Nutrition

Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Some of the most crucial aspects of boxing, what fighters should be paying attention to, are also the most obvious.  When fighting is your business, you should be examining every detail that will allow you to be physically and mentally prepared and, ultimately, more profitable.  You should be constantly taking inventory to be sure you have all of the equipment you need and secure that you have your business is in order.  All of this starts at the surface…what’s most obvious to that guy who’s looking at you in the mirror when you’re shadowboxing, as well as that one in front of you on the other side of the ring.  It can be part of making a first impression, but your skin can also leave a lasting impression on your boxing career…depending on how you care for it.

Cheater Cheater

Its inevitable, heading into training, that you’re going to slip up, that you’re going to make mistakes.  Sometimes temptation can get the better of you, even though your intentions are good. In reality, if you are training the way that you should be, and adhering to a solid meal plan a majority of the time, those slip-ups won’t make or break you. Its when they become habitual and turn into a recurring problem that they can spell your downfall.

How Sweet it Is!

For anyone trying to lose weight, whether as a professional fighter or your average, weight conscious guy, one of the hardest critters to kick is the Sugar Bug. Yes, the sweet stuff. It’s delicious, enticing and makes you feel good (even if just temporarily). Unfortunately, its incredibly detrimental to your health as well as your waistline and, worse still, it is found in just about every product you see on your grocers shelves. As a fighter it can be frustrating because you need carbohydrates and sugars for your body to use as fuel for energy. So for most people, when they cut back on the sugars and carbs, its usually accompanied by a huge slump in energy. The good news is that there are healthy sources of carbs, sugars, and sugar alternatives available that, not only provide you with energy, but that also satisfy your sweet tooth and do not leave you feeling deprived.

Sugar Rush

Yes, they’re easy to grab on the run and seem to temporarily curb your hunger, but lay off the sweets. They do more harm than you realize and make it extremely hard to cut weight.  They are also severely bad for you health. According to Nancy Appleton, PhD, Some of the negative side effects of sugar include: suppressed immune system, asthma, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis.

Spencer Ward is a Nutritionist with the Acupuncture Center in Overland Park KS.

The Weighting Game

In the sport of boxing, diet and nutrition are a critical component to a fighters success. His body is his weapon and keeping it in top physical condition is essential. However, when most people talk about nutrition and boxing in the same discussion, more often than not, it tends to center around the subject of weight loss.