The Vile Diet of your “Everyday” MMA Fighter

I’m not sure if any of you have seen the movie Rocky, but I found the strict and unique diet he followed to be quite out of the ordinary.  After watching Rocky Balboa chug a glass of raw eggs, I became inspired to explore the various dieting methods boxers use to maintain their muscular physique.

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Boxers are encouraged to consume a large amount of carbohydrates each day, however, they don’t receive their daily carb intake through white flour such as bread and pasta but instead eat yams, beans, oatmeal, and whole-wheat grains in order to get the appropriate serving of carbohydrates.  Protein is also an essential part of their diet so boxers often incorporate chicken, eggs, tuna, and protein in their diets.  Since their bodies are constantly in dire need of protein, MMA fighters often drink protein shakes before and after their workouts.  They receive a majority of their fats from fish and nuts since they contain omega-3 fatty acids, a type of fat that is healthier than say the kind of fat you would find in McDonald’s french fries.  The body also needs monounsaturated fats found in avocados, seeds, and olives.

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In the film, Rocky gulped down three raw eggs before his workout and though it seems to have boosted his muscle tone, this method is extremely controversial.  Although some people claim that it is a fantastic and safe source of pure protein, it is also proven to have lethal side effects when consumed in large quantities.  Protein shakes are also commonly consumed by fighters  and below is a delicious recipe that might help improve your next workout.

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  • 1 scoop Protein Powder
  • 1/2 cup cold Coffee
  • 1/2 cup skim or unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp drops of sugar-free Caramel Creamer
  • 1/4-1/2 packet of sugar-free Chocolate Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • 3 Ice Cubes
  • 1 tsp Butternut flavoring extract

 

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