I’ve had a few cases where I’ve worked with boxers on their nutrition.
From what I could tell, boxers know about the importance of eating properly, but they just weren’t that sure how to.
I’ve heard coaches dishing out some pretty extreme nutrition advice and although it would be effective at helping a boxer lose bodyweight, it wouldn’t be any good for long-term sustainability and you could bet anything that it would set them up for a massive post-fight bodyweight rebound.
That’s no good.
Unfortunately, there are cases where fights have been lost, simply on the basis that the boxer did not pay attention to their nutrition.
Most commonly, their nutrition did not ensure a gradual decline in bodyweight over the course of a training camp and they were left with only the last week to lose a vast amount of bodyweight.
When you lose a significant quantity of bodyweight in a very short period of time, you can be sure that, not only are you losing a lot of water weight, but you’re waving goodbye to muscle mass and energy levels.
The end result is a much weaker and less-energised boxer, who is also at a risk of being dehydrated.
In this state, there is not much chance of them being able to ‘protect themselves at all times’, and the risk of severe injury drastically increases.
Here’s the thing –
Nutrition really doesn’t have to be that complicated.
Ok, maybe once you’ve progressed up the ranks and are contending for a world title, it can be a little bit more complex than if you’re fighting in your first white collar bout.
But considering that more is at stake with the former, it only makes sense that nutrition complexity is increased.
Either way, whatever you’re fighting for, I want to give you an outline of what a boxing nutrition plan should look like.
I’ve referred to them at ‘secrets’ because I don’t think a lot of people actually know about them, but they’re so simple that anyone can follow them.
Consider the following a check-list that you can stick up on your wall – if your nutrition fails to meet one of these criteria, then something isn’t quite right.
Allow me to present to you the Will Davis Training Boxing Nutrition Guidelines…
The nutrition plan a boxer needs to follow should:
- Provides enough energy for training
- Enables the boxer to recover sufficiently from intense training
- Muscle mass and strength levels are protected
- There are no undesirable changes to bodyweight
- It’s enjoyable and the boxer has no problem sticking to it (maximum enjoyment and minimal hunger)
Putting a plan together that satisfies all of these components is actually more straightforward than you’d think, and the only reason why people complicate nutrition so much is because they often try and follow a more extreme approach or the latests ‘fad diet’.
In my next post, I’ll speak a bit more about each of the points so you can start to put together your own nutrition plan that’ll leave you strong, powerful and highly energised at your fighting weight without feeling like you’re having to suffer at every meal time.
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