DIET is one of the nightmares of an athlete.
Few are gifted with not having to go through this dilemma, but for sports categorized by weight, it is an ordeal that they face time and time again.
Diet or losing weight for a competition is dangerous if done improperly which can, worse, lead to death. Many have failed in of losing weight without the proper understanding of the risks that comes with it and the proper knowledge and supervision of doing it.
In combative sports, losing weight is part of their preparation before the competition which, presents problems that alters their supposed training, causing mishaps in their preparation. Losing weight while training is both punishing and death defying, according to most coaches and should not be part of training because it hinders the development of the athlete.
As an athlete, especially in combat sports, losing weight is never fun, having to put yourself into skipping meals, doing extra exercises to produce more sweat and worse, is having to bear with side effects due to lose of nutrients during the process like cramps, headaches, nausea and other body irregularities that will soon take its toll.
The fear of losing weight is not just confined to the side effect, but the activities one does just to lose some pounds, like running too much distance than the endurance and stamina could bear, running with unbreathable suit may cause heat stroke targeting the brain.
This and many other side effects of losing weight without the proper guidance and knowhow is perennial to combat sports just to make the weight category, one succumbs to the dangerous process.
A veteran trainer and combative coach suggest that athletes should train and compete in their normal weight. But if cutting weight is a must, it should be handled by expert so as not to do harm, because at the end of the day, while an athlete is losing weight to make it to the division, he might actually losing more than what he thinks he is achieving.