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If you have a wrestler at home you know that these guys need to eat. However, so often we find our wrestler needing to cut weight for a tournament.  How do we find a balance between healthy food and the calorie intake a wrestler needs to keep going? I find the best way to keep my wrestler from running out of steam is to feed him healthy options, but often to keep him from feeling hungry.  It is never a good idea to suddenly and drastically restrict calories or fast to drop weight as this can adversely affect performance.  They may make weight at the tournament but they will be weak and not in top performing condition. During wrestling season we all eat a little healthier around our house. I usually try to pack his lunch for school. Often the choices offered by school cafeterias are too high carb/low protein to properly fuel a wrestler and help him cut weight.  I also pack a light snack he can eat quickly before practice.  His lunch will consist of a chicken breast, sweet potato, broccoli.  His snack may be three to 4 ounces of lean turkey and an orange or a half cup of grapes.  It is so important to have healthy snacks and meal options so as not to tempt our guys to stray from their goals and have to cut too much weight too quickly. A healthy diet is the key to keeping them from losing muscle and strength during wrestling season. Don’t allow too much weight gain during the off weeks and they won’t have to adopt unhealthy methods to drop weight before a tournament. This information is brought to you by www.highlandsfightgear.com, HWC's premier source of top wrestling supplies including shoes, knee pads, wrestling singlets and the coolest apparel.
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