Health & Fitness: The unhealthy reality of the MMA style weight cut. A BBC documentary.



The Unhealthy Practice of MMA weight cutting
The Science of a Healthy Life



For most people getting a bit more fit, and healthy by eating cleaner food and less calories and working out more is a great life improving choice.
And for most, that will lead to health improving reductions in unhealthy body fat levels and body weight. But as we previously talked about in another article, when you are already in shape, rocking a fit and toned body, eating healthy amounts of healthy food, doing weights and cardio, there comes a limit where dropping even more in body weight and body fat becomes damaging and unhealthy instead of health and fitness improving.

And beyond that basic reality, you have the insanity of MMA and Boxing weight cuts that far to many pro fighters go through just so they can fight in a weight class that they are to athletic and big to actually be fighting in.
I am saying that because MMA style weight cutting is not something that anyone interested in health and fitness should ever do.
Period.

Neither should pro fighters in my own opinion. In a ideal world you would be the only one doing MMA style weight cuts, allowing you to fight people 20 to 30 lbs smaller than you, with much shorter leg and arm reach, 20+lbs less muscle mass and all the disadvantage that would give them in strength, endurance, strike impact and absorption.
But you see, when every other fighter do the same weight cut, no one benefits, and everybody suffers from the exact same detrimental and unhealthy exhaustion that MMA style weight cuts are. With less fitness come fight night and potentially worse health for the long haul as the only real result.








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The bad health & fitness of MMA style weight cuts





It is true that the initial appeal and idea of MMA style weight cuts hold plenty of potential upsides for most fighters, and for a brief period of time, some fighters like Conor can bend reality and fight in way lower weight classes than they actually belong in.
The idea is this, spend a week doing unhealthy things and "only" lose fluids that are essential for your health and fitness, rehydrate the last 24 hours, sleep and eat and walk into the octagon, all powered up, as big and as strong as your normal fit self, and fight a much tinier and weaker guy that wont be able to take half the punch as you can.
But when that is only the proposed outcome but not actually the reality of it all, one have to wonder why fight team management, sponsors, trainers and the UFC does not just flat out tell all fighters to stop the weight cuts. There is simply nothing to gain anymore.






Here is what happens when you cut out 10% or more of your bodily fluids from a person that is already perfectly fit and cut and healthy come fight week.
You will lose both strength and endurance.
You will lose speed and reaction time.
You will lose cognitive capacity.
You will lose strike impact.
You will lower the amount of punishment your body will be able to soak up during the fight.
You will diminish the amount you can recover in between rounds.



Neither of this facts sound beneficial at all for a fighter, now do they?
Add to that the potential long term damage you are doing to your health and well being, for one, kidneys can take real lasting damage.
You can also cause other less serious issues, which will further extend the time you will have to spend after the fight to recover before you are back in tip top shape be it for training or fighting, thus making you worse of a fighter for the next fight.
And in rare cases, the nutritional and extreme water depletion some fighters go through can and have even caused death.
And for all those negative facts, you will gain no real fight advantage at all.
Because hopes and dreams put aside, the other fighter is doing the exact same thing so you are still fighting a fighter as big and tall and lengthy as you are on fight night.
Well, pro fighters will do what they do, even when it makes zero sense and what they should be doing is to settle on a super fit and athletic all year round weight and fight and walk around all year round at that optimal weight and never ever cut a single pound of weight, because that is how they shine the most come fight night no matter if we are talking about strength or endurance, speed or strike impact or the ability to soak up damage, not to mention their mental faculties and health.










And you dear reader, never ever believe for a second that there is anything good for you to gain from doing a boxer/MMA style weight cut. You will look like shit and behave like shit and your health and fitness will be shit for sure. So please do not look at fighter weight cuts as a way to get inside your sexy hot weekend lingerie or wedding dress.
But for now, why not check out the short BBC documentary about MMA weight cut. It is well worth the look if you are interested in health and fitness or just MMA and UFC.


















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[ The MMA weight cut ]

































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