Nutrition Focus: Intermittent Fasting For MMA
Mike Leng has a look at whether intermittent fasting could work for an MMA athlete within their training programme.
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A quick intro to intermittent fasting for a fighter article:
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So you love MMA. You train 3-6 times a week, you keep an eye on your rest and recovery and you know that good nutrition is the key to maximising all of these (yes, nutrition even affects sleep people). Because of this you keep an eye out for what is happening in the world of nutrition as you want the best possible information about how to be stronger, faster and leaner.
However, herein lies the problem. 99% of the nutritional information out there is for either people wanting to lose a couple of pounds or for bodybuilders, not MMA fighters. This doesn’t mean that all of this information is useless though, sometimes all it needs is a slight twist or adjustment to make it beneficial to a combat sports athlete.
One of the things that keeps cropping up in the nutrition world at the moment is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting is where an individual spends 24 hours not taking in any solid food, just a small amount of supplements to preserve muscle mass, or a portion of the day not eating anything then a few hours of providing nutrition for their bodies.