settle at 84kg. It’s the weight cut

Why this strategy?

In MMA, the weigh-in usually takes place 36 hours before the fight. The objective is therefore to go down to weight to be authorized to fight then… to regain it before the fight! With the prospect of being heavier, therefore more powerful and hitting harder than your opponent.

Massive dehydration!

This express yo-yo is, however, not without consequences on the body. Especially since fighters can lose up to 5% of their weight in just 24 hours! If weight loss can start days or even weeks – in the case of excessive weight – before weighing, it is most often achieved through a restrictive diet.

As the climb on the scale approaches, the fighter gradually stops taking carbohydrates and then salt which tends to prevent water from the tissues from being eliminated.

Until the hours before the weigh-in, he will completely stop hydrating! Or even favor all approaches to evacuate water and therefore the last kilos, through perspiration: trips back and forth to the sauna, running while warmly dressed, etc.

Useless from a sporting point of view?

Beyond harming your body and the risks associated with dehydration (loss of consciousness, etc.), the weight cutting exposes the athlete to arriving in combat with an exhausted body!

Which is quite paradoxical. And this, especially since “ the influence of weight loss on performance is unclear, with studies suggesting a negative or no effect », Report Australian authors in a work carried out in 2019. Which means that for the moment, there is nothing to prove that this strategy of losing weight to immediately regain it is conclusive on a sporting level.



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