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If you have to make weight but you’re only a few pounds over, it’s a shame for your coach to pull the plug on you because he says you’re too dehydrated. While it’s common (and often necessary) to restrict your water intake the day of weigh ins if you’re one pound under or right at your weight. This is never a problem… as long as you’re not going into it already dehydrated. If you are, a good coach will recognize the problem and not let you cut until you’re out of the red zone. Wrestlers should never allow themselves to get dehydrated even the slightest bit as this will definitely cause a reduction in strength, speed, coordination and stamina on the mat. If you want to make it easy to drop water weight, the answer is to drink tons of water – all the time. You’re not going to be able to ‘float’ a pound overnight when you sleep if your body is craving water. If you’re even the slightest bit dehydrated, your body will tend to hold water when you drink it, making you heavier. On the other hand, if you’re constantly flushing the body with water by drinking it all the time, the kidneys will be constantly working and moving water. When you’re well hydrated, you can also get away with eating a bit more salt on your food. Salt is an important electrolyte that needs to be replaced after you sweat so hard during practice. If you’re dehydrated, you should also stay away from salt as it will be a double whammy for holding fluid. What’s the answer? Drink tons of water! Judge how much water you drink by the color of your urine. If you’re well hydrated, your urine should be clear. This nutrition tip is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com.
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