DIET OF A BOXER
After I’ve decided not to exercise and go to the gym any longer, I started researching the athlete’s diet. I was curious about their food habits, what they could eat and whether they would be burning calories if they were to eat like ordinary people – those who don’t practice sports. Coincidentally, I became acquainted with boxing, which had been unknown to me until then. Every day I was discovering boxers’ experiences related to their diet, losing weight in a short timeframe, and staying in full strength ready for the match. One of the essential topics was how they regain muscular mass after a fight. I found it fascinating that boxers can lose a few kilos in a day. The nutrition plan is made by the coaches before the preparation and competition period. The menu must be very complex so that at all times the body is nourished with everything it needs to function properly. Preparations of boxers for the next competitions start at the beginning of the year during the winter months and it is very important to strengthen the immune system for the upcoming months.
Besides daily training and ring matches, diet plays a large role in the appearance and muscle mass of boxers. Boxers must try to get as much protein and carbohydrates as possible. Protein builds muscle mass, that’s familiar and acceptable to me, but why carbs? That’s exactly what made me fat? The conclusion was – carbohydrates are allowed only if they are to be consumed!!!
Limited fluid intake helps the boxer reach his desired weight a few days before the match. Good advice for myself since I don’t drink enough water as should. But again I run into a situation that doesn’t suit me.
Three days before the match, boxers ingest 6-8 liters of water a day. Increased water intake encourages the body to excrete fluids more than usual and thus the desired weight is reached.
It just sounds like a “mission impossible” for me since I am having some bad drinking habits.
The end of weight loss is training. Boxers do specific exercises that include large muscle groups such as running, weightlifting, swimming, squats, fitness training. Needless to say, I don’t recognize myself in enduring this kind of training.
BOXING, NOBLE SKILL, NOBLE PEOPLE
I continue as before without training, still on a special diet. Not everyone was meant to be a boxer.
I was hoping I could use their knowledge for the ideal weight but ended up discovering much more: how the noble sports boxing was. For how mentally and physically resilient they are I find athletes who practice it “people with a big heart”.