So many fighters need to make weight for their fight. Many might be moving into a new weight class or simply procrastinating their weight loss in the last 4 weeks. So once you have made weight, what should you eat in the 24-36 hours leading up to your fight? The trick is to find foods while following these tips.
1. Binge eating and stuffing yourself after starving and possibly depleting your body will back fire. Eat lots of small meals.
2. Foods high in sugar can induce symptoms that mimic hypoglycemia.
3. You want to eat foods that satisfy the hunger pains and if you did starve then you need to soak up stomach acids.
4. You must replenish the muscle cells to fuel your energy sources to help you access power and complete brain function.
5. As you begin to refuel your body you want to eat foods that are easily digestible and move through your digestive system without discomfort.
Foods that will meet these criteria are listed below. Continue to avoid foods that you have allergies to or cause you uncomfortable digestion. Put small meals together that highly complex carbohydrate, moderate amount of protein, low fiber
Bowl of oatmeal with almonds
½ of a Sweet Potato
Oat or Multigrain bread with chicken
6oz of whole wheat pasta with diced vegetables and olive oil
Egg White Omelet with turkey and veggies
Ground turkey meat with black bean on whole wheat tortilla
Banana with almond or peanut butter
Quinoa with pine nuts and baked fish
Low Fat yogurt with granola
Trail Mix, unsalted, with dried blueberries
Celery with peanut butter with raisins
Avocado and tomato slices on a whole wheat cracker
Whole wheat English muffins
Steamed vegetables - dark greens