Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
TO CUT WEIGHT OR NOT CUT WEIGHT? – ONLY THE PERSON COMPETING HAS THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION.
The debate as to whether cutting weight to make a certain weight class in a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament is worth the effort has valid arguments both for and against. There should be no argument that for children and younger teens that weight cutting is not a good idea. However, if you are in a situation such as I experienced when competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – that if I could just lose 5 to 10 pounds I would be at the top of my weight bracket – this post may be of benefit
A SUCCESSFUL METHOD FOR CUTTING WATER WEIGHT FOR BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU.
In my situation, cutting water weight was the key part of my making weight. Not only is it the quickest weight to cut, but it is easy to rehydrate yourself before you compete. You should start preparing your body for cutting water weight six days before your weigh in. I have used this method more than once with great success. I also included cardio, intense tournament training and proper nutrition but for this post I would like to focus on dropping water weight. My Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Professor at Precision Martial Arts suggested the method I will describe – it definitely worked and I had all the energy I needed for my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competition.
HOW MUCH WATER SHOULD I DRINK?
On the fifth, fourth and third days before your weigh in you should be drinking approximately two gallons of water per day. This is to get your body used to relieving itself of liquids – you definitely do not want to be far away from a restroom. You are trying to get your body used to sweating and peeing.
ARE THERE ANY NEGATIVE EFFECTS TO DRINKING TOO MUCH WATER?
You have to be careful about the rate that you are drinking water, though, as drinking too much water can become dangerous. Your kidneys can process at most a little over four cups of water per hour. If you drink more than this then your electrolytes get out of balance and your body starts having problems. You will experience a headache, dizziness, pressure and muscle fatigue at the early stages, but as you drink more and more you can cause brain damage, coma or even death. I personally have witnessed someone experience “water poisoning” at a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournament and it is something to take very seriously. Carry around a water container of predetermined size so you know how fast you are drinking. If you start feeling dizzy, slow down and wait until my head clears up before drinking any more water.
WHEN DO I START LIMITING MY WATER INTAKE?
Two days before the weigh in you can cut down your drinking slightly. You should still drink a gallon of water, but you need to start allowing your body to flush it out. You should also cut all sodium out of your diet, because sodium causes your body to store water, which you don’t want. You should also slow down your eating to easily burned caloric intake. The day before your weigh in you should only drink one glass of water in the morning. You should stop eating completely at this point except for a couple of energy bars used at your own digression. Energy bars are perfect because they weigh almost nothing, but give you a little boost of energy when you need it.
DAY BEFORE BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU TOURNAMENT…….
With 24 hours until your weigh in you should have stopped drinking completely. Without working out you will lose around five pounds in 24 hours without drinking. Cutting off your fluids allows your body to flush out naturally. By the time you go to sleep you should be very close of your weigh in weight.
Now all you have to do is go to your Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tourney and compete like you have practiced.