One of my clients and good friends, Josh Heinz is a professional MMA fighter. He came to me a month before his fight and hired me to help him with his nutrition and training. The challenge was making weight for his fight. We started the camp at 245 pounds, and needed to weigh in at 205 pounds. Not ideal, but with a little guidance and a lot of hard work on his part, he got down to 220 for fight week, and was able to cut the remainder in the last 24 hours before weigh-ins. Our goal was to still eat enough to be able to train hard twice a day, while still dropping a large amount of weight. By cutting out certain 'non-super foods' and watching his macros, we were able to bring him down in a healthy manner, while training sometimes twice a day (based on scheduling), five to six days a week. I am very proud of Josh, it would have been very easy to under fuel himself in fear of not losing the weight, resulting in a lowered state of strength and energy for training, and probably would not have made weight. When we create too large of a calorie deficit, our bodies tend to slow down, and start holding onto fat. This slows down your metabolism and can stress you out. Josh trained very hard for this fight, and although it did not go his way this time, he fought like a true warrior. It was a great learning experience for him and now its back to the drawing board and preparing for the next battle.
Thanks for reading. I love working with fighters, but I do love working with athletes from all sports, and those who are just looking to become more active and live a healthier lifestyle.