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Old 07-07-2009, 02:36 PM   #1 (permalink)
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what am I doing wrong??

Hey, I've been training for a few years without taking a closer look on my diet, I never seemed to have less energy when training, since January, i've been competing and lost over 35 pounds of fat which is nice but for a few weeks now, I lack of energy big time during training, can somebody tell me what im doing wrong here is my diet:

meal 1 : oatmeal, a fruit and a glass of milk, vitamins and fish oil
meal two: fruits and veggies, maybe a protein shake
meal 3: can of tuna, yogourt and a fruit,vitamins and fish oil
meal 4: fruits and veggies
meal 5: chicken breast, a bit of cheese, (or whatever my girlfriend cooks)
meal 6: fruits and veggies,vitamins and fish oil

I drink maybe two protein shake during the day plus 3-4 1.5L of water.

As for training, I do a circuit training in the morning with 30 minutes of cardio (swimming or running)

when I get off work I usually do 10 to 15 k of roller blading (1 hour)

After meal 5, jiu-jitsu for one hour and kickboxing for one hour, sometimes more.

Let me know what you guys think is the problem.
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Old 07-07-2009, 04:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Baring any kind of medical condition, I think the short answer to your problem is : "Dude! You work out a lot and you are on a really really clean weight lossy kind of diet ... Eat. More."

The longer answer would require us to know a few extra details:
1) How much do you weigh now.
2) How many calories are you consuming a day.
3) How old are you?
4) Do you have a cheat day built in to your diet?
With out knowing the answeres to those questions my gut feeling is still that you are just not eating enought and that you need to add some kind of carbs in your diet besides the oatmeal, fruits and veggies you are eating now. I would recommend small servings of short grain brown rice, quinua, or amarath with meals 3 and four. Your training like an athlete, not a body builder or a fitness model; carbs are going to have to be part of your diet.

Also, the fact that you have lost 35 lbs and been on this diet for 6 months makes me think that you have reached the point where your body has adjsted to the diet and is trying to stop you from loosing more weight by slowing you down.

If you don't have a cheat day you prob should. Occationaly changing the number and type of calories you are getting will keep your body from optimizing to your diet.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:58 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The longer answer would require us to know a few extra details:
1) How much do you weigh now.
2) How many calories are you consuming a day.
3) How old are you?
4) Do you have a cheat day built in to your diet?

1) I weigh 175 pounds, I try to stay 5 to 10 pounds of my weight division which is 170.
2)that, I really dont know, will have to pay more attention
3)26 years old
4)yes but it is not regular and it becomes bindging

I was 205 in January
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:41 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Jon,
1) I think you need to eat more good carbs. Look around at some of the other guy's on the forum who train and fight like you do. You will find that all their diets include good carb sources like sweet potatoes, brown rice, wheat bread. Saw a video of Matt Sara(sp?) when he was preparing for the Huges fight. Sara opens his fridge and it was full tuperwear containers. Each tuperwear container was a pre-made meals of brown rice and chicken. He said that is how he got lean and stayed strong.
2) If you are bindging then I am guessing you are getting craveings. What are the things you are craveing and what are you bindging on? You want to find healthy options that reduce your craving/binding. EX. I recently changed my diet to be mostly vegaterian and now I ocationaly find myself craving protien or carbs. In those situations eating an Apple will not help, but some peanutbuter or some brown rice will.
3) It's July and you are rollerbladeing for an hour after work ? I don't know how hot it is where you live, but it's 100+ after work where I am. Even if you are getting plenty of h2o you may be sweating away enough salt and other electralites to impact your preformance. Keep in mind that your body will shut you down (in self defence) if you are overheating yourself, dehydtating yourself, or low on electralites. Any of these things, or all of them could be happening with your evening schedule of rollerblade, eat, bjj, kickbox.
4) When is the last time you took a break? If you haven't, try dropping the cardio and cirute training for a week, and just focusing on your skills.

I think your diet looks very weight-loss-y ... like something a you would find in a body buildng or fitness mag. It obviously worked for your weight loss goals (congradulations) but you are an athlete not a bodybuilder/fitness person and you have nutritional needs that this diet is not meeting.

Good luck.

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Old 07-10-2009, 02:39 PM   #5 (permalink)
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thanks madscience, I guess you are right because I feel alot better, but its hard to eat bread and patatoes when you have made a x on those type of food for so long to me patatoes equals garbage, but its true I feel better and am more powerful during training. Thanks again!
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