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Old 06-10-2010, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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South Beach Diet and MMA Training??? Possible???

I did a bulking phase over the winter before getting into MMA. I was into bodybuilding and went from 176lbs. to 205lbs. I was at approx. 12% B.F. at the end of the bulking phase. It took several months and tons of food. Anyways, because I was focused so much on size I was moving more and more weight and ended up with a few injuries. Being 5'8" tall I was pretty large but not fat. However, not liking the way I gained fat in my face I decided being this large isn't for me and I started back in MMA. Now I'm training a ton in MMA and that is my focus with the intention on fighting next year. I've dropped down to 185lbs. which I'm happy about but because of my height I would want to fight around 155lbs. I know I've got a year to lose the weight but I would love to get back to 175 or so for the time being. I've been dieting and training but I'm stuck at 185.

I've done South Beach years ago and lost a ton of weight rather quickly. I'm thinking of doing this for a month or so as I know I will drop down to that weight without issue. The question I have is, will it be possible to train with any intensity while on this type of diet? When I did it before I had serious muscle cramping issues and I'm guessing that would be the same. If I were to use this to drop down to 176 and then slowly add the carbs back in I'm pretty confident I can stay around this weight.

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Old 06-10-2010, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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i know its not what your asking but if loosing the extra weight seems too much you could look to fight at 170. at 5'8 you wouldnt be a small guy in the welterweight division
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In all honesty Welterweight is prob. where I will end up. I just think if I was able to get down to 55 I would have a huge advantage. I'm not going to do the South Beach diet. I am going to cut my carbs but not eliminate them. I don't think I'm going to worry about my weight at this time and just focus more on my training.
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In all honesty Welterweight is prob. where I will end up. I just think if I was able to get down to 55 I would have a huge advantage. I'm not going to do the South Beach diet. I am going to cut my carbs but not eliminate them. I don't think I'm going to worry about my weight at this time and just focus more on my training.
South Beach merely cuts out, then greatly reduces refined carbs. When people reduce refined carbs, they tend to lose a lot of weight because they aren't eating junk. That's all.
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