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Few wrestlers have the advantage of weighing in the night before their competition. Most professional fighters and weight lifters do this and it makes a huge difference in being able to fully replenish the body after an arduous weight cut. High school wrestlers often weigh in and then only get about an hour before they have to compete. This makes it very difficult to replenish the body completely enough to make the weight cut worthwhile. The trick is to give the body fast acting carbohydrates and water to quickly fill the muscles for an immediate upcoming performance. If you eat too little or the wrong foods, you will gas because your tank was still empty or you gave it junky fuel. If you eat too much, you will suffer with stomach cramps, bloating and even nausea from being too full. The nerves of getting ready to compete also play a big role in reducing/slowing digestion of food. This is the nervous system’s ‘fight or flight’ sympathetic reaction of your mind getting your body ready for battle. Adrenaline is being produced and blood is shuttled away from the digestive organs and into the muscular system. This is another reason to focus on easy to digest carbohydrates; clean, natural fuels like white rice, sweet potatoes, etc. Eat these foods in small amounts in regular intervals without over eating to avoid the stomach bloat. With such a short time in between weighing in and competing, it’s often hard to eat more than a couple times before your match but get as many in as possible without making yourself sick – this is where it takes discipline. Also eat small meals (depending on how full your stomach is) in between matches if you compete in more than one. This information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com
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