Most MMA athletes are excellent when it comes to their MMA training. Whether training for Health and Fitness or getting into the Octagon for the UFC most MMA fighters understand the complex new circuit training techniques. However, they lack the knowledge when it comes to their diet and nutrition. They take every precaution in their training and push themselves to physical exhaustion then swing by the local McDonald’s for the #4 meal (Supersized, of course!). So, why is it that athletes focus so much on training but lack the motivation to pay attention to their diet with the same level of detail? Here are a couple of myths that hinder a lot of MMA fighters.
Myth #1: “The MMA Diet and Nutrition isn’t as important as the training”
The MMA athlete will only realize their full potential only if they are strict with their diet as they are with their training. The MMA fighter’s diet is a huge part in the entire package approach to their overall development. However, it’s also a part that often isn’t given enough attention by the MMA fighter. The field of MMA nutrition contains so much business-driven misinformation that it can be difficult for a fighter to parse fact from fiction.
Myth #2: “The supplement companies told me so.”
Most of our information about nutrition is taken from the advertisements of sports drinks and supplements. Since they are also in the business of selling you their product they are extremely biased in their view of the best diet for your MMA training. Although a strict MMA diet usually conjures up images of bland and boring foods it just doesn’t have to be that way. It is the lack of knowledge that conjures up these images since there isn’t any other sound advise other than what the supplement companies tell us.
So, look at the bright side we aren’t training for bodybuilding where all they can eat are dry chicken breasts! MMA athletes do not have to take it to the level of knowing every single calorie, carbohydrate, and fat. However, you must focus on the proteins to give yourself the ability to recover as quickly as possible. There are a few other key elements that an MMA athlete must focus on when training hard in their camp. We will cover those in an upcoming post.
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